I'm Rachael Burgess, I've been a member of the Bath Conversation cafe for four years and am currently working on clarifying my value of loving kindness and exploring my interest in Living Global Citizenship.
How am I creating a Living Educational Therory of an Ecology of Care through my practice of Living Global Citizenship with Loving Kindness? (19Dec19) is beginning to be answered as I contribute towards creating a gathering of Living Theory Researchers with Jack, Marie and other living theorists.
My contribution began with creating the Living Theory Research Gathering - 27th June 2020 website and the home page began with the following invitation:
This website is dedicated to preparing for a Living Educational Theory Research Day due to be held on Saturday 27th June 2020. It is intended that this site will evolve over the next few months as contributions are added and responded to. If you would like to participate please contact me via the feedback facility and I will set up your own named page on the left hand menu. In your message please provide me with an email address to which I can send you a password so that you can upload and edit your own contributions. The original plan was to mimic the formatnfrom the previous two gatherings (2017 and 2019) in that the participants of the Friday Morning Conversation Cafe held in Bath (UK) would gather in person and be open for participation from the wider Living Theory Research Community via skype. With the current situation changing daily with regard to Covid-19 it is too early to say how the day will unfold. Nevertheless, with conferences being cancelled, I will be working hard to tap into the potential for technology to support us and ensure that our future event will go ahead in some form online.
20 March 2020
On 27th April 2020 I received an email from Jack and Marie which began:
Dear Rachael and Marie - I’m wondering what you think about the following suggestion to modify the present homepage introduction to our Living Educational Theory research gathering on the 27th June.
The three of us could work together (and to include others where appropriate) on evolving the planning the day and Marie and I could continue to respond to Rachael in the way we would to a doctoral researcher. Here is what I’m suggesting we replace the present introduction on the homepage with - this is of course open to any modifications you think will improve it.
I agreed with the suggestion and have amended the homepage accordingly with a slight modication of the close from Kind Regards to Love. (Kind regards felt - odd- too formal)
This website is dedicated to preparing for our Living Educational Theory Research Day due to be held on Saturday 27th June 2020 with virtual contributions. It is intended that this site will evolve over the next few months as contributions are added and responded to. If you would like to participate please contact Rachael via the feedback facility and Rachael will set up your own named page on the left hand menu. In your message please provide us with an email address to which Rachael can send you a password so that you can upload and edit your own contributions.
The plan is to develop our contributions from the previous two gatherings (2017 and 2019 hosted by Rachael) with contributions on the day and to the website before the 27th June. This event is for educational practitioner researchers who want to learn by engaging in research conversations to enhance other participants' Living Educational Theory research and their own.
What we are asking is that you provide details in your web-page on the left-hand menu of url access to:
a) Your most recent living-poster.
b) A recent action planner focused on your research into, 'how do I/we (individually and in cooperation) enhance the difference Living Educational Theory research makes to communities (and/or organisations) concerned to extend human flourishing?
c) A link to your own personal websites where you have given access to your writings such as your masters dissertation or doctoral thesis, your conference presentations and publications.
If we do this, by the 27th June 2020 we should have an impressive data archive that we can use as a data base that shows where our individual research programmes, 'how do I/we (individually and in cooperation) enhance the difference Living Educational Theory research makes to communities (and/or organisations) concerned to extend human flourishing?)', have got to on this day. We can then use these data in projecting ourselves, through our action planning, into a future that does not yet exist but in which we are seeking to enhance the influence of values of human flourishing. This influence could include what we see as our responsibilities as global citizens. We could also commit ourselves to returning to a fourth Living Educational Theory research gathering to share and evaluate what we have been doing between the 27th June and our fourth meeting.
We are hoping to move forward from our second gathering on ‘Living Theory research making a difference in communities and organisations: continuing conversations.’ on the 13th April 2019 (see https://www.actionresearch.net/writings/jack/jwreport13april260419.pdf ).
Rachael, Marie and Jack.
28 April 2020