Making Sense Bringing Everyday Life at Work

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Inspired by contemporary work life studies on making sense at work this paper elaborates on using Critical Utopian Action Research as methodology for enabling shared learning spaces in which citizens and professionals can conjoin around discussions of deeper human aspirations enabled through synergies between civil engagement and organisational capabilities. The paper reports on experiences with enabling free spaces in the contexts of everyday life, where broader human concerns and aspirations can be addressed, as in the context of work life, where organisational responses on these orientations can be developed. On this basis the paper highlights how the methodology invites for broader emancipatory considerations addressing aspirations on how we want to live; how these orientations transcends organisational and disciplinary boundaries; and how they calls for trans-disciplinary and –organisational thinking. Building on these experiences the paper elaborates on transforming these emancipatory orientations into new organisational forms.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event9th Action Learning Action Research and 13th Participatory Action Research World Congress - St. George Hotel and Conference Centre, Pretoria, South Africa
Duration: 4 Nov 20157 Nov 2015
Conference number: 13


Conference9th Action Learning Action Research and 13th Participatory Action Research World Congress
LocationSt. George Hotel and Conference Centre
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
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