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General Discussion / Re: GA Conference
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:26:28 AM »
See you there!

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General Discussion / A Greater London National Park*
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:26:09 AM »
What would a National Park City be like?

A couple of weeks ago I worked with a small team to create a website for the Greater London National Park* (*Officially a Notional Park). The site is a provocation that is based on a serious idea. While the site focusses on London, clearly other cities could be suggested too...

Please do take a look at the site which mirrors official National Park websites:
http://www.greaterlondonnationalpark.org.uk/

The "Help make it real" section gives a visions and reasons for the park:
http://www.greaterlondonnationalpark.org.uk/get-involved/

And you will find a Student challenge at:
http://www.greaterlondonnationalpark.org.uk/get-involved/student-challenge/

I also wrote a short piece for Nat Geo Education that you can read at:
http://blog.education.nationalgeographic.com/2014/04/02/10-reasons-why-london-should-become-a-national-park/

It is clearly a controversial idea... I would love to know what you think.

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Promotions / Re: Mission:Explore Water
« on: January 14, 2014, 03:30:09 PM »
Awesome. Thank you!

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Promotions / Mission:Explore Water
« on: January 03, 2014, 07:49:34 PM »
New for 2014, Mission:Explore Water is a series of creative and inspirational activities that help children to learn all about water.

Download the student book and teacher notes to discover 51 different activities that investigate:

- Rain
- Rivers and flow
- Harvesting water
- Using water
- Waste water

Brimming with outdoor and exploration-based activities, Mission:Explore Water is an original and engaging way to teach and learn about water. It is also overflowing with ideas for taking part in:

> February 2 - World Wetlands Day
> March 14 - International Day of Action for Rivers
> March 22 - World Water Day
> March 23 - World Meteorological Day

Free, illustrated, innovative, cross-curricular and printable Mission:Explore is available now. Please support our Thunderclap and download yourself a copy:

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/7794-teach-the-value-of-water

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General Discussion / The Great Nature Project
« on: September 04, 2013, 02:50:14 PM »
The Great Nature Project - a great bit of citizen science from Nat Geo..

"For 125 years, National Geographic has dedicated itself to inspiring people to care about the planet. Now we want to ignite the world's appreciation for, and awareness of, biodiversity during a worldwide celebration in September 2013. Our goal is to encourage one million participants from around the globe to go out into their neighborhoods, and take and upload a photograph of a plant or animal with the hashtag #GreatNature.

Use this collection of resources to dig deeper into biodiversity, explore citizen science, and develop photography skills. Plan your own species inventory during a bioblitz or learn about conservation of weird and wild flora, fauna, and everything in between. We encourage you to make the Great Nature Project your own—after all, we are all explorers."

http://www.greatnatureproject.org/

http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/great-nature-project/?ar_a=1


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"The Mission:Explore online Summer Camp is going to be 100 days of warped adventures, wild activities and daring challenges. Join the Summer Camp community and from June 1st you will be sent daily missions to explore the great outdoors, no matter where in the world you are.

Carefully crafted by our camp challengers, you will be sent missions to attempt by National Geographic, National Parks, the RSPB, Scouts, John Muir and other exploration experts.

Complete the daring missions outdoors and you will develop your expertise in Mission:Exploring and discover new things about yourself and the world around you. You'll have some random fun and be able to pick up some rewards too."

http://www.missionexplore.net/summercamp

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General Discussion / Re: Geog Collective gets famous!
« on: February 24, 2013, 11:18:12 AM »


I found the link because of a vague curiousness about what had happened  to 'Giving Geography Its Place' ( something I was always cynical about). The link is on the Geography Collective site with a few supportive comments from fellow 'guerillas'.

InterContinental are the world's biggest hotel chain. If you honestly think that they have a genuine interest in anything other than their profits then I think you are being plain stupid. I don't think that you are stupid.

Good for you Dan if this is how you want to play your career. But for heavens sake lets have some honesty and lets stop pretending that this is some sort of grass roots revolution for Geography.
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I hear what you are saying, but you're making a number of quite large assumptions on my behalf. I'm not always a 'guerrilla', that would simply be exhausting. In terms of this not being a revolution for geography... no, but in my opinion it's another step forward. This conversation is geographic in nature and I've been pleased to work with InterContinental to keep it geographical and directly associated to geography.

