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That's like WSUD - Learning to play chess

That's like WSUD - Learning to play chess

Hi,

In his book The Art of Learning, Josh Waitzkin explains that young chess players are normally taught in one of two ways. Complex opening repertoires vs internalising the principles by learning the end game.

It strikes me that our journey to a water sensitive future is like a chess game. It will progress through different phases. We should definitely develop skills in the current phase (or paradigm), but not at the expense of understanding the principles that will ultimately underpin a water sensitive future. 

Like this episode? You can find more ideas inspired by Josh Waitzkin here.

Cheers

Jack

That's like WSUD - The art of learning

That's like WSUD - The art of learning

Hi everyone,

Josh Waitzkin is a former child chess prodigy turned martial arts world champion and author, but his real skill is learning and performance. In his book, the Art of Learning (which, by the way, is a great book) Josh describes the challenges he faced while writing his first book about chess. As an accomplished chess player, Josh found it challenging to take the many concepts that he had internalised, and unearth them in order to teach them in the book.

Josh's challenges reminded me a little bit of WSUD. Particularly the challenge that I currently see us having developing scoring systems to rate the condition of vegetated stormwater treatment assets. I know many people who can very accurately assess a system and talk about its condition, but when it comes to codifying this in a teachable and repeatable framework... well I've never seen it work...

Perhaps we can learn something from Josh's experience.

Cheers

Jack

 

 

Two important WSUD lessons from New Zealand

Two important WSUD lessons from New Zealand

Hello there!

Today, more from WSUD in New Zealand. Specifically, two important observations. The first has to do with how vertical drops in public spaces are treated in New Zealand. The second relates to how and why their stormwater policy's appear to be incentivising a far wider array of WSUD approaches than Australia's policy is.

Cheers

Jack

Finding passion and work

Finding passion and work

Today we're joined by Steph Brown from Bligh Tanner

Students regularly ask me for advice on how to find a work experience placement or a first job after uni. Steph and I discuss this topic in detail, including Steph's awesome approach that she used to get first a student placement and then a job at Bligh Tanner.

Enjoy, and thank you Steph for the chat!

Cheers

Jack

Learning by checking assumptions

Learning by checking assumptions

Hello hello,

I get stuff wrong.

Quite a lot of stuff, to tell you the truth.

That used to bother me.

It doesn’t anymore. I recognize that it’s human to make mistakes.

BUT… I do believe it’s worthwhile working to ty and stop myself making mistakes.

One source of mistakes in the past (and present!) for me has been not fully inspecting bioretention systems. You know the way it is. You’ve seen hundreds of systems before. That one looks know different. You don’t need to check everything out do you?

I certainly need to.

This video demonstrates why.

Cheers

Jac

The power of photos

The power of photos

Hi everyone,

Developing a library of photos is an invaluable way to learn about WSUD. I didn't realise this when I started collecting photographs of systems and categorising them, but 6 and a bit years later  it is rare that I'm not making use of my photo library at least once a week.

Cheers

Jack

Making time to observe

Making time to observe

Hi everyone,

In the last episode we talked about how observing things out in the real world is a great way to start learning about WSUD. The next obvious question is then, how do I make the time?

Cheers

Jack

Learning by observing

Learning by observing

Hi everyone,

In this episode... look I forgot to write this description piece. I'm going to let you watch the video.

Cheers

Jack