Week 26 at an Unbootcamp

November 10th, 2017

Learners Guild is beginning to formulate its plans for the next stage of its reinvention. Meanwhile, those in the final phase of study are increasingly practicing interviewing and being interviewed for hypothetical jobs.

Week 25 at an Unbootcamp

November 1st, 2017

As enrollees in the web development curriculum of Learners Guild move through the program, they are increasingly working to ensure that they can hop straight from the Guild into a real job.

Week 24 at an Unbootcamp

October 22nd, 2017

Learners Guild is starting to act on its own Learners’ ideas about how to reinvent the Guild. Meanwhile, in my 24th week studying web development there, I learned that even a novice can help make a mammoth software product better.

Week 23 at an Unbootcamp

October 15th, 2017

Change is in the air at Learners Guild. Learners are responding creatively to institutional changes. One of my responses this week was to reach out to a software project I’ve been using, to start contributing improvements to it. I’m now experiencing the benefits that motivate masses of software developers to volunteer that way.

Week 22 at an Unbootcamp

October 14th, 2017

In week 22 of my software-development studies at Learners Guild, I got into the swing of improving and debugging the Guild’s own software. Luckily, that software is far from perfect, so there’s plenty for us Learners to do.

When the quake starts, duck or run?

October 1st, 2017

I learned today that recognized seismic engineering experts are divided as to what people who find themselves inside an older concrete building should do if a big earthquake begins. Whether you decide to duck or to run out, you can cite at least one reputable engineer’s advice in your favor.

Week 21 at an Unbootcamp

September 29th, 2017

Web development students at Learners Guild, before they graduate, get to work on real software systems. I have just started doing that. The transition has been intense, but friendly. Meanwhile, the Guild is proceeding with its plan to bring Learners into partnership as co-designers of the next iteration of the Guild itself.

In California, 10,000,000 win while 60 lose rights

September 28th, 2017

Two battles over the rights of 10 million Californians living in housing communities have recently ended. The right to full financial disclosure was dealt a blow for 60 Berkeley residents, but the right to assemble and speak in common spaces was made the law for all 10 million. If you are one of them and you want full financial disclosure, you have several options, all problematic.