L2C trainers proposed a WebLab process that is useful for educators and to practice their collective ability to perceive, discuss, and research complex issues. Because so many of the challenges that we face now are complex, we need approaches to meeting that complexity.
Thinking in complexity requires the ability to perceive across multiple perspectives and contexts. This is not a muscle that has been trained into us in school or in the work world. It is a skill acutely needed in this era to meet our personal, professional, and collective needs to respond to crises, and to improve our lives.
A kaleidoscope of conversations: Warm data labs for teacher professional development
What we want to offer today is a kaleidoscope of conversations in which cross-contextual knowing is generated — this cross-contextual information is the Warm Data (Nora Bateson). Learn to Change has adapted Warm data labs to the context of teachers’ professional development. We have gathered educators, students and parents to have intergenerational conversations, between people who rarely meet to talk outside of the pressure of education systems!
Sustaining people-to-people interaction in weblabs is comparable to “allowing the scientific spirit to infuse our communication” (David Bohm). We need to have a kind of scientific attitude when we talk. Weblabs does mean that we are getting ready to do. That is the gist of the scientific spirit. We are just listening.
We listen without having to make any choices about who is right and who is wrong. It is more important to see the whole meaning that emerges rather than any particular opinion that would prevail because seeing the whole helps us create a new frame of mind in which our different understandings have enough common content for us to connect to our unique consciousness.