Organizing Dialogue, Experience and Knowledge for Complex Problem-Solving

technical difficulties

September 11th, 2004

Well, almost everything that could go wrong *did* go wrong yesterday, except that I got a hug from a very sweet cabbie from Cameroon who tried to teach me some French. 🙂
Actually, the workshop was well-received by the 20-some folk, mostly Deaf, who attended. I’d targeted it towards hearing folk, so had to do some adjusting (mostly that means I signed about half of it). The sucky Washington Hilton didn’t have a cable for my Mac and no one informed me I needed my own cable (despite two months notice) so THAT just about put me over the edge, thank the spirits I finally found the videotape I had misplaced the night before because I was at least able to show the clips, even though no one got to see my pretty powerpoint that I spent (sigh!) hours developing. Interpersonally (notes for COM250!), my stress came through and Randy felt the need to reassure me that it was worth my time to be there and make this presentation. 🙂
I do believe that and am glad I went. I will add some explanatory notes to the powerpoint slides ~ Randy wants them for the Proceedings and the slides by themselves probably won’t convey much to anyone not at the workshop. He also encouraged me to get in touch with Robyn Dean, the driving force behind demand-control theory. Others have recommended her too, and I think I actually did email with her 3+ years ago….but we haven’t really connected. She has a similar premise that interpreters need to be much more assertive in our management of the “environment” (that’s the term Randy used).
My thoughts were clarified by my reading (on the plane) for the Democracy, Rhetoric, and Performance class…..I think defining mutually acceptable boundaries for the interpreter’s role and performance is a suitable topic for deliberation guided by the principle of reciprocity. More on that soon.

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