|Word the of the week must be optimism! Democracy has been given voice in the US as transition processes start, Virgin are offering cheap flights over Christmas to incentivise the brave, vaccine production is the new daily highlight and with advent in full swing – higher levels of life enhancing chocolate consumption (aka Maltesers) is high!
Given big numbers in relative terms have gone manically global (warmest, wettest, largest, biggest, smallest, deepest, longest, fastest…), I have decided to concentrate on other aspects of the human narrative (which for an official badge-wearing science-driven numbers loving groupie) might signal that even my capacity for absorbing, processing and celebrating data has been stretched to new limits this year.
Meetings as ever keep me busy but the diversity of topics this week has been uplifting and deeply engaging at a number of levels. In no particular order – a great meeting with a small group of very passionate education historians and conservationists from Armidale who want to work with UNE to see the Museum of Education reborn as part of the ‘learning region’ agenda. An equally rich conversation with our Curator and her colleagues as we pondered the best way to build appropriate community voices into our practice as we develop the UNE collection policy. It is now agreed that we will extend the commitment of UNE as a regional university to community through a focused approach to New England Art, Music and Heritage; a very positive step forward and at a time when it is easy to push these matters to the side. I am more than pleased and indeed honoured to be part of this mature, structured and purposeful conversation. We must engage and make decisions. Well done Narelle.