I personally think that many large companies have an interest in protecting whatever their product is. For InterContinental a large part of their product is 'places', so why shouldn't they ask questions about how they should be managed for the future? As a significant international organisation that have a large effect on hundreds of communities around the world I think it's better they are asking the questions than not. If you can see a better way for them to manage their business  then share your ideas (http://www.ted.com/conversations/16594/how_will_travel_change_local_p.html), they are listening.

I don't think it's right to complain about what companies do and then to complain again when they reflect on or improve their practices. The way it should work is that problems are identified, improvements are made and we move forward.

Like I say, I think this is a good learning opportunity and one in which young people themselves can directly talk to this organisation.

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General Discussion / Re: Geog Collective gets famous!
« on: February 23, 2013, 06:03:17 PM »
Hi All.

I've enjoyed reading this thread. I thought I'd chip in with a couple of points.

First off, the video has nothing to do with The Geography Collective... it's just me. I am in The Geography Collective, but that's as far as the association goes.

Secondly, InterContinental have a genuine interest in how local places are being influenced by globalisation. I think that most geographers are aware that the movement of people, ideas, technologies and products are. In this film we're simply asking questions and I'm personally delighted to see a major organisation like InterContinental not only asking the questions, but doing it openly to a public audience. Perhaps the fact the video is so beautifully filmed will help to engage a new audiences to think about the issues raised in the film and if that's the case, I'll be even more pleased to be involved.

The TED conversation is open to anyone over 13 (like most social media sites). I think it would be an interesting one for students to join, especially A Level.


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General Discussion / #GuerrillaGeographyDay - Feb 7
« on: January 29, 2013, 06:59:52 PM »
Hello,

The next Guerrilla Geography Day is on Feb 7th and focusses on the theme of Gender Representation. It's a radical piece of fieldwork and it would be great if you could join in some way.

http://guerrillageographyday.com/
http://guerrillageographyday.com/2013/01/27/acting-on-gender-inequality/
http://guerrillageographyday.com/2013/01/29/saint-edmunds-year-10-guerrilla-geography-day/

I hope this looks of interest. Do let me know if you have any questions, thoughts, ideas or comments!

Dan

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Promotions / Re: TGC Geography Camp in Derbyshire this November
« on: November 27, 2012, 06:11:29 PM »
Last few spaces left if you want to come along! It's a great bunch of people coming.

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General Discussion / #GuerrillaGeographyDay - Nov 7
« on: October 01, 2012, 02:10:06 PM »
November 7th is the first ever Guerrilla Geography Day. It was suggested by Steven Mouldey in New Zealand and is being collaboratively developed at:

http://guerrillageographyday.com/educators/

Please do take a look and get involved if you can. If you have any questions please do let me know.

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Promotions / Re: TGC Geography Camp in Derbyshire this November
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:29:15 AM »
Guerrilla Geography = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESUIDD6e8KU
Guerrilla Box = We don't know yet, we'll decide together at the event.

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Promotions / TGC Geography Camp in Derbyshire this November
« on: September 09, 2012, 10:14:04 PM »
Free on November 30th - December 2nd? It would be great to see you for....

The Geography Collective ~ Derbyshire Camp
Guerrilla Geography
Hide, Seek, Scavenger, (wo)man hunt and woodland games
Geographies of Beer with City Farmers (Real Ale included)
Mapping the boundaries of your freedom with Matt
Game Design for Cities with Jana
Something to do with nature and play with Juliet
Life beyond detention: Women, Home & Mental Health with Menah
The Geography of... - The (re)start of a collaborative book
Creation of The Guerrilla Box
Geography Curriculum by The Government with Alan
Summer Festivals 2013 Planning
Freestyle landscape Painting
1:1:1 Micro-Expeditions
TGC Big Meeting
Lift shares organised
Dance with Christina
Certificates of (non-)attendence
Guerrilla Geography Day 2013
Writing for Mission:Explore workshop
A walk, some serious silliness and other stuff
More TBA

http://geographycollectivederbyshirecamp.eventbrite.com/

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Promotions / Win 30 copies of Mission:Explore Food
« on: July 21, 2012, 12:00:24 PM »

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Promotions / Mission:Explore Food - Available to download
« on: June 29, 2012, 09:30:58 AM »
In advance of the offline digital launch on Saturday we’re very pleased to share Mission:Explore Food with you, online and on iBooks. The printed edition will be available from September. Please do 'grab' a digital copy and let us know what you think about it.

