One shift since the 1970s, interestingly not remarked much on during the conference just ended, “Science for the People, the 1970s and today,” is the rise of more self-conscious participatory processes. This early morning youtube provides my reflection on the conference through the lens of being more self-conscious about participatory processes. The document I am using to prompt my unscripted talk can be seen at http://wp.me/p1gwfa-rS.
To be clear: The document was prepared by me, a participant, after a post-Occupy “disconference,” not by the organizing committee. I did send the committee a copy, but my primary motivation was not to diss the disconference, but rather to put any dissatisfaction behind me by using my experience to learn, to clarify what I think about better engaging participants’ interests and energies. The same “Plus-Delta” spirit of learning (or “refractive practice“) motivates the youtube.