Goodbye to 2012…hello future-waiting-to-created

I have heard several of my colleagues and contemporaries describe 2012 as “full of ups & downs”.  Possibly in the spirit of cowboys-don’t-cry, they spared those around the details of the “downs”.  I even noted that a few folks made half-joking  :-( references to the non-arrival of Mayan Apocalypse!  One of my favourites was by Professor Jonathan Jansen, the VC of Free State University (@JJ_UFS Bloody Mayans! Now the loan sharks are all over me!).

Mayan apo

Thankfully we all dodged the 122112 bullet (well, not the loan sharks perhaps).

I am looking forward to 2013 with dollops of bright-eyed eagerness and a pinch of novice’s unease.  I am plunging into the choppy waters of social entrepreneurship.  This will be the year of throwing myself in at the deep end!

My excitement is based on the “perfect storm” that science & maths education finds itself in (globally to some significant extent, and in South Africa to an alarming extent).  The need is almost overwhelming; but we also now have a confluence of free, quality learning material (OER) that can be delivered with unprecedented ease and supported with well established social media practices (the precise operating models await discovery of course).

The unease I feel is due the last point.  Many funders appear to eschew “early stage” social entrepreneurial efforts (i.e message = you and your kin should fund it until you have it all figured out and then we’d love to meet up again).

So I’m going the self-funding route and I hope and trust that my reserves are robust enough to weather the “early-stage doldrums”.  Thank goodness for a brave and wise wife!

This blog will detail the saga.  Stay posted.

There is a tide in the affairs of men.
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.
Julius Caesar Act 4, scene 3, 218–224