Looking back

The Corporation Game came to an end. And a few things happened:

1. I wrote to the university to get an evaluation of the course done: Helen and Angela picked up on the assignment and had a round of conversation with the students and then met me. The process used was focus groups and interviews. The result of the evluation is to written up by them as a report. When I get this I will put it up on the blog and/or mail the game players a copy.

2. The Game Players made a book: The book is in the voice of the game players and tells the stody of an educational journey. Its very well written and put together. Give it a few years and when you loo back it will look good. I ahve spoken to colleagues about the CG by using the book.

3. I am writing a conference paper for Lisbon called the Corporation Game: In Lisbon I will meet all my old friends from Turkey, Israel and UK. This I will take to show them what I am up to.

Many of you keep coming up and saying ‘I have heard things’, and ‘are you going to run the corporation game again’- my answer to that is:
1. I will probably never ever run the Corporation Game.
2. All my teaching is based upon the principles that the students saw in the Corporation Game.
3. I believe the content of the course is irrelevant, it is the method that is critical. And the method that characterised my work in the CG is what I will always do.
4. I work upon the students, and build their capability. This is what I have done for 20 years. Its my second decade as a teacher of design – and nothing has changed.

But for those of you who saw significance in our collaborarive realisation – thank you. You ‘let go’ – and it works every time.

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Two Projects

This blog began its existence last year as a resource to develop a site for helping ‘waste enterpreneurs’ in the developing world.

It has now shifted a bit and is to focus this semester on the Recycling Incubator!

What Kind of Map

The first discussion looked at the GIS/ Cartography approach of the map makers of the city (Melway type). Subsequent discussion with students and people opened up the idea of maps as attractive posters, and collectibles.

Which then sent me off – to look at mythical maps and hand drawn maps. Some of which I have put below.

The audience for these maps are primarily children – and others who wish to portray their localities as something beautiful and important to take pride in. The maps are ‘putupable’, or pin up worthy. And revisited by children.

More Inspiration





Maps for inspiration




Why have you chosen to tackle the sustainability issue in this way?

Children and indigenous populations have a significant role to play in forming new ways for the community to appreciate city localities and suburbs. They both offer approaches for relating in emotional and intense ways to their surroundings. Thse ‘ways’ are significant for one approach towards a sustainable way of life. The maps, by highlighting the ecological, cultural, emotional and empathetic aspects of sites in localities can transform how people lead their lives and the choices they make. The maps provide others ways for people to connect with their surroundings and from this, they can build choices of how to spend their time and money in sustainable ways into their lives.

Project work plan PH1

Phase 1: Yarra City Map

City of Yarra, Collingwood College, Fitzroy Primary

1. Staff: RMIT/ Soumitri or TBC, Collingwood (TBC), Fitzroy (TBC), City Council (TBC)
2. Students RMIT: Elective students up to 10
3. Students: Collingwood/ Fitzroy – TBC

Project Details:
1. 4hrs a fortnight from July end to Nov.
2. Venue: Collingwood College (make Map room)
3. Research Walks: Students will break up into groups and walk thru the identified area.
4. The Staff/ Student team will generate large Maps of the areas for discussion.
5. The students (A) will make a digital – illustrator file – map and put their sites on it.
6. The Students (B) will make hand made maps for an exhibition.
7. The Maps will be exhibited at the Town Hall or other city venue.