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Community metaphor: Popcorn

Not sure if  it’s because I’m a gardener or not, but gardening metaphors always seem so apt.   I’m thinking about metaphors for community right now because of an activity we’re doing in ISWO where we all gather images and words to represent community. I pushed myself past the first (garden-related) metaphor that came to mind, and came up with popcorn.

Now, first I have to tell you, I’m a traditionalist in the popcorn realm. No microwave bags in my house – it’s all about the pot, the oil, the cold naked kernels under a clear glass lid, and watching for the first brave ones to explode.  And then the satisfying cacophony as the rest of the kernels erupt into their potential.

That’s kind of what it’s like at this point in the course: we’ve laid the groundwork, provided  support  for people to get a strong jump on the course…and we wait perched over the glass lid.

And the first brave kernels are exploding already!  The course hasn’t officially begun and I’ve already been inspired this community in its very early days. There are new technology things I want to try, and new people I’m looking forward to getting to know better.

It’s going to be a great 4 weeks. Even if this metaphor takes corny to a new level. badum bum.

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  1. Elizabeth Wellburn
    May 3, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    hmmm…. and social media is the yummy caramel syrup that will bind all the kernels together into a community?

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