Today I received my Certificate in Social Sector Leadership from the Philanthropy University and the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. I have been working on their 7 MOOCs classes since March. Philanthropy University is the “first-of-its kind educational initiative helps people working for social good deepen their impact and change the world” (http://philanthropyu.org/). The classes were: LEADERSHIP: TEN RULES FOR IMPACT AND MEANING, GLOBAL SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP, ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY: ASSESSMENT TO ACTION, FUNDRAISING: HOW TO CONNECT WITH DONORS, HOW TO SCALE SOCIAL IMPACT, ESSENTIALS OF NONPROFIT STRATEGY, and FINANCIAL MODELING FOR THE SOCIAL SECTOR. All of the classes were very interesting, involving some type of group work, video watching, readings, an assignment, and included individuals from around the globe.
1. My first short story: “The Personal Diary of Mrs. Martha Hudson, Housekeeper to the Famed Detective Sherlock Holmes” published in The Norwegian Explorers 2016 Christmas Annual, No. 15: The Miss Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
2. Back to flying – first time in over a year
3. Visiting the Art Institute of Chicago to see “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms” exhibit
4. I’m a trading card!
5. Passed my PhD Comprehensive Exams and received the Department’s challenge coin
6. I’m in a comic book “Watson and Holmes: Volume 2”
7. Passed my PhD Comprehensive Exams and received the Department’s challenge coin
8. Final Project for my MEd “Harvey the Husky: an Adventure Learning Game”
9. Final Project for my MEd “Harvey the Husky: an Adventure Learning Game”
10. Received my Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Learning Technologies
I recently finished a edX “MITx 14.73x: The Challenges of Global Poverty,” a course of study offered by MITx, an online learning initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology through edX, by Esther Duflo and Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee. It was another MOOCs class that I decided to try and overall it was nicely done, so I guess I would say that it falls in the middle (not the best MOOCs, but not the worst MOOCs). It always drives me a bit crazy when you email whoever is suppose to be running the class and they never respond. Why post an email address if you are not going to respond? It did supplemented some of my PhD classes, so that was nice. The class had videos, tests at the end of each week, and even a little final (25 questions) at the end of the class. I passed the class and so I received a Verified Certificate of Achievement which was issued on December 15, 2016.
Little Wing is a Finnish movie looking to go to the Golden Globes. So I backed their campaign and my ‘special thanks’ on IMDB just went up. The movie is “tells the story of 12-year-old Varpu (Linnea Skog), who’s quickly growing to adulthood, and about her mother (Paula Vesala), who doesn’t want to grow up. Varpu lives with her mother and has never met her father. One night Varpu has enough of her riding buddies and her mother. She steals a car and drives up north in search of her father, of whom she only knows the name. But her father is not exactly what she had expected. Meeting him trigger something in Varpu and Siru’s life, making them realize their role in each other’s lives, and in the world” (www.imdb.com/title/tt4636254). Hopefully they will make it to the Golden Globes! Go Little Wing!
I discuss my time as a Librarian in Honduras (2002-2003) in the new book Taking your MLIS Abroad: Getting and Succeeding in an International Library Job by Lara Seven Phillips & Katherine G. Holvoet which was just published on November 30, 2016. From what I have read so far, its a great book and gives honest answers (the good, the bad, and the ugly) about working as a librarian abroad.
Lara and Kate had a call/announcement looking for librarians who had experience working out of the country and then sent those individuals a questionnaire with 15 questions. Later other questions were asked via email. I did not, as many people know, have a good experience working in Honduras and I don’t mind sharing. All the answers that I gave for the book where things that I have told family, friends, and co-workers over the years.
This was my favorite sentence that I submitted (and its something that I always say) and sadly it did not make the editing cut is: “not every adventure is a good adventure.” This is so true. I had many trips before Honduras around Central and South American and had wonderful adventures, but this was the fist time I was in a situation that was truly horrible. I hated it and I wanted to leave every day I was there. But I stayed one year and left at the end of the school year.
The whole passage I submitted was: “I came to realize that not every adventure is a good adventure. Some adventures are terrible and they suck and you will end up hating them and that’s totally ok. It’s ok to have a bad adventure, learn from it, and leave. Even if you have a contact, don’t be a martyr, as no one cares. Get out of it what you want to and then leave.”
What ended up in the book: “It’s ok to have a bad adventure, learn from it, and leave. Even if you have a contact, don’t be a martyr, as no one cares. Get out of it what you want to and then leave.”
Taking your MLIS Abroad is a fun book and I am quoted a few (I think I counted 13) times, so buy the book or get it from your local library.