Yes, thanks for the list Tim.
I relate to Chris' reference to participation be useful in the complex environment.
Thanks Tim - I agree it's a good list to work on.
My edge, I think, in this kind of space is in how to integrate 'experts' in participatory approaches. We all know experts can disempower others, but I think there is some tendency to throw out the expert when we start a participatory approach, as if they no longer have anything to offer once we have gone to the participatory realm.
So if we are working with a system on when to be more participatory and when not, one of my questions is how can we continue to value the 'experts' in such a way that doesn't undermine the participation ? The notion of 'expert' and 'non-expert' is another type of hierarchy for us to be considering as well as the power / organisational chart hierarchy - I think it is very easy to create false dichotomies that we either work through hierarchy or we don't or that we either use experts or we don't and if we take any kind of step back we know that's not true .... but we do seem to like dichotomies.
I haven't got a model for all contexts at all. I guess I am saying that I think we need a bit more nuance than simply a choice between "participatory or not".
Very interested to hear other thoughts.
I often differentiate between expert and expertise. Bringing in knowledge, information, experience, etc. that adds to our understanding of an issue can be valuable and can help us find our own wisdom to move forward vs. the expert telling us what they think we should do. Talking about the value of bringing in expertise also seems to lower the discomfort of clients that fall into the we need an expert trap.
That’s a good distinction Jerry. There have been several processes where we want as much expertise in the room as possible. And diverse expertise as well. People can be experts in various disciplines and knowledge bases all of which are important for an inquiry in which none of know how to move forward, but together we can figure something out.
As for experts… when the pipes burst, I definitely want a plumber!