Organizing Dialogue, Experience and Knowledge for Complex Problem-Solving

Social Polyculture at PV2

by • April 2nd, 2015

One Day You Will Turn To Sustainability

Learning, the Permaculture Way was a pre-conference workshop by David Eggleton and me at the 2nd Permaculture Voices conference (PV2) in San Diego. Our session drew about 50 participants, some of whom continued a dialogue that seemed—on the surface—to have a narrow focus but, over the five days of PV2, grew wider, broader and was deepened […]

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Doing Transformative Research

by • March 20th, 2012

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Proposal for Potentially Transformative Social Scientific Action Research: Simultaneity is the Linchpin

You are invited to follow and participate in the next Tidepool experiment (idiographic case #2), to be conducted in conjunction with a conference on The Promises and Challenges of Dialogic Pedagogy. Emerging social theories are considering simultaneity in some fascinating ways. For instance, Levitt and Schiller are conceptualizing simultaneity “to rethink the terrain in which social processes take place . . . [and] challenge our understanding of social reproduction” (2004: 1016). This is relevant because unless and until scientists are willing to investigate and interrogate their own social rituals of doing scientific research, little (if any) transformation is possible.

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Weather and Uncertainty: Warn or Wait?

by • September 5th, 2011

Crossing the Rubicon?

One of the striking things that I learned about Americans when I began doctoral studies in the field of Communication is that there is a positive identity function to talking about the weather. If you’ve got to interact with a stranger one thing we all experience is the weather. Rather than being superficial, talking […]

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the secret WAS*IS*WILLBE handshake

by • August 12th, 2011

Ben surveys a mile of huge stones carried by a flood

WAS*IS is not only about the weather: its revolutionary model is an exemplar for harnessing collective intelligence in the face of our generation’s severe and complicated societal-level challenges.

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Passion brought us here

by • August 10th, 2011

Bill Hooke flips the frame from defeat to opportunity

Weather and the challenges of forecasting are perfect metaphors for the development of the WAS*IS movement, especially if you take into account all of its participants and nested timescales.

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Stormchasing (Hanging with Kindred Spirits)

by • August 7th, 2011

Dan and Todd at the Weather Forecast Office, David Skaggs Research Center (NOAA), Boulder CO

How is the public to be engaged in the co-communicative process of understanding the significance of weather measurements? Comprehension is mutually created – whether this is between individuals, among people with different demographic characteristics, or within hierarchical structures of policy construction, implementation, and enforcement.

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