Helping make sense of inevitable changes over the life course

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans”—Not!

This discussion board invites participants to contribute
a) examples of advice about how to make sense of inevitable changes over the life course and/or
b) reflect on whether that advice could apply to them and what the implications would be.

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Design for Living Complexities: Open course begins mid July

This course explores critical thinking about design in a range of areas of life and its complexities. It starts July 18 and continues for 6 weeks. The recorded presentations and subsequent discussion are taking place on google+. See http://bit.ly/designcct for other options for participation (incl. for-credit graduate course) and links to more details about the course. An overview of the course is below. Read more of this post

Bureaucracy: Smart not stupid-making?

I had two responses to the introduction of The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy by David Graeber (2015): 1) Articulate design rules for bureaucracy that might be smart, not a way to make us stupid (as Graeber describes); and 2) Examine the forces that come into play that subvert such designs or, conversely, lead me to fantasize that such a design could be implemented. This post tackles 1) while recognizing the need for 2). Read more of this post

Design for Living Complexities: an open course has begun

This course explores critical thinking about design in a range of areas of life and its complexities. It started July 14 and continues for 3-4 weeks. The recorded presentations and subsequent discussion are taking place on google+. See http://bit.ly/designcct for other options for participation and links to more details about the course. An overview of the course is below. Read more of this post

Design for living complexities, a course in development

Extracted from http://cct.wikispaces.com/design, a wikipage that invites reader input
Design is about intentionality in construction,
which involves

  • a range of materials,
  • a sequence of steps, and
  • principles that inform the choice of material and the steps.

Design always involves putting people as well as materials into place,
which may happen by

  • working with the known properties of the people and materials,
  • trying out new arrangements, or
  • working around their constraints (at least temporarily).

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Independent publishing I: Why & Basic mechanics

Why publish independently of academic presses and trade publishers?

1.  So you never again hear yourself complaining that the Press:

  • did not provide good copy-editing
  • took too long to bring out the book
  • did not promote the book after it was published
  • provided low royalties.

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Tangible and Experiential Objectives for an Open Spaces Workshop

Tangible & Experiential Objectives for an Open Spaces Workshop

Process as Product

Product in Conventional Sense

 

Tools & Processes

Connections

 

 

 

Contributions to Topic

   

Here & Now

  Tangible Outcomes Learn or refresh tools.Participate in processes.Practice facilitating processes (optional). Establish or thicken connections among participants. Probe, clarify, expose open questions.Insights about new direc-tions for participants’ research, writing, teaching, outreach.Daily Writing.
 Experiences

Respect->Risk->Revelation –> Re-engagement

(through Learning, Interacting, Sharing, Connecting, Communing)

 Subsequently…

–> Enthusiasm, Hope, Resolve, Courage Sustained

  Tangible Outcomes Cultivating ourselves as participants, collaborators & question-openers.Adopt, adapt, evaluate & develop tools & processes. Connections maintained & developed.Local (i.e., participants’ current realms) kept in tension with trans-local connections. Individuals move in the new directions.Compilation of daily writing—> Programmatic overview?

|——————-Flexible Engagement——————-|

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