spaces of permission
spaces of permission
where people can be themselves,
where they can find and craft their art,
to do things that matter.
nothing to prove.. ness
imagine an ideal home situation:
Quite possibly an unschooled home, where the parents trust that learning is natural and non-linear. The natural part implies that life is rich enough to suffice a curriculum. The non-linear part implies that no pre-scribed basics are needed. This frees them up to focus on knowing their child. This knowledge allows them to facilitate the unique curiosity (curriculum) from inside.
This child has access to any resources needed, is known by someone, believes he has nothing to prove, and is free to be curious, to be himself.
We’re thinking this is a more sane, equitable, and humane definition or rendering of no child left behind.
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What distinguished programmers at the top performing companies wasn’t greater experience or better pay. It was how much privacy, personal workspace and freedom from interruption they enjoyed. If you have talented and motivated people, they should be encouraged to work alone when creativity or efficiency is the highest priority. – Adrian Furnham
p. 131: Scientific revolutionary humanism cannot, in the name of revolution, treat the oppressed as objects to be analyzed and (based on that analysis) presented with prescriptions for behavior. –Paulo Freire
Thinking of public (concerning all the people), examples of physical and mental spaces:
- city as wikipedia/network of passages – not even as a collection of liberated spaces but as a network of passages, as a network of spaces belonging to nobody and everybody at the same time, which are not defined by a fixed-power but are open to a constant process of (re)definition. – Stavros Starvides
- be you house
- flavors of success
(cure) (city) ness
striated and smooth spaces – Deleuze & Guattari:
Movement happens differently within each of these spaces. Smooth space
is a space of becoming, of wandering (nomad space), where the movement is
more important than the arrival. In striated space, what is most important is
arrival at the point towards which one is oriented: ‘In striated space, lines or
trajectories tend to be subordinated to points: one goes from one point to
another. In the smooth, it is the opposite: the points are subordinated to the
trajectory’ (Deleuze & Guattari, 1988, p. 478).
What is important about this conceptualisation of space is not so much
the way the two types of space are opposed to each other as their tendency to
pervade each other – for striation to appropriate the smooth, and for the smooth
to emerge from the striated (p. 500).
Of course, smooth spaces are not in themselves liberatory. But the struggle
is changed or displaced in them, and life reconstitutes its stakes, confronts
new obstacles, invents new paces, switches adversaries. Never believe that
a smooth space will suffice to save us. (p. 500)
the dance. the smooth within the striated and the striated within the smooth.. till we no longer need the words. perhaps.
Much as ‘it is possible to live
striated on the deserts, steppes, or seas; it is possible to live smooth even in the
cities, to be an urban nomad’ (Deleuze & Guattari, 1988, p. 482).
It means that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome. When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgement and control.
To truly support people in their own growth, transformation, grief, etc., we can’t do it by taking their power away (ie. trying to fix their problems), shaming them (ie. implying that they should know more than they do), or overwhelming them (ie. giving them more information than they’re ready for). We have to be prepared to step to the side so that they can make their own choices, offer them unconditional love and support, give gentle guidance when it’s needed, and make them feel safe even when they make mistakes.
We cannot do it if we are overly emotional ourselves, if we haven’t done the hard work of looking into our own shadow, or if we don’t trust the people we are holding space for.