Category Archives: living systems research

Calling time on ancedotal evidence….

I notice my irritation rising whenever someone refers to ‘anecdotal evidence’. As if people are saying the evidence is merely anecdotal. It’s unreliable and based on hearsay. It doesn’t count for much. And so often, such remarks are made in … Continue reading

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Yoland Wadsworth Book Group launched

You are invited to join a new book group to Yoland Wadsworth’s book Building in Research and Evaluation Human Inquiry for Living Systems. Allen and Unwin 2011  More here at http://livingsystemsresearch.com/ All details still to be agreed – but we expect … Continue reading

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Caring conversations in action

Taking time to hear the stories that matter to matter pays off in the long run…it’s just the way we do things round here.   Asking for feedback can feel a bit embarrassing but we find the courage because it’s good … Continue reading

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Research as if people were human

I’m delighted to be a guest blogger for IRISS this week.  This post talks about how stories energise and restore people’s connections with each other and what they care about, so motivating people to work together.  Action research – a truly humane approach to … Continue reading

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Appreciative dialogue – co-production in action

Here’s a new article on appreciative dialogue by Belinda Dewar and Cathy Sharp. We discuss the role of appreciative dialogue in facilitation of practice development and action research. There’s not much guidance about the ‘how’ of facilitation – here we highlight one … Continue reading

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Stories – how to use them to bring work to life

Changing places with stories is a new resource developed by Space Unlimited with Research for Real to help groups of people to work with stories to support learning and inspire action to improve our places. Experience shows that story-telling can … Continue reading

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Improvisation and the art of change

At a Total Place event today we were reminded “the revolution will be improvised”. A catchy meme for sure which reminded me of an article I’ve read some time ago by Frank J Barrett.   He makes the point that there are lots … Continue reading

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10 years of life as action research…..

Research for Real is ten years old this week.  We’ve been celebrating in style.  And were lucky enough to have the company of Yoland Wadsworth who’s been to Scotland as part of her current trip to Europe as a keynote … Continue reading

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