Author Archives: mwolske

About mwolske

I'm a Senior Research Scientist in Community Informatics at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois.

The Economy of the Flourishing

Today I enjoyed a simple breakfast of toasted bread, granola, and yogurt, all items my wife made out of the love that naturally bubbles up from within her. Today I walked the lush, green raised beds that thrive because of the … Continue reading

Posted in Reflections | Leave a comment

Education and Our Future

“One of the primary goals educators are tasked with today is to help students become college ready and – even more importantly – career ready.” Paige Johnson, Education Strategist, Intel Corporation, ISTE Board member. Source: Get Active: Reimagining Learning Spaces … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Reflections, Social Justice | Leave a comment

Teaching … or Learning

A bit over a decade ago, I had the privilege to help charter and be scoutmaster of a new scout troop with my sons and a few other wonderful families. We decided to especially focus on backpacking as a troop. None … Continue reading

Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

A tinkerer, a traditionalist, and a change agent walk into a library one day…

In 2010 I spent over half the year in East St. Louis helping to develop a set of grant proposals requesting a bit over $32 million in federal stimulus funds. Little did I know this would be my capstone project … Continue reading

Posted in Libraries, Reflections, Technology and Society | 2 Comments

Living a Good Life

Today my wife and I have a deep sense of joy and satisfaction as we celebrate with both our sons their new internships. But even more to the point, we have joy that they are living a counter-cultural good life. … Continue reading

Posted in Reflections | Leave a comment

Permaculture – discovering the new and formalizing the old

Originally posted on Angie and Martin's Side-yard Urban Farm:
Permaculture is both very new and very old to me. It is new in that I only began to visit websites and read books about permaculture fall 2013. It is…

Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Demystifying What???

Collaborative reflections on field notes, data, and experiences within our research team the last couple of weeks have been immensely helpful in bringing to light some key ideas regarding our approach to digital literacy. We refer to the general approach as Demystifying Technology. … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Reflections, Social Justice | 1 Comment