Graphicly – View online
http://graphicly.com/mission-explore/mission-explore-food/4
(Use the code Obbligato for 50% off. Limited offer.)

iBooks – Download onto iTouch, iPhone or iPad
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/mission-explore-food/id540428358?mt=11&ls=1

We're also looking for some schools to visit in September/October time. We will be offering mission workshops, talks and more. If you would potentially like to be part of the Mission:Explore Expeditionary Tour please let us know below.


What some people are saying about Mission:Explore Food

“Oh blimey the book is BRILLIANT!!!!! It needs to be in every school in the country!” Emma Freud

“This is a brilliant book.” Rob Bushby, John Muir Award Manager, John Muir Trust.

“It’s not a book for the bookshelf; it’s one to have out, finger-marked and grubby from all the activities that lie within. Brilliant – I love it!” Bob Digby.

“A must have book for any adult wanting to grow their own well balanced child!” Huw James, Science Junkie.

“Bear Grylls meets Jamie with a hint of Guerrilla.” Bob Lang.

“Do you know a child that loves getting their hands dirty and playing with their food? Then this is the book for them! Packed with fun missions and guerrilla gardening, Mission:Explore Food will get children thinking more about where their food comes from. Right, I’m going to plant an ugly vegetable…” Ruth Hendry, Planet Science.

“This is an amazing book. It’s anarchic and chaotic (in a good way). It is also cleverly set out to entice all those who take eating for granted to think a little bit about things that sometimes don’t get thought about at all! Most important of these? Soil!” David Lambert.

“Reading this book is like climbing into another world: where guerrilla geographers live. They like stinky smells, bleugh tastes, behaving strangely, imagining things that couldn’t exist and then making them anyway, laughing inappropriately, and learning some serious geography in the process. Once you are in, you will never escape. Your eyes, ears, tongue, nose, feet, hair, brain, um … sandwiches are in the blender. A masterpiece of food geography. Probably the only book I will ever recommend to my undergrads, buy for my kids, and use as a plate.” Professor Ian Cook, food geography boffin, University of Exeter.

“This wacky and wonderful book engages the reader with challenging missions of exploration into one of our most fundamental needs – food. Accepting the missions sets the guerrilla explorer on a curious journey of discovery that is personal, quirky, geographical and ethical. Can you live on £1 a day? How many people in the world have to? Can you recognise endangered fish? How do we avoid eating them? Once basic training is complete the explorer investigates everything from growing, harvesting, cooking, eating, waste and soil accompanied by tips and warnings that any intrepid explorer would need to heed in a dangerous environment where even the world might just turn upside down. If you only buy one book on food this should be it. As it says in the introduction, ‘this book will change the way you see food forever’.” John Lyon.

“Geographers are fond of tracing where things come from, following connections between distant places and thinking about relationships and inter-dependencies. When we think about food, we often talk about closing the links along the supply chain from ‘farm to fork’ or ‘plough to plate’. But, all too often, these ideas are expressed in abstract terms like global food security and sustainable intensification. This exciting new book avoids these abstractions and takes a much more direct hands-on approach, providing us with a whole new set of resources for understanding the world of food. Using the language of exploration and discovery, readers encounter recipes for nettle pesto and elderflower pancakes and are invited to engage in culinary cartography, fantasy farming and guerrilla gardening. Mission: Explore Food provides a fresh way of understanding some fundamental things about the stuff of life through participatory research and action-orientated learning. Take the challenge: get down and dirty with the Geography Collective and City Farmers.” Professor Peter Jackson, University of Sheffield.

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