Flexible engagement

In this post I expand to education the scope of the principle of “flexible engagement”—“an ideal in which researchers in any knowledge-making situation are able to connect quickly with others who are almost ready—either formally or otherwise—to foster participatory processes and, through the experience such processes provide their participants, contribute to enhancing the capacity of others to do likewise.” (Taylor 2005, p. 225). Read more of this post


Have we constituted a group that might effectively promote a new organization of scientists (or inquirers)?

Thought-piece by Peter Taylor circulated by email soon after the “Ecology at the Boundary of Human Systems” workshop, March 2000.
1. Have we constituted a group that might effectively promote a new organization of scientists (or inquirers)? [Referring to proposal for American Federation of Scientists]
2. What would we need to do to assess this likelihood? What inquiry would we need?
3. How would we support each other to pursue that inquiry?
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Workshop on Making Spaces for Connecting, Probing, Reflecting, Creating

“Most workshops are dysfunctional—this one wasn’t!” read one evaluation from the first New England Workshop on Science and Social Change (NewSSC) workshop in 2004. Appreciative feedback like that may feel like validation for any workshop or collaborative processes that you facilitate, but how well can you articulate or support the principles or theory about personal and group change that underlie those processes? Moreover, how would you lead people who experience the dysfunction in many workshops, collaborations, conferences and meetings into making the effort to create something more fulfilling?

This four-day workshop is intended to allow participants to delve into the principles or theory that underlie their own workshop or collaborative processes and develop plans to make those processes more effective in some sense(s) that they deem important….
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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 Read more of this post

Scenarios for an on-going studio

This post presents the scenarios for a series of 4-week online collaborative explorations (CEs) (and one 4-day workshop) with continuing participation from alums of the graduate program in Critical & Creative Thinking.  The actual process and products of the CEs are private to the group. Read more of this post

One-day Connecting-Probing-Reflecting (CPR) workshop

This blog post compresses into one day (11h 45m) a previous suggestion of how participants’ interests and energies could be engaged over the day and a half of a ThinkTank on topic X. The instructions are given for arrangements with the additional goal of making it possible to host such 1-day CPR workshops without major funding and without burning out the organizers.  (Some details to be added: Lunch & dinner arrangements; Participants helping with meal set-up and clean-up;…) Read more of this post

Dialogue process guidelines, short list

The Dialogue Process centers around listening—to yourself as well as others. Shared and personal meaning emerges within a group through listening to what is said from a standpoint of inquiry and reflection (Isaacs 1999).  The list to follow presents guidelines briefly with a view to bringing newcomers into the process without lengthy explanation. Read more of this post

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