Organizing Dialogue, Experience and Knowledge for Complex Problem-Solving

Art Exception Clause

Yo hello – this is Steph, here, writing to you directly. Either we already communicate with each other (via email, Facebook, texting, blogging, tweeting or in person), or we might communicate with each other in the future. I am asking for you to give “informed consent” for me to, at random, take screenshots of a comment or interaction that I find relevant to the Learning Lab for Resiliency and its projects (e.g., Babelversing, Interpreting as Stewardship, Developing #KRKTR, Friendship Dinners, spontaneous and transformative action research in real life, and more projects to come).

As of November, 2 013: 48 participants and 7 non-participants.

As of September, 2013: 24 participants and 7 non-participants.

As of end January 2013: 11 participants and 6 non-participants.

TURBO AFFIRMATION (14 turbo participants so far)
Affirmatory, I’m with you on this! (16 affirmative participants so far)
Conditional Affirmation (18 conditional participants so far)
Anonymous Affirmation (no anonymous participants yet)
Negatory good buddy. Good Luck! (7 non-participants so far)

The goal is to approach the design, delivery and analysis of action research as art, with the practical application of this art forming the basis of my livelihood. To achieve this requires permission from you – friends, colleagues, acquaintances, detractors and enemies – so that there are clear boundaries for this work. Specifically, you and I both need to be aware of what is “in play” and what is “off-limits.” This Art Exception Clause is the mechanism by which you can formally inform me the extent of your consent (if any), and I can keep track so as not to bother you repeatedly.

Voice of Experience

Informed Consent for Random Instances of Spontaneous Cultural Production

The Art Exception Clause acknowledges that random acts of beauty do occur. The Art Exception Clause allows you to authorize Steph to unexpectedly, without warning, suddenly and spontaneously come at you out-of-the-blue. Y’know, something you wouldn’t normally expect to pop up in a day but here it is, like a screenshot from me gleefully asking if I can keep and use a snapshot of an interaction we just had or were somehow mutually a part of that you maybe didn’t think of in any particular way but I see as part of a pattern, either an existing discourse or a seed of a new, creative one. I’d be asking you, then, with that message, to allow me to keep and possibly use the image someday, in a completely decontextualized context, as a kind of discourse snippet. (We can always negotiate removing personally-identifiable info, although sometimes that might be the most meaningful part – so you see why privacy issues are important!)

Basically, I want your permission to harvest instances of communicative art that happen between us. And use them as a way to grow my voice into/within a few different fields of knowledge production.

“I appreciate your ethics…it is rare to encounter this degree of sensitivity for privacy in our Facebooked era.” –  Nimrod Shavit

You still have choices – never in these conditions, that place, this context, with/about those people, etc. Or you can say “Negatory good buddy. Good Luck!” and I will train myself to accept the beautiful moments that come just as they are without seeking to hold onto them or spread them further. At the other end of the decision spectrum you could say, “Affirmative, I’m with you on this!

The in-between option is the Conditional Affirmative, in which we talk and clarify if/when I can pander to my intuition or not. Or, you can choose Anonymous Affirmation to let me use stuff, but only if I always omit your name and identifying details (such as your profile picture on Facebook). It is possible that a few of you out there trust me enough to issue a TURBO AFFIRMATION, which would pretty much set me free for life. Unless! …until you revoke it, which is always an option for each and every kind of informed consent. You can jump categories of consent any time you want – the only caveat is the burden of notification is upon you to let me know you want to switch consent plans.

All rhetorical shenanigans aside, it is perfectly acceptable, of course!, to say “Negatory good buddy. Good Luck!” I am just enough obsessed that I might not be able to suppress all evidence of regret, but I do understand that informed consent decisions are not about emotions but principles. One thing that I can guarantee is that I will always treat you with respect.

PLEASE SELECT YOUR CHOICE AND COMPLETE THE CORRESPONDING FORM. (You are not committed until you select Submit.)

Note: the above applies to informal action research conducted during general public and/or private communications with Steph or that Steph is privy to witnessing (as described above). A different (more formal) kind of consent will be sought at in-person events such as, for instance, a workshop, training, class, presentation, LLR project, planning meeting for developing character (#KRKTR) or friendship dinner will involve agreement regarding terms for consent based on some shared sense of understanding about what we are trying to learn how to do together.