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This OC Blog features articles from our quarterly OC Magazine.  Articles cover a variety of topics inspired by the different programs that we offer at OC. You will also find Peter's Podium written by Peter Bergson, OC Co-Founder, who explores broader philosophical topics related to Open Education.


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Effective Written Communication

Emily Bergson-Shilcock, Substitute Facilitator

Effective written communication matters. It matters if you are planning a career as a journalist or a writer, but it also matters if you plan to work with people too. It matters. Therefore, as both a...



Multiple Wits and A Gritty Mindset of Learning

Kelly Dillon, Program Coordinator (ages 7-12), Choice Co-coordinator, Facilitator

Imagine a world where people young and old are making valued, innovative contributions while passionately following their muses and pursuing unique interests in a manner that suits—with wits and grit...



There's No Such Thing As Perfection: Exploring the Meaning of "Good Enough"

Julia Bergson-Shilcock, Co-Director

As I sat down to compose a piece for the OC Magazine, I found myself feeling pulled in many directions. I keep a running list of potential article topics on my dry erase board in my office, so that...



The Importance of Clientship

Peter Bergson, Co-founder, Board of Directors

I believe that I have described previously the origin of the term clientship as it is used at Open Connections. Perhaps, though, a short refresher would be in order before I go on to make the point...



Making Connections

Cindy Pizziketti, Choice Program Co-coordinator, Facilitator

The Choice Programs on Wednesdays offer a broad range of topics for in-depth exploration. This fall, we facilitated topics from broadcast journalism and American Sign Language to ceramics and...



Is Choice Merely an Illusion or is it Real?

Peter Bergson, Co-founder, Board of Directors

One of the supposed joys of retirement is that you can now do whatever you want. Presumably you wake up each morning and ask yourself, “Okay, Self, what do you want to do today?” You can go fishing,...

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