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Member Run Event: What Difference Makes a Difference?

15th December 2021, 18:00 - 19:30

Practice-based Learning: What difference makes a difference?

In other words, logic and quantity turn out to be inappropriate devices for describing organisms and their interactions and internal organization. (Gregory Bateson, Mind and Nature, 1979 p20)

Professor James Traeger hosts an open lecture at the University of Chichester. The session aims to address the gap between theory and practice in a way that illustrates the challenge for those of us involved in accredited executive development and applied/vocational organisational learning.

How, in a fast paced and ever-changing world of processes do we keep the learning relevant to the learner?

James said: "Goethe rejected the separation of Cartesian mind-body dualism at the core of the western science mind in favour of a more entwined, researcher engaged form of knowledge development, which he called delicate empiricism. In this type of study, the learner learns as much about themselves as they do the object (or process) of study. This was how nature worked, in his view, as he said: the eye owes its existence to the light. So how can we stay close to the grain of our work in developing our knowledge in practice, whilst keeping in contact with quality, validity and criticality."

Rather than just talking about these lofty questions, this session will aim to have a go and in the spirit of practice-based learning work at our own juicy edge (to quote the late, great artful action-researcher, Chris Seeley), evaluating our own practice together through experience, narrative inquiry and dialogue. And maybe have a bit of fun too with lemons.

About James...

James is a leadership and organisational development specialist with extensive practical and teaching experience. He had a brief but prize-winning stint in theatre production, worked his way up to be a General Manager in a commercial Photo Agency, and was a Senior Consultant at Roffey Park for four years.

He co-founded Mayvin in 2010, and of late he has specialised in providing team coaching, facilitation and Organisational Development & Design support; strategic work that is informed by pragmatic delivery, action research and diversity. He has co-authored an authoritative text Organisation Development: A Bold Explorers Guide, (Libri Press, 2018).

Last updated 8:46am on 29 November 2021

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