OK, I surrender ….

I’ve been bad. Busy with work with clients and friends on projects I like, I have not paid attention to my blog. But there is more. When I started blogging, and subtitled my blog “Exploring social, commercial, and technological innovation,” I promised myself to stay away from political commentary.

To put the point baldly, I was (and remain) deeply dissatisfied with the political discourse in this country, and in the West. Good people vilifying each other in whining, complaining voices, like contending junkyard dogs do not give us room to learn or grow. (I don’t have enough experience with the discourse in the East to have an opinion there, but I suspect I wouldn’t like it there either.) I thought that anything I might say would be wood on the fire, merely adding to an already bad situation.

Recently, however, I concluded that if I begin to comment on the difficult situation of the country and what might be done about it, and explore the question of how to prepare our children to act in and take responsibility for the world that we are leaving them, then I might be able say some things that would be acceptable to me.

So this is the first next posting on my blog, headed in much the same direction as before, but with some  new opportunities, and explorations.

Sometime in the next weeks I will have an important announcement for those who have followed the work that I and my colleagues of many years have done in designing new practices, .

So stay tuned.

At my wife Shirah’s request I wrote a review yesterday of John L. Austin’s How to Do Things With Words, an important book that Fernando Flores introduced me to many years ago. Take a look and tell me what you think.

My greetings and best wishes to you,

Chauncey 

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6 thoughts on “OK, I surrender ….

  1. Hello Chauncey. I just wanted to leave a note to let you know that I am interested to hear what you will say next. Cathy Gould

  2. Hi Chauncey, I am very much interested in hearing your important announcement about designing new practices. Thank you!

  3. Hello Chauncey,

    I enjoy your conversation blogs.

    What type of standalone communications software are you using these days?

    Specifically, can you offer any product
    advice for those of us who “grew up” in
    The Coordinator start-up era, with you

    Regards,

    mike

  4. At the very core of our great manufacturing institutions in our World yes we are a vast network of service … this is now what will set us apart … how we take care of each others concerns and it all begins and ends with our speaking. How to design to enable this conversation? Educating all seems daunting and not at all pragmatic, but building structures that enable the convesations … perhaps I can make a difference there.

  5. At the very core of our great manufacturing institutions in our World yes we are a vast network of service … this is now what will set us apart … how we take care of each others concerns and it all begins and ends with our speaking. How to design to enable this conversation? Educating all seems daunting and not at all pragmatic, but building structures that enable the conversations … perhaps I can make a difference there.

  6. Thank you for the review. I’ve added John Austin’s book to my reading list. The idea that we are living in the era of services is assn interesting one. I don’t immediately have anything of value to contribute to the conversation but it’s definitely something I’ll put some thought into.

    I especially appreciated you tying the book back to teaching or children to be more effective. My wife and I have two children aged 5 and 7 and ensuring I’m preparing them to be effective and happy is something I think about regularly.

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