Vertical-unity—Relationship between the 4Rs and Probe-Connect-Create Change-Reflect

Continuing a series of posts on the development of the Collaborative for Exploration of Scientific and Political Change within the framework of Ben Schwendener’s Seminar on Creativity.  One of Ben’s requirements is to write a bio for the person behind the creative project.


7 June ’11
New start to Bio
I am a teacher—better, a facilitator of learning—who believes that everything is always already unruly complexity. Everything and everybody—myself, other learners, the situations we study, the social circumstances we work in, and the initiatives we get involved in to try to change those circumstances and the situatedness we inquire into.

What do I mean by unruly complexity? At a very abstract level the term refers to situations that involve heterogeneous components, that develop over time, and that are embedded in wider dynamics. In order to learn…

7 June ’11
Relationship between the 4Rs and Probe-Connect-Create Change-Reflect.

Probe using tools & processes
Connect ideas; people
Create change in understandings; in situations
Respect private universes each of us have; diverse others
Risk depart from predefined understandings & practice
Revelation seeing our own work in new ways; understanding in ways that are our own
Re-engage each of us with ourself (=Makiguchi’s happiness learning in the now); collaborations; flexible engagement
Respect Risk Revelation Re-engagement
Probe x
Connect x x
Create change x x x
Reflect x x x

(Note: x’s denote more obvious parallels, but the chart cannot capture the dynamics, e.g., Respect makes it possible to connect with others in ways that make it easier to take risks…)


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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