Critical Friends support session
‘Critical friendships are generous yet rigorous relationships that can co-create a more emergent, formative quality … . Through such interactions, critical friends naturally engage in mutual learning experiences that involve and develop insightful writing, conversations and other informed decisions and actions.’
If you participated in our September support session, this could be an excellent opportunity to widen your circle of critical friends by spending time with someone new. If this is your first time, this could be a revelation. Why not come and try it out for size?
About critical friendships: Essentially, critical friendships involve offering constructively generous challenge and/or support as required. Initially, our ideas about the centrality of critical friendships emerged from working with aspiring contributors to AMED’s journal e-Organisations and People and with members of the AMED Writers’ Group. Over the years, however, it’s become increasingly clear – implicitly at least - that critical friendships are at work in many other aspects of AMED Members’ relationships with each other, and with their clients and other networks.
So, in response to popular demand, we’re now arranging a series of regular support sessions to help participants articulate, develop, experience and share with each other the benefits and practices of critical friendship. This is the second such gathering.
About our process: As we understand them, critical friendships (see the three links below for context) are generous, well-intentioned relationships, with some similarities to action learning, in which you can raise and address emerging issues for your or other people's writing or other projects within a small, temporary community of practice. In our two hours together, there should be opportunities for whole group and small group discussion, for some personal time to reflect, and possibly even for a little writing. We can also rehearse engaging with each other in honest, critically friendly relationships.
How to book your place: Please let us know by Thursday 15 October (earlier if possible) whether or not you’d like to join us. You can do so in the RSVP space on the right-hand side of this page, or via e-mail. We’ll then send you a little more information, and the Zoom link for 17 October. This invitation is open to prospective authors, editors and anyone else who is interested in the potential of critical friendships in any context. Everyone is welcome.
See especially page 45 of the 3rd link (it's actually page 3 of this 10-page offprint) for some critical friend qualities.
Please feel free to get in touch beforehand if there’s anything you’d like to discuss before making your decision.
Very best wishes.
Bob E: firstname.lastname@example.org, M: 07855-458-691 and
John E: email@example.com
Edition Editors, Winter 2020 e-Organisations and People: ‘Fresh Horizons’
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