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03 Jul 2015

            There are meetings I attend where people consider it perfectly acceptable to fire-up laptops and iPhones – then divide their attention.  My personal reaction to this is irritation – because it detracts from the quality of discussion – and is discourteous to those who switch off their devices.  This practice is an unfortunate sign of our times: digital connectivity becoming increasingly intrusive.

 

            According to official stats - three quarters of the world population now has a mobile phone; saw an African on TV last week who travels 30kms to his nearest charge point.  This global saturation confirms that we humans are an overwhelmingly social species – who rejoice in talking to each other – which has to be a good thing.  But it is impossible to observe some people's relationship with their mobile – without the word ‘addiction’ coming to mind; their sudden joy when it rings is like 'a fix'.

 

            I am in no doubt that the internet is a major boost to human progress – I can’t imagine what we did before search engines and email – but some people seem to get hooked and overdo it.  What concerns educationists and brain scientists is that young people may imagine that digital contact can substitute for actually being with people; a different experience entirely.  So I’m hoping that bringing electronic devices to meetings will come to be frowned upon.  People arrange meetings for a variety of reasons - and it's the attention we afford each other which enables progress; staring into screens has no part to play - disrespectful.

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The SENs: Friday 3rd July 2015

Friday’s EU Funding Masterclass seemed to be very well received with a lot of positive feedback – and, naturally, a series of further questions and enquiries. Over 60 folk attended. Our intention was to share some of the core information before much of the EU programmes are “open for business”. There was level of detail about the various ‘strategic packages’. We consider this important as a) this is how ESF and ERDF Programmes will be delivered; and b) potential applications will need to can fit into these packages to have a chance of securing funding. Further ‘masterclasses’ will be held over the summer – with the next one taking place in Aberdeen on Friday, 31st July at Home Comforts, 9 East Terrace, Union Sq. (10.30 -1pm). To book your place, see here.

 

News this week of a new SEN covering Perthshire. Sarah attended a meeting in Perth on Monday at PKAVS. Eight social enterprises attended and have now scheduled a series of meetings through till the end of the year – next one is on Monday, 27th July at PKAVS offices in Perth. If you interested or want more info’, contact Sarah.

 

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