James Piecowye thinking out loud

Ideas, inspiration and a bit of random.

24 of the BEST Indie Music tunes from the middle east in 2017

I am easily the luckiest guy in Dubai. Every week Adam, the guy in the picture above, joins me for the price of a cup of decaf, to talk about the coolest indie music in the middle east and along the way we actually get to play the tunes. So, not only do I get […]

2 1/2 Minutes?

So what can you do in 2 1/2 minutes? I often wonder why we academics don’t take our classes and reduce them into 2 1/2 minute review capsules. My students are not only multi-tasking but they are consuming content via multiple screens. So where can we get a sample of 2 1/2 minute content montages? […]

Education at what cost?

As a university graduate and university professor I am constantly struck by the number of people who should have access to higher education but don’t. There are many models of alternative education and each has its place. Shai Reshef founded University of the People in 2009 and I think this is a model that we […]

The Sound of the UAE

I have been teaching a practicum course at Zayed University in Dubai┬ácalled Zayed Media Lab since 2003. This course has changed a lot since we first started it, but it has always stayed very true to the core idea of combining what has been learned in the curriculum of the communication college to real world […]

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