I had an incredible experience about a month or so ago. I had lunch with one of my first classes ever. They are 17 and 18 now, back then they were 5 or 6. I listened to the stories they told about our time together 12 years ago. I sat proudly as they shared their visions and dreams for their futures.  With all the conversation though I was amazed at the fantastic adults they had become. I listened to the tales they remembered. I heard about the events that made them think, change and transform. What an archive to uncover!

Tonight I was inspired an incredible story teller, Jonathan Silin the author of Sex, Death and the Education of our Children. He shared stories from his life. He shared stories of his classroom experience. He inspired us to think about what we remember, why we remember and consequently what we archive as individuals and professionals

Archiving is an interesting journey both personally and within the settings of leadership and education. Personal archiving is so important as it helps us remember and do it in different ways.  It becomes transformational. It allows us to be who we are. Jonathan noted three ways of looking, or remembering, or archiving.

From the subjects perspective,

From the observers perspective

From the participants perspective.

This, he said, is very true of photography. So how does this tri- thought help us archive our experiecnes? Perhaps it is about understanding self, but maybe more importantly it’s an opportunity for us to reflect on our lives via a broader lens. This archiving opportunity is so important to recognize, value and respond to. It lends to us the chance to be transformed and be transformational for others.

In terms of leadership it drives us to consider our responses and reflect on our leadership  journey. This reflective journey creates space for us to flex our human dynamic which can lead to a diversified approach, enhanced vision, deeper understanding of our role, where we can influence positively and build powerful relationships.

In terms of education, this archiving process leads me down three divergent paths. One, what do I bring to the learning space. Two, what do I leave out of the learning space? Three, what archiving is going on within my classroom that I dont realise?

Relationship is one of the key elements to outstanding pedagogical spaces. This archiving process therefore becomes so important to the students and teachers in their unique roles and interactions.

Relationships define our spaces, our minds, our conversations. Without them there is only control, a dry and desolate place. However, on the other hand, deeply powerful relationships that encompass the role of the teacher as a real person, the student as a real person (not conditional on age) and  their interactions as non institutionalized then become transformational achieves that mark lives for future reference points for change management.

Horizon dwellers value transformational archiving to provide powerful opportunities for life giving moments; past, present and future. Moments that sing out loud of the greatness a relationship might have been or inspirational and dynamic a relationship might become.

You dont want to leave yourself at the classroom/office door. But rather invest in new ways, in new lives and with a transformational perspective. As we do we will have, impact and prepare to leave an archive that is one of intense value for life long use.