These practices offered are gathered from
people we know who have taken on the task of developing their capacity for
Inquiry-in-Action. The contributors of these practices come from ten countries
on four different continents.
practices are arranged as follows:
By Myself: Those to do on your own—these may
be referred to as “1st person” practices.
By Myself with
Others: Those to
do with others—these may be referred to as “2nd person” practices.
By Myself in the
System: Those to
do in a larger system or group—these may be referred to as “3rd
are a few suggestions about how you might approach them.
with all new learning, the best advice is to slow down, find your own style and
preferences and introduce some discipline.
may be familiar with your own style of learning, and it may be reflective,
action-oriented, theoretical or pragmatic—in most cases a combination of all of
these. Yet you are likely to have a preference, a default style that you tend
to fall back on when starting something new. The style we suggest you adopt is
one of intentionally developing your capacity to engage in Inquiry-in-Action.
If you are action-oriented, you may need to slow down in order to access the
value of reflection. If you are more of a reflecting person or a theorist, you
may need to speed up to get into the action.
a beginning learner you might want to start with the focus that seems most
relevant to your circumstances. To do this, ask yourself honestly which area
you feel a personal need to develop in. You might ask not only yourself, but
also close colleagues, friends or family.
Am I most authentic and aware
when I’m together with a few others in my work relationships, or when I’m
contributing to the larger groups that I’m engaged with?