Welcome in the the rabbit hole!
Here pieces of ideas are explored, expressed, shared, reflected on, again recycled by sharing and when new contributions are added they emerge in a dance of meaning: they get contextualized in a connected way, and get a place in the whole.
This is my personal journey into exploring the world of ideas. Ideas about things that matter. Ideas are light and energy, and by delving into the different light colors and vibrations, I try to find my own light and vibration in the tapestry of diversity.
My name is Nadia, I was born in 1980 (so, sociologically speaking I’m a gen Y). I’m a teacher at the University of Aruba, where I teach amongst other things on subjects like: critical & new media literacies and sociological themes that go hand in hand with a developmental approach: e.g. social change, fore-sighting and finding solutions to social problems (expanding and painting the sociological imagination).
I used to work as a policy advisor in the Education sector, where I have learned so much, and now I’m experiencing education in the flesh. Not only as a teacher, but as a lifelong student. Learning is a magical transformative state of being, and I’m thankful for the realization that the essence of what makes us humans is that we are lifelong learners: we give meaning to our existence by consciously transforming ourselves everyday. Or like the French philosopher Bergson (1911) states poetically:
” For a conscious being to exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly”
I am a sociologist fascinated by subjects like social change, empowerment of communities, developmental studies, change, especially whole system change processes, collective intelligence, everything that connects humans with each other and empowers them.
As a sociologist, I’m obsessed with the study of the social effects of technology, especially social media/web 2.0. I imagine myself as a digital ethnographer who explores the (social) behavior of digital natives: the collision of human and technology. (This is the area of research I’m dedicating all my time lately and this will continue for a long time )
I’m fascinated by developmental issues, how the active agency is manifested by humans and the difference of manifestation of this between generations and contexts.
I also have a love for communication sciences and practices (I have a background in Communication and Information Sciences). Moving from the more traditional view on communication (coding and decoding of messages), to the more holistic approach of connection: what is it that connects humans to each other?
I’m fascinated by the (healing and connecting) power of authentic dialogue and have a keen curiosity into the workings of dynamic meaning generating devices such as metaphors and stories. On the more scientific level of communication, I explore the way reality is constructed through discourse by analyzing how language mediates experience and frames social reality (especially in the field of media- and political discourse).
I invite you to join the conversation…
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