Engaging Collective Futures through Making Meaning and Taking Action
Engaging collec+ve futures through being and becoming: Making meaning and taking ac+on Elsona van Huyssteen, Mark Oranje firstname.lastname@example.org Connec+ng self to others – from inner to outer (or other ways around?)
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
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?
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?
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
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’
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)
Implica+ons of these strong rela+ons/ connec+ons? Between PLANNERS & PRACTICE Individuals & A/ The Collec+ve (the story for another day)
New ques+ons about the relevance for AI prac+ce? What are the ques+ons relevant to scaling up? Some personal reﬂec+ons…
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…
(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…?
Engaging collec+ve futures: The (happy) mee+ng of ways between the individual & collec+ve…. Take care