Practice, practice

Chris Corrigan has been the biggest single influence on my work as a facilatator. One of his many gifts has been his championing of facilitation as a practice which he explores further in this post. Here’s a snippet

It seems an important feature of any practice that one recognize that the reason for practicing is to meet challenge, difficulty and frustration. In that sense any practice becomes a dojo a place of training… Many of the places I work are difficult places, and I can see now that what makes me a practitioner is that I willingly choose those places because they are hard. That is where I practice, and the practice is learning to use the social spaces between us as people to make good happen in the world.

Practice is not a retreat from the world, it is confronting your sharpest edge.

I think it’s important to experience days when the work is difficult, where things are not smooth or comfortable. Smooth surfaces can be nice to touch, but they don’t give us grip.


1 thought on “Practice, practice

  1. Oli Watts

    Been meaning to comment on this for a while, its a great snippet.

    In my world, its musical practice, but its just as valid.

    So many people who play music, particularly the community-accessible style of percussion that I love, tend to view practising as a waste of time. For me, being involved in something with so many different strata of ability is a constant challenge, which is extremely exciting.

    Practising with someone who is more proficient, or trained differently that you gives such an opportunity for learning that you can’t fail to be stimulated. Similarly, practising with a novice helps you cement your own knowledge, and in a recent case for me have something you’ve ‘known’ for ages reinterpreted radically.

    In a nutshell, its all about learning — from the experienced and the new.

    (This was also a great chance to practice spelling practice 🙂 )


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