@bryanalexander I don't think of Mastodon in terms of benefits. It's a community I can chat with. It is fluid and evolving. Sometimes there's a lot of activity; sometimes there's none. I like that the people here aren't trying to sell me things. I like that it's relaxed.

@bryanalexander I'm sorry I didn't see this sooner. I'm glad you came back to take another look ;)


@Tdorey @Downes @bryanalexander

I'm sorry too that I missed it. But I really like Stephen's "community I can chat with".

I've found community I think with, at a scale I can live with.

@katebowles @bryanalexander @Downes @Tdorey The occasionally missing things and then finding them is part of being here (or being allowed to not be here while life/or stuff takes over)

I genuinely value the contribution and communication that comes now or in a month.

The point is:

You found it.

@lauraritchie @katebowles

A community I can think with. At a scale I can live with. A place where being away is noticed, but understood and accepted. A space to restore and recharge, to remember and reflect on the things that really matter.

(Feeling very thankful right now. 🌻 )

@Downes @bryanalexander

@bryanalexander «Small is beautiful» works. Although to me it often feels more like «slow is beautiful». Kinda like the social media equivalent to slow food. @lauraritchie @katebowles @Downes @Tdorey

@bryanalexander That sounds about right. Working on something with @katebowles @lauraritchie describing (tentatively) a 'pedagogy of small'. Someone has mentioned a book Small is Beautiful by Schumacher too, though I kinda like @fgraver 's 'slow is beautiful' too!


On a similar topic, I've been a little quiet because I've been writing about y'all & here again. smallstories.trubox.ca/weaving

Prompted be @tellio , I'm sharing, widening the circle & inviting feedback via hypothesis (or any other means). I'm also thinking of turning the smallstories wp site into a 'we-search' hub... (All thoughts welcome)

@fgraver @lauraritchie @katebowles @bryanalexander @GeoffreyGevalt @ShorterPearson @dogtrax @Downes

@Tdorey @dogtrax @ShorterPearson @GeoffreyGevalt @bryanalexander @katebowles @lauraritchie @fgraver @tellio

This and the related discussion led me to think of a 'pedagogy of harmony' as my own perspective (as opposed to pedagogy of small, say, or pedagogy of slow - buy also, on reflection, as opposed to Friere's pedagogy of the oppressed (and later pedagogy of hope')).

What is a 'pedagogy of harmony'? I'm not exactly sure, but it combines a feeling of well-being and comfort and inclusion.


@Downes @tellio @fgraver @lauraritchie @katebowles @bryanalexander @ShorterPearson @dogtrax @Tdorey ... what an interesting thought and concept. If I look at what happens in youngwritersproject.org it is ENTIRELY about harmony -- how kids relate to each other in a way that is supportive and respectful, while maintaining inquisitiveness and voice. So as a definition of pedagogy -- while small is part of the equation -- harmony is really the essence. Thank you, Stephen. geoff

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