Thinking in Community

Share photos on twitter with TwitpicLately, I’ve been thinking about thinking.  In fact, over on Laura’