Engaging Collective Futures through Making Meaning and Taking Action

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Engaging Collective Futures through Making Meaning and Taking Action

  1. 1. Engaging  collec+ve  futures  through   being  and  becoming:  Making   meaning  and  taking  ac+on   Elsona  van  Huyssteen,  Mark  Oranje   evhuyssteen@csir.co.za     Connec+ng  self  to  others  –  from  inner  to  outer     (or  other  ways  around?)    
  2. 2. Exploring  the  ques+on  within   the  context  of     a  career  narra+ve  study  -­‐   development  prac++oners   (urban  &  regional  planners)   in  South  Africa.   A  community  of  prac+ce   involved  with     ‘the  art  &  science  of  planning’         Imagining  &  visioning   Technical  evidence   Ac+on  orientated   Understanding  Collabora+ve  processes   Analyses   Engaging  collec+ve   Management   futures   Always    adap-ng,     different  roles,     muta-ng  
  3. 3.     What  I  am  ‘supposed’  to  talk  about   Is  that  connec+on  evident?  Is  it  significant?     What  I  am  not  really  talking  about  (for  another  day)   Why  does  it  maUer  and  what  does  it  mean  for  ‘planning  prac+ces  &  mul+ple  learning  processes’?     What  I  could  not  resist  to  reflect  on,   and  would  like  to  engage  with  you  about   What  does  it  mean  for  me/you/us/AI?        
  4. 4.  The  ques+on:  What  is  the  nature  of   the  connec+on/rela+on  between   individual  prac++oners     and  the  integra+ve  prac+ce  of     urban  and  regional  planning?  
  5. 5. A  quick  detour...  More  about  the     ‘actual’  study    Origin  –  A  hunch  that  “that”  which  makes  the  some  projects  &  planners  have  a  much  bigger  impact  and   make  a  difference  than  others,  is  not  the  OBE  competencies  extensively  focussed  on  in  training  &  addressing  the  (perceived)  ‘huge  skills  gap’  in  SA  in   planning....     Explore  ques+ons  in  rela+onal     context  of  ‘whole  person’,  careers  and  life       Using  rich  career  narra+ves  (histories)  &     pre-­‐hypotheses  reflec+ons     Balancing  an  apprecia+ve  approach   and  a  cri+cal  reflec+on      
  6. 6. A  wide  range  of  fascina+ng   findings...including:     Strong  rela+ons/connec+ons    are  evident  between     THE  PLANNER    &    PRACTICE     Individual    connected  to  collec+ve   (chicken  and  egg?)     …percep+ons   …points  of  departure   …relevance  and  ‘impact’          
  7. 7. Strong  rela+ons/connec+ons  are  evident  between     PLANNER    &    PRACTICE  (cont)       (i)  Ability  to  learn  and  adapt…     (ii)  Beliefs  about  the  ability  to  influence  the  future…     (iii)  Sense  of  purpose,  drive  &  courage  to  ‘keep  going’                and  take  ac+on  (especially  in  complexity  of                  context  &  prac+ce,  where  challenges  &  failures                  starkly  evident)     (iv)  Iden+ty  and  strengths  through  different  approaches                  and  roles  (advocacy,  collabora+ve  &  par+cipatory,                  highly  technical,  administra+ve  &  law  …)    (v)    Rela+onal  nature  of  learning  processes,  mentoring  etc.                    (hard,  difficult  &  advantage  of  hindsight)    
  8. 8. Implica+ons  of   these   strong   rela+ons/   connec+ons?       Between   PLANNERS    &     PRACTICE     Individuals  &  A/ The  Collec+ve     (the  story  for     another  day)    
  9. 9. New  ques+ons  about  the  relevance  for  AI  prac+ce?     What  are  the  ques+ons  relevant  to  scaling  up?   Some  personal  reflec+ons…        
  10. 10. New  ques+ons  that  I  feel   this  might  point  to,     would  be  relevant  for  me   &  maybe  for  “us”  to   reflect  on  in  AI  context?     For  the  individual…   For  a/the  collec-ve…                
  11. 11. (i)  What  do  I  believe  &  trust  regarding  my   ability  to  make  a  difference,  to  add   value…..(and  to  recover)?   (ii)  Should  I/we  not  some+mes  be  brave  enough  to  “trust”,  to  connect  and  engage   difficult  discussions,  to  challenge  beliefs   on  a  small  scale  to  be  able  to  appreciate   something  else?     (iii)  How  do  I  build  from  my  own  iden+ty,   rich  experiences  and  prac+ces…?     How  do  I  strive  for  strength  in  authen+city   versus    a/the  formula  in  unique  contexts   and  rela+ons…?  
  12. 12. Engaging  collec+ve  futures:    The  (happy)  mee+ng  of  ways  between   the  individual  &  collec+ve….  Take  care  

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