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John Davitt

John has been a family friend and a professional agent provocateur for my thinking. His analyses are creative and insightful, but he has always welcomed my critical friendship.
Reflection: John has helped me develop practitioner theories for my design work and hone them with critical debate.

John's first book 'New Tools for Learning' is subtitled 'Accelerated learning meet ICT' which describes perfectly the effect of good conversation with him. I have been learning with him for twenty years now, and every time new ideas blossom. His sense of overview of the ICT scene is profound and clarifying, with useful critiques and clever catch-phrases which act as aide -memoires. My favourite is 'S&N' which stands for subtlety and nuance - a lens for examining technology which so often is more like a digitally blunt instrument compared to the refined perception of human touch, hearing, sight and vision - to sniff nothing of smell!

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Lewis Carroll describes a fictional map that had:

"the scale of a mile to the mile."

A character notes some practical difficulties with such a map and states that:

"we now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well."
— Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, Lewis Carroll, 1893