Organizing Dialogue, Experience and Knowledge for Complex Problem-Solving

Latest: The Deaf World is Watching. Will we respond?

by • December 12th, 2013

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Click here for a related vlog (in American Sign Language) The second day after Mandela’s Memorial we were greeted the news that the so-called fake interpreter Thamsanqa Dyantyi/Jyantie is schizophrenic. (His claim and apology is being met with a mixture of belief and doubt.) Whatever sympathy he gleans should be suitable to his illness. This does not […]

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Latest: The Madiba Lives, by Barbara Love

by • December 11th, 2013

I danced in Trafalgar Square the day Nelson Mandela was released from Robbens Island. After twenty seven years in prison, much of that time in solitary confinement, Nelson Mandela was released.  The whole world rejoiced, and watched. In prison, Mandela was a symbol of resistance to tyranny.  His life was a statement of willingness to sacrifice everything, […]

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Latest: Creatives versus Doomers: WE Are the Planet

by • October 13th, 2013

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Neal Stephenson has said that he is interested in “the attention span of our society” and comments that we have “350 years of perspective” on the scientific process. In the face of climate disruption, can Cultural Creatives prove the Doomers and Deniers wrong? This week, a symposium at UMass Amherst aims to “Harvest Hope.”

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Latest: When Europeans got scared

by • September 5th, 2013

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I recently wrote an aggressive guest editorial challenging whiteness in the Doomer movement. Guy McPherson and commenters at Nature Bats Last skewered me.

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Latest: The ANSWER . . . is DIRT (the question is irrelevant)

by • July 6th, 2013

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One of the challenges of inspiring people to care about transforming land to better grow food is making the lifestyle appealing. So far, no go! The aesthetic is monotone: white people playing folk music. This is seriously problematic! Forging alliances is not easy work, but it is meaningful labor.

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Latest: Spontaneous Action Research: Interrogating Intersectionality

by • July 2nd, 2013

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The challenge of making the invisible visible, of bringing those aspects of relationships and identities that have been silenced into awareness and open conversation, was a common problem across seven international research projects explored at a workshop on “intersectionality” hosted by the Center for Gender in Organizations at the Simmons College School of Management.

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Latest: Listening for Action and Engagement

by • May 30th, 2013

The capacity of people with disabilities (or, as FEMA says, “functional needs”) to contribute to emergency response and emergency recovery begins with listening. Participants in a focus group outline a sequence of creative interaction stemming from high quality and careful listening.

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Latest: Being Meaningful: Everyday Practices of Resiliency

by • May 23rd, 2013

“We need to practice how we’ll play.”

Practicing how we’ll play means identifying gaps and weaknesses and moving to fill them. Washington DC Fire Chief John Sollers’ message is “We need to practice how we’ll play.” His message is aimed at fellow firefighters and professional first responders who have not yet been in a situation of needing to communicate with and understand a Deaf person who uses American Sign Language. Practicing how we’ll play means learning how to work with ASL interpreters to recognize differences in meaning and co-construct mutual understanding without erasing those differences or artificially forcing a meaning that is not actually understood. Learning how to communicate with the involvement of a third party is a skill that transfers to all kinds of communication situations, including cross-discipline communication in English as well as intercultural communication with non-English speakers of all kinds.

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Latest: Adventures in Looking

by • April 23rd, 2013

Quoting Adam Gopnik.

Coincidences of of time/timing, language, and existence are simultaneously the very stuff of the scientific method, the foundation for religious faith, and the source of madness. Only blatant ethnocentrism discounts the magic of a society that successfully sent a message over one thousand years into the future.

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Latest: Hope versus Hopium

by • February 26th, 2013

This is a #KRKTR clue.

“How to live a life not worth living?” The nihilist poses this question in a vacuum. There may not be any “meaning” beyond what we humans create for ourselves as meaningful, but we are meaning-making creatures. That is what we do. We communicate meaning into being. Using language and cognition we apply sense to patterns. ‘Rightly’ or ‘wrongly’ we interpret each other’s actions and inactions. Sense-making, and the values and behaviors that follow (or are invoked), is only possible within boundaries. There is no science without belief, just as there is no religion without faith. Skepticism involves as much commitment as being an apostle.

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