Diagnosing Contradictions of/through Co-operation
Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network
This workshop (from CASC 2015) will start by briefly encapsulating Cheney and Stohl's 2001 article "Participatory processes/paradoxical practices" and its typology of bitter, delicious, and/or ironic contradictions that we are often confronted with when co-operating at/in work (including member-volunteer governance, etc.). This is taken as a point of departure from which workshop participants can mutually and interactively share situations where instances of these types of contradictions have arisen in their own experience: the (at least) two constituent parts of the contradiction they faced, the assumptions and expectations that underlie these parts, and, where possible, suggestions for reframing, embracing and/or resolving these contradictions. Participants may offer each other questions, hunches, sympathies, and compassionate provocations. Participants are of course expected to be discreet and respectful in this potentially challenging and rewarding session of mutual self-reflection.