The professionals, researchers and authors in this podcast season have shared their specific social constructionist practice in a pre COVID world. In this episode, five of us reflect how social constructionism as an orientation is relevant and meaningful at all times, in all places and communities. More than ever, constructionist approaches that are available to us can help us heal the past and respond to current challenges and societal unrest in relational and collaborative ways.
Educational evaluation that comes from a relational perspective truly speaks to the demands of a rapidly changing world. Embracing collaborative learning, dialogic pedagogy, and flexible curricula can enhance learning processes, students’ engagement and vitality of relationships in classrooms, and in the evaluation of teaching and the school as a whole.
Social therapeutics as a playful, performatory, philosophical methodology for person and community development is the topic explored in this episode. Influenced by three intellectual traditions, it seeks to bring meaning to our relational processes in collaborative and appreciative ways to elevate human connection and bridge cultural divides.
Going meta on the topic of Appreciative Leading. Sheila McNamee offers us the social constructionist's perspective: what leading means as a relational process rather than as an individual's characteristics, traits or skills.
Applying Appreciative Inquiry in framing conversations to build the partnerships and strengthen collaboration in healthcare. Storytelling is a way to pull forward the positive from the past to envision more positive futures.
Creating a community conversation for input into our strategic plan to tap into the energy, passion, excitement and good ideas across our community, thereby helping us to navigate these very interesting times in higher education.
Remembering a peak experience when you felt this sense of flow, when you were at one with the experience and there were no boundaries between you and the activity.
Think back to a meeting that you really enjoyed. What role did the meeting design play in that meeting? You were engaged, you listened actively, you contributed, you felt heard and seen. You walked out of the meeting feeling uplifted and more energized than when you walked in. What was that meeting like?
How to deal with change? It's a question that comes up frequently. Afterall, we know change is happening all the time all around us. All is in a state of flux, nothing stays still. Some changes we initiate others are thrust upon us. Changes that we ourselves initiate can paradoxically be more challenging than changes that are imposed on us by others. We sometimes have to make really tough decisions and they can be the hardest to implement.
In this dialogue what unfolds is that it's the intimate conversation you have with another that potentially changes you and the other can expand to strengthen humanity's collective capacity to bring about personal and social change and even transformation.