That's Interesting! Award 2014
Russ Vince (School of Management, University of Bath, UK):
The Unconscious and Institutional Work
What people bring to their institutional work is not only purposive. There are likely to be aspects to purposiveness that
are unconscious, that are active despite being hidden from awareness. The interconnection of unconscious dynamics and purposive
action is discussed in order to expose the emotional and political complexities of maintaining, disrupting and creating institutions.
It is proposed that peoples agency can be embedded in institutional illogics, which are constructed in the ongoing interplay
between unconscious fantasy and domination.
That's Interesting! Award 2013
Katsuhiro Yamazumi (Kansai University, Japan):
Learning through Knotworking: An Activity-theoretical Study of Pedagogical Practices Concerning the Two Great Earthquakes
in Postwar Japan
In this paper, case study analysis of learning and education from experiencing the two great earthquakes in Postwar Japan
are carried out, based on the framework of cultural-historical activity theory. As the result of the analysis drawing on the
concept of "knotworking", it became clear that through learning for disaster reconstruction in school, children encountered
various "providers of learning", or partners, outside school to make connections and to create new, mutually supportive cultures
That's Interesting! Award 2012
Kristianne Ervik (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway):
Deliberate Dyslexia as a De-signing Practice
A strong focus on a need for crisis to make change happen can over-shadow efforts to keep change processes joyful and continuous.
This paper introduces and describes the practice of "deliberate dyslexia": a deliberate misreading activity that creates new
words and concepts. New concepts are iteratively explored through story and physical manifestation, such as the whining range
or the worstshop. Language is treated as an inexhaustible resource of inspiration it is sensemaking based on joy and