Failure, Complexity and Control

With some irony, i am deep in complexity as i design a workshop for next week of the same name: this is a familiar feeling.

Typically i start by trying to ‘say’ too much – too many slides, too many sections, too much content, too many words.

That’s because ‘content’, or ‘expertise’ is a place of safety: you may deliver a terrible experience, but you are unlikely to be ‘found out’ as ignorant, if you just throw content out.

But learning requires us to create space: for dialogue, to breathe, to connect, to explore context, to find the meaning.

Which loops around to risk, because ‘space’ feels risky: how will people feel if all i give them is space?

Fortunately, familiarity breeds survival strategies: i am used to this feeling – a rather manic few days of activity, building out structure and sections, activities and stories – and then taking a deep breath and reeling myself back from this complexity.

I’m not there yet: i still need the feeling that i’ve made the mountain before i can unmake it.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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