|Crossing Avon Avenue (Reilly, Newark)|
"Historically, our working and learning lives have been overly coded," writes Renee Charney on the first page of her dissertation, Rhizomatic Learning and Adapting: A Case Sturdy Exploring Interprofessional Team's Lived Experience (unpublished). I am serving as a committee member for Renee who will defend her dissertation in a few weeks. That opening line, so bold, caught and held my attention as I read her work. Frankly, it's the finest dissertation I've read and I found myself wanting to write academically again. I wanted to wade into that sea of middles that I have known and forgotten. I wanted to dwell in that storied world Renee (re)presents so invitingly and think about codification, standards, tacit ways of knowing, grief and stories.
As I read I wondered:
- What does it mean to live/work overly coded? In such a world, what happens to thought? Confidence?
- What leads us to embrace certainty? How does it comfort? Complicate?
- Are content standards a form of exploitation as defined by Holmqvist? (see here and here) Must we exploit?
- How do we unlearn? How do organizations unlearn?
- Are stories representations of middle spaces?
- How might storytelling trigger unlearning
- Can a nation heal through the stories and counter-stories it tells? How can we better hear counter-stories?