The schema of open spaces workshops, extended

In brief, the schema of open spaces workshops consists of three contrasts or movements: Here & now vs. Subsequently; Tangible outcomes versus Experiential; and Process as Product (Tools & Processes and Connections) versus conventional Products.



The idea of flexible engagement is that people’s experience of engagement prepares them to seek out and pursue other engagements in a similar manner.  In the same spirit, people’s experience of contributing to the topic, such as, creative thinking in epidemiology or any of the themes of the NewSSC workshops, could prepare them to support others to contribute to the topic.  Indeed, the same schema could apply to projects and endeavors other than workshops.  Where contributions to the topic in the schema for workshops refer to insights about new directions for participants’ research, writing, teaching, outreach, we might also consider policy-making, activist-campaigns, media-production, etc.  The same idea that the experiential dimensions make it more likely that the here & now (during the workshop) continues on to the subsequently (after the workshop) apply.


About Peter J. Taylor
Peter Taylor is a Professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he teaches and directs undergraduate and graduate programs on critical thinking, reflective practice, and science-in-society. His research and writing focuses on the complexity of environmental and health sciences in their social context, incl. Unruly Complexity: Ecology, Interpretation, Engagement (U. Chicago Press, 2005) and Nature-nurture? No (2014, On reflective practice, see Taking Yourself Seriously: Processes of Research & Engagement (with J. Szteiter, 2012,

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