Open Source Education project started

I have established a hashtag for this pursuit, so if you add #OpenED to your post on almost any of the social media sites, including WordPress, you will associate that content with this community project.

There comes a time when you are drawn to starting a new project and the next thing you know is that you’re transported to calling. That’s how this feels.

Open ED - Learning just wants to be free
Open ED – Learning just wants to be free

Tweet it out loud

First, it was just an idea for a new Facebook community page to share educational resources that are open sourced (no copyright) and mostly free. Then I started feeling inspired to use my skills and background in social media to grow a movement.

Twitter is the second social media site (that it still in existence at least) that I joined, the first and longest-running is LinkedIn. Even if you don’t have a Twitter account, but have a LinkedIn, Google or Facebook one, reach out and connect with me. They are tied together to share most of my content.

#OpenED

Regardless of your account status, you can always cross-connect using what is known as a “hashtag”. I have established a hashtag for this pursuit, so if you add #OpenED to your post on almost any of the social media sites, including WordPress, you will associate that content with this community project. Easy? Yup!

Making a motto

Learning just want to be free

Free to you and me, and anyone who can access a plethora of free or nearly free, content for self-education, general learning and all educational levels; that’s the way I roll.

After a brief brainstorming sessions…with myself…I came up with the group name, motto, community rules and started up the Facebook community page. The page needs a cover and profile pic, so I created them in Adobe Illustrator using some of the free clip art files I found about a week ago hanging out on my OneDrive. Funny how things comes together that are meant to be.

Great things to come…soon

This is just one day, not even a whole day, and ideas are congealing into a viable project that I feel excited to get into the world. Expect a crowdfunding request to go out, as well as an online storefront (haven’t decided which platform yet for either).

As I like to say, stay tuned for upcoming developments…but no need to wait, just jump in on one of the many social media sites that I have already started. More, so much more, to come!

Free Ebook: Photography 101

Photography 101 - Basics of photography and the power of storytelling
Free eBook: Photography 101 – Basics of photography and the power of storytelling

EBOOK: PHOTOGRAPHY 101

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via Ebook: Photography 101 | The Daily Post.

Discovery of gatekeeper nerve cells explains the effect of nicotine on learning and memory

ScienceDaily (Oct. 7, 2012) — Researchers at Uppsala University have, together with Brazilian collaborators, discovered a new group of nerve cells that regulate processes of learning and memory. These cells act as gatekeepers and carry a receptor for nicotine, which can explain our ability to remember and sort information. The discovery of the gatekeeper cells, which are part of a memory network together with several other nerve cells in the hippocampus, reveal new fundamental knowledge about learning and memory.

via Discovery of gatekeeper nerve cells explains the effect of nicotine on learning and memory.

Knowledge without Pursuit

Sunset reflected in ocean shallows
As above, so below...life reflects the Divine.

Knowledge does not need to be actively pursued. It’s enough that you remain open and available to the world of knowledge as a function of you living your life. Questions come readily to mind which, as it becomes part of your intent of learning from life, are answered by the Universe in a variety of ways. It is your awareness of these answers as they appear for your “consumption” which will determine the ultimate “knowledge” which will be gained. This is not to say that you should not actively choose to pursue learning, but knowledge is a function of the past-learning more than it is current integration of experience.

The confusion arises through the use and connotation associated with the word, knowledge, itself. Breaking it down to its component parts, “know” refers to encapsulated thoughts, particularly thoughts about the past that have been incorporated into yourself. The adding of the “ledge” suffix implies an institutionalization of the former—fully encasing that which has already become part and parcel of who you are with little room for growth or change. Knowledge at least partially excludes the possibly of the necessity for change; it is prohibitive of the growth require by humans. It was aptly said, “Ignorance is bliss.” Ignorance is not the opposite of knowledge, merely its complement.

When faced with this dichotomy, it may seem a hopeless quagmire. This is due to the need of the mind to have dominion over the self, and, therefore over the limitless nature of the soul. If you were supposed to possess knowledge, it would be provided at birth. In a way, it is. There are many forms of what you call knowledge which are readily available to you at any time—to say you were “born” with this is, again, somewhat of a misnomer. It is more accurate to say that all “knowledge” is always available for all of you to access.

The real difference inherent in this play of words is the intention and the “knowing-ness” of its endless and bountiful source. You are never denied access, you have been told—you have but to ask and it shall be yours. This knowingness which is the deepest form of faith that holds the key to manifesting everything into your life that you desire.

Abundance is yours for the asking, but, more often than not, you merely “think” you desire that which you perceive is not already yours which sets up the equation for failure. Herein lies your experience of lack and poverty in all things—the state of want is a self-fulfilling prophesy. This is also your choice—just a less conscious one.