Audience

Photographers, Aviary, Hong Kong ParkThis morning I’ve been reading student papers that have accrued in a small pile during my absence. One of those was a paper about the centrality of audience in healing as discussed in the writings of Michael White and Louis Mehl-Madrona. This set me to thinking about audience in a larger context.

I believe one of my central tasks when working with people is to be a good audience for their engagement with their lives. I also seek out opportunities to enlist others, whether human, spirit, or Nature, to serve as audience for them. In the classroom I try to find balance between imparting information, and drawing out and validating the students’ own knowledge, while encouraging the entire class to witness one another. Continue reading