disConferencing, a five-and-a-third-hour model: Session 2

Break, 10 minutes

Session 2 Coordinator locates the 10 selected primary discussants for Session 2 and gets them seated in the inner circle with the author.

Organizers move other chairs around the inner circle, then gets everyone to take a seat.

Hour 1.10-2.40

Session 2, Digging down deep

Respect continues to be emphasized—everyone, not only for the published author, is an agent in shaping what can emerge from a reading.  The Respect-full experience in Session 1 prepares the way for the Risk involved for the primary discussants speaking in front of the gathering as a whole.  They may gain insights—Revelations—from what they hear themselves say.  The listeners may too as you chew on what you share with the various speakers and how you differ from them.

Session 2 Coordinator takes the 12th seat and introduces the format:

“Primary discussants have 5 minutes each to describe how the pre-circulated reading intersects with or stimulates their own thinking.  (It is more important to express and hear this, than for the discussants to refer to particulars of the pre-circulated reading.)

The author stays quiet, but then has 10 minutes to describe how the discussants have stimulated their thinking.”

In time available (allowing 5 minutes at the end), other dis/Conference participants have 90 seconds to describe how the pre-circulated reading and discussion intersects with or stimulates their own thinking.

Last five minutes: Author describes how the discussion as a whole has stimulated their own thinking.

(continued in next post)


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, http://bit.ly/NNN2014). On reflective practice, see Taking Yourself Seriously: Processes of Research & Engagement (with J. Szteiter, 2012, http://bit.ly/TYS2012).

One Response to disConferencing, a five-and-a-third-hour model: Session 2

  1. Pingback: disConferencing, a five-and-a-third-hour model: Session 1 « Probe—Create Change—Reflect

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