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25 SEPTEMBER 2013

Ladies Learning Code: promoting a diverse workforce

"Ladies Learning Code is a Toronto–based not–for–profit organization that runs workshops for women (and men) who want to learn beginner–friendly computer programming and other technical skills in a social and collaborative way. Today we have chapters across Canada, a thriving girls' program called Girls Learning Code and a permanent workshop space in Toronto. Oh, and we're just getting started."

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Simon Perkins
28 MARCH 2013

All students should have the opportunity to be creative with code

This is a useful initiative, despite its narrow focus on engineering and science. It would be great to see the companion film which profiles creative arts and design professionals who regularly use programming as part of their practice/work.

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Simon Perkins
25 JUNE 2010

The concept of the craftsperson has moved far from the worlds of material practices

"Richard Sennett's seminal work on skills in society is an authoritative reference to this research (Sennett, 2008). His book asks two key questions: What are skills and what are the ways in which skills improve? He shows that there are three issues at the heart of what is involved in becoming a craftsman (someone who posses skills) today. That the concept of the craftsman has moved far from the worlds of material practices. Nowadays it includes computer programmers but there is continuity between those who worked with their hands in the physical world in the past to those who work in, for example the virtual world today! He argues skills are talked about and understood in a very narrow way and there is a limited sense of what we mean by being skilled."

(Robert Young, Elizabeth MacLarty, Kathryn McKelvey)

Sennett, R. (2008). The Craftsman. London, Penguin Books.

Young, R., E. MacLarty, et al. (2009). The Design Postgraduate Journeyman: Mapping the Relationship between Design Thinking and Doing with Skills Acquisition for Skilful Practice. International Association of Societies of Design Research.

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Simon Perkins
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