In which ladybirds invade my blog

I sat down this morning to try to make sense of everything that has happened over the past two weeks – and the mind map at the top of the post gives an idea of how far I got in fifteen minutes. I can see that it is going to take a while to digest.   Plus next week I will be on a writing retreat which does not have internet access as a matter of principle, so it might take me a while to get all the stuff onto the blog that I want to share.  But, let’s make a start with something lovely.

At the Art of Management conference last week we had the customary conference bag, this time a nice strong jute shopper which will come in handy, but the wonderful Jenna, who was working like a demon to make sure the whole thing was a success, got her grandmother to make us all a knitted ladybird.  At first it seems there was some opposition to this.  Was it a bit infantile?  Did it fit with the drive to make the conference more academically rigorous?  In the end Jenna won and the ladybirds were a big hit:

Coincidentally, the ladybird is the theme of a large project I have just become involved with to think about teaching sustainability using arts-based methods, with my very good friend, Beatriz Acevedo.  We are going to start a project blog in which the ladybird speaks, in fact it’s the ladybird’s blog.  So I couldn’t resist swiping some of the remaining ladybirds which formed the table decorations at the conference dinner for my co-researchers Helen, Charlotte and Ramos:

So, that was a nice bit of synchronicity to start our Go Green project.  And also respect to Jenna’s grandmother and her flying needles for turning out over a hundred of the little creatures which were absolutely beautifully made.

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  1. pbmgarden
    pbmgarden says:

    I’ve always known these as ladybugs, but like your term very much. Your mind map seems like a useful way to put ideas in order–must try it. I’ve seen these diagrams but not used quite this way. Thanks.

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  2. annjrippin
    annjrippin says:

    Yes, it’s interesting, isn’t it, ladybirds are beetles which we love but most insects – spiders particularly – give me the creeps. We found a cricket on a worktop in the kitchen yesterday and were delighted. Odd the bugs we love and those we don’t – as a gardener you must find that. Lily beetles here are spectacular to look at but murder to deal with. Glad you like the mind map. I was sent on a very expensive course to learn how to do them when I worked in Financial Services and have always felt duty bound to use them since!

    Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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