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Double bind feedback

Monday, February 12th, 2007

At the end of a lecture series (again, and again on human ecology) students were asked for feedback about the lecture series as part of their exams. In order to get a certificate, students have to hand in a written statement including critical feedback about the lecture series. If I was in need of self-affirmation, […]

Partially right, partially wrong

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006

Quotes from no liars taken from an ongoing lecture series on human ecology: In ecology, anything is partially right and partially wrong, and everything else is also partially right and partially wrong. — Markus Staudinger, 2006-11-28 And, at the end of today’s lecture: Everything we have said here today is wrong. Wrong in the sense […]

Claiming responsibility

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

The following took place in the context of a lecture series on human ecology. One evening, after talks a speaker and friend of mine asked me how I perceive the lectures. I answered that I am thinking about responsibility. Next she wanted to know what were the results of my thinkings. I said: Responsibility. By […]

Dangerous sustainability

Monday, June 19th, 2006

There must be something about sustainability that is pretty scarily dangerous. I have seen quite many projects, institutions, lecture series, websites, forums and more, all about sustainable development, sustainability research, and human ecology, and yet they simply stopped, evaporated, ceased to exist, or got nixed.

The core trouble of feedback

Monday, March 6th, 2006

Here is one more proof of the fact that I am a liar simply because I am asking for feedback. If I ask someone for feedback and if I do so honestly, that means I am asking, and I am taking the received feedback for what it is, namely others opinion, their true opinion, then […]

Agreeing not to agree

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

In a nice lecture series on human ecology (PDFs) I recently asked the lecturers and the audience what we can agree upon. My question was provoked since many lecturers repeatedly stressed the importance of diversity and tolerance. Anyway, my question was at most answered by silence. So, I asked: “Can we agree upon the fact […]

Feedback of students

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Yesterday, at the end of a series of lectures on human ecology, a lecturer uttered just after her own talk when the audience had left, that it is a pity that lecturers get so little feedback from the students, especially during one’s talk. When I heard that my liar’s heart began to jump, my ears […]