John Muir Laws on Nature Journaling - SE09 / EP03


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In this episode hear the passion of John Muir Laws, a scientist, teacher and author who helps people forge deeper, more personal connections with nature through keeping illustrated nature journals.

John and I talk about how he entered into nature journaling, the importance of parents encouraging kids to explore their interests, ways sketchnoters and visual thinking can enter into nature journaling, and more.

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  • Intro: Who is John?
  • How John got into nature journaling
  • What is nature journaling?
  • Using journaling to slow down and pay attention
  • Nature journaling is an invitation to the infinite
  • I notice — words, pictures, numbers
  • I wonder — what, why, how, when?
  • It reminds me of — what else is like this in my experience?
  • Creativity is useful connections between seemingly unrelated things
  • Observing the world this way opens up your brain to curiosity
  • There are infinite opportunities for curious exploration
  • Observations can lead to biomimicry innovation
  • Noting relationships between observations and things you understand
  • John’s Sketchnote Handbook story
  • How sketchnoting nature ideas expanded John’s process thinking
  • We think we understand, but we’ve only scratched the surface
  • The differences between science and mathematics
  • You can be part of the process through observation and curiosity
  • Human memory is unreliable: visual documentation is critical
  • Visualization is a critical thinking tool
  • Tools
  • Outro



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