Oct 27 2006

Seeing if the talk will walk

Published by at 1:58 pm under Communities of practice,Technology

Although the whole technology for communities project comes out of our practice with specific communities, during gestation and birthing it’s easy to start worrying about how our thinking may have gotten far removed from actual practice. It’s easy to wonder, “Maybe we’re just talking to each other… (Maybe we’re having too much fun.) Maybe it’s a bunch of words that don’t have traction or actually refer to anything that’s real.” Fortunately, to keep ourselves going we’ve gotten some feedback from a friend or two along the lines of “this is great stuff” and “makes sense, but you’ve got work to do bridging between deep theory and practice…” On another level, Nancy White is using some of the ideas about tensions that we’ve been talking about in her Australian speaking tour (see Melbourne Presentations where she reports on some interesting feedback).

I guess that’s the great thing about practice: it involves feedback. And feedback keeps a project like this going. (Now to find the time to work on Chapter 7!)

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