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Impartiality?

Thanks to Adriana Cronin Lucas for sharing this quote from G K Chesteron:

Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance

That captures something important about facilitation. Although I understand the idea of being neutral between parties in conflict I think it’s bogus to affect objectivity. I see my job as showing up to what’s going on, bringing my own subjective responses. Sure, I make choices about how I manage them, but fake neutrality is no use to anyone.

Bonus link: David Weinberger on multi-subjectivity. And see Lloyd Davis’ excellent summary of Weinberger’s recent speech in Oxford.