Schools & Bikes

I’m not exactly sure why it played out this way, but I have been busy. I went to a meeting to discuss an upcoming school bond issue. I am very interested in this due to my being a part of the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group. I was part of the group that wrote “Uniting Lawrence in Support of Our Elementary Schools.” The process was long and ultimately rewarding, but it will all be for naught if the bond doesn’t pass.

I have a lot to say on this issue, but this isn’t the proper venue for it. I’d like to say that I will write an essay on it, but my track record isn’t the best on that. Someday, maybe.

Another exciting meeting to was much more informal, but in a lot of ways more exciting. A group of folks interested in making Lawrence a more walkalble/bike friendly city met over a delicious meal to discuss how we can make that happen. We took our cue from LiveWell Lawrence’s Physical Activity Work Group which was, I believe, and outgrowth of the Douglas County Community Health Assessment.

Both of these meetings remind me why I like Lawrence. It is very easy to get involved and have an impact in the community. Grassroots community development is alive, although it isn’t always easy.

On the MOOC front, I decided to “unenroll” from my course on Game Theory. The course itself was great, I just couldn’t keep up. My basic knowledge of the topic is a little rusty and was making it difficult to successfully participate. I am now following the Game Theory 101 program and reading the eBook. My goal is to retake the Coursera class the next time it is offered.

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