An example of a generative, reflective meeting

To provide an example of a generative, reflective meeting, this post shares some notes from a monthly, conference-call discussion among past participants of the New England Workshop on Science and Social Change (NewSSC).  In these notes, its not so obvious how the series of items built one from the other or added up to new directions.  And these meeting are to stay connected, not to formulate action plans, so do not provide a model for action-oriented meetings.  However, the leads were interesting enough (and often new) to me that they seem worth sharing.  (The notes have been stripped down so as to remove information that might identify the participants.)


About Peter J. Taylor
Peter Taylor teaches and directs programs on critical thinking, reflective practice, and science-in-society at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He studies the complexity of environmental and health sciences in their social context as well as innovation in teaching, group process, and interdisciplinary collaboration (see He is especially interested in conversations with others who are, in diverse ways, "troubled by heterogeneity" (

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