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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Being uncertain and fallible

In the Action Research discussion I'm following, but with no time to participate the subject of uncertainty has come up. Someone asks if it's possible to establish "uncertain" beginnings without losing the confidence of clients and colleagues and stakeholders.

This post-modern metaphor of journeying communities exploring mysteries together is all very well - but most of us are still working in modern contexts where being uncertain, fallible and non-holders of the truth is to lose credibility, not win it.

Dancing my way through post-modern and modern mindsets is a tough one - and I find myself hungry for stories that help me find meaning in both worlds. My uncertainty doesn't come from either belonging to post-modern or modern communities or mindsets. My very rocky uncertainty crises come from looking for meaning from both.



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