Source of image Loretos Journey Towards a PhD blog
This image of the ups and downs of a doctoral journey captures well the dynamics of any sustained exploration into the unknown. It seems to me that it is precisely because such journeys are full of ups and downs, turns and twists, obstacles, potholes and dead ends that they test our character and resolve and create the intrinsic motivations and desires to succeed that enable our creativity to flourish. One of the reasons for this is that these departures from what we hope will happen - are the sites that open up new possibilities. While the impediments that inhibit our progress or even set us back can make us feel bad they make us react and respond in an ecological way with our contexts and our physical and social world. They make us search for solutions to problems that we didn't even know existed until we found them. They make us do things that we would not have done had our unfolding present followed the pathway we had hoped and we experienced these things physically, emotionally and cognitively and learn.
One of these writers - Denise DeLuca uses ecological thinking as a way of stimulating innovation through bio mimicry. Her book "Re-Aligning with Nature" Ecological Thinking for Radical Transformation contains lots of interesting ideas (see video below) One of my take aways from the book is contained in the question What is nature's paradigm? 'maybe nature is not efficient, perhaps efficiency is not a goal of nature? Perhaps this idea has relevance for education which more and more seems to embrace the efficiency paradigm... It certainly makes sense to me in terms of my own ecologies for learning.. they are not founded on a paradigm of efficiency but on the desire to learn that requires investments that are often not efficient!
Ron readily agreed with my suggestion and so this morning I emailed Denise and 3 hours later she had replied with such enthusiasm that I feel quite energised.