It was supposed to a quick stop. In and out. A check-in. Basically a #keepingupwiththeKhans in lieu of the Joneses. Plus, we didn’t have any other plans this Saturday night. We trooped into Lahore Eat with minimal expectations and maxing out on comfy shoes. To our collective surprise, the open-air stadium ground was well-kept, there was a large variety of activities to take part in, from attending a concert to taking part in a renegade rickshaw ride.
Without meaning to, our inhibitions started melting away. Something pulled us in… reeled us in. Reminded us of what can not be terrorized out of us. It was our distinctly Pakistani flair for Life –> ZEEST *.
*Zeest is a word from the Urdu language that literally means viability and life.
We live life to the fullest – it’s a gift. We cherish it in every which way: by wearing the brightest colors, laughing a little too loud, singing off-key in public spaces and spending time with those we love the most. Those couple of hours at Lahore Eat became a testament to our collective joie de vivre.
I recently took part in a session at the OLC Innovate 2017:Education Reimagined Conference. The virtual participation format was impressive and glitch-free.
Questions were raised by the global participants and were answered by on-site participants Michael Berman, Lora Taub-Pervizpour, and Patrice Prusko. This particular session was masterfully co-moderated by Wendy Taleo, our Virtual Buddy, in Australia and by Michael Berman, our on-site buddy in NOLA.
Snippets from the session itself which referenced the Solution Design Summit (SDS) event at OLC Innovate :
- How are students experiencing courses that we are designing?
- Food truck imagery was used metaphorically by students to describe just-in-time training/learning experiences during the SDS.
- There was only one team from community colleges; looking forward to further collaborations in future projects/discussions.
- There is a need for increased participation from community colleges at future summits and projects.
- What challenges do community college-going students face that may limit/hamper/alter their ability to participate in off-campus summits and conferences?
- The next OLC Innovate Conference should include a fully virtual team.
- There should be a set program for virtual participants.
There was much more that was discussed, as it was a remarkably lively conversation, but for that to be shared I would have to decipher my scribbled notes. 😀
Being able to participate in conversations that matter, conversations that have the potential to solve key challenges in Education while being half-way across the world was a liberating experience. This virtual session gave us all the opportunity to break out our respective silos and engage in meaningful dialogue about the Future of Education. A big shout-out to everyone in the session: Lora, Patrice, Wendy T, Michael, Wendy F, Apostolos, Yin-Wah and Mark !