Generativity not reactivity

This 5-minute audio thoughtpiece on generativity and reactivity advises anyone feeling depressed or distracted or dissipated or reluctant during the turbulent politics of these days is to protect space to be generative not reactive.  Hear more

(This is an initial installment in a possibly ongoing project of making short unscripted podcasts that use my critical thinking ability to inform thinking of others, but doing so without taking much time from my larger projects of work and life.  Indeed, I hope that doing this clears space for doing those projects by reducing the sense that I ought to be “at the barricades” involved in more important political activism.  The podcasts may also allow me to feel generative even when the larger projects proceed slowly and take more time than expected, as is often the case.  I may also, as I hope for the blog as a whole, find viewers/listeners who end up taking a more active interest in each other’s projects.)

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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 Generativity not reactivity

  1. Revised introduction:
    “My advice to anyone feeling depressed or distracted or dissipated or reluctant during the turbulent politics of these days is to protect space to be generative not reactive. In order to be effective in any campaign or oppositional activity, we need to do it from a place where we have the emotional clarity and ability to pick up on the needs and the not-quite-clear-yet’s of others. We will have the space and access to our intelligence to do that only if we have acknowledge and made space for our own needs to be creative.”

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