Attending to the invisible ‘Other’

Jenny Connected

Mejias believes that there are things we can do politically to address this; choices are important; research will have to become more open. Imagine those pushed to the margins of dominant narratives speaking: not as victims, but as futurisms’ cunning and sentient sentinels.

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Visiting Kolkata with a Wheelchair User

Jenny Connected

We arrived to find that there was a flight of steps into the hotel and a very steep ramp, too steep for me to push even this very light wheelchair user up and scarily steep for going down, but a group of the hotel staff did this very willingly. You can see them here – Kolkata, 2019.

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“But what if our people dominate?”

Chris Corrigan

My response to this over the years has been to push back hard against that idea, despite how noble it seems. They are addressed by diving in together and looking for ways to tackle problems in new ways. There is an undercurrent to the base worry that clients share with me, and it’s worth addressing with them. I’m sure lots of experienced facilitators out there have other wisdom to add about how to address this concern.

2019 61

The politics of translation and the role of staff in Sudbury schools


Being immediately understood by the Russians by using an existing Russian term closest meaning-wise, while not fully addressing the meaning. Choosing for a word that reverses the hierarchy, giving children more responsibility and the choices than to the adults and pushing adults into a serving position in relation to the kids (as a way to emphasise the need to get out of the current hierarchy).

2019 89

“But what about naysayers?”

Chris Corrigan

Push it and see. Complex problems (unknowable and ever changing problems and unpredictable but multiple emergent ways of addressing them). In complex problems like addressing social, cultural and economic systemic problems, no one has the right answer. For sure, the worst thing you can do in addressing complexity is create an agreeable environment that stifles conflicting views and difference. Get a group of people to help you address it.

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