What you’ll see here was originally designed for the Pecha Kucha presentation I gave at the IATEFL Conference (Glasgow, 2012).
A Pecha Kucha is a presentation consisting of 20 slides, each automatically set to be on screen for only 20 seconds. So the whole presentation lasts only 6 minutes and 40 seconds!
Since I spent hours and hours to get this one right (though I doubt I got it), I thought I would spend a few more hours to make it a website. Anyway, the 20×20 thing is the reason there are 20 parts here.
What appears immediately below each image is a near reproduction of what I said in the presentation (again, that’s why they’re short: 20secs). There are some attempts to be funny, as expected in an ELT Pecha Kucha, but I didn’t quite succeed in that, so nevermind the semi-jokes.
The Fragments are things I wish I’d had time to say, or things which I’ve used as reference to the whole chaos/complexity thing I’ve been so enthusiastic about.
So here we go, slide number 1:
If there is too much order, everything becomes the same, and novelty is suppressed.
If there is too much chaos, nothing can last long; everything is just a big destructive jumble.
The Edge of Chaos is somewhere in between. And that’s where we want to be.
This is a magic point, where unimaginable things can emerge.