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[ba-unrev-talk] Towards a participatory world

http://www.bath.ac.uk/~mnspwr/Papers/participationwritingcarvingteaching.htm    (01)

"Over the past few months I have been using freefall writing as a 
discipline to explore and attempt to deepen my experience of living a 
participatory worldview. In freefall, one ‘writes without a parachute’, 
allowing the process of writing to unfold. I know when I have dropped into 
the freefall mode these days, as I feel a Zen-like sense of calm and 
spontaneous deliberateness, letting go of control and settling into what 
Natalie Goldberg (1990) describes as ‘wild mind’. At these times I notice 
acutely how the pads on my fingertips make good contact with the keyboard 
and enter a moment of time when I can directly experience the words coming 
through my bodymind and onto the screen.
How can we think about participatory mind? Are there some intellectual 
handles which can help us understand these participatory practices? James 
Ogilvy (1986) suggests that paradigms consist not simply of intellectual 
frameworks, but of moods, myths, models, and metaphors. To this I want to 
add ‘methods’, the practice dimension of paradigms, how they infuse 
everything we do. I have often thought that the way we think is made 
concrete in our practices, and even more in our engineering and 
architecture—our straight line thinking is made manifest in the sewers 
which take our shit out to sea; our hierarchical thinking in the straight 
lines in which we fix chairs in lecture rooms, all facing the lecturer."    (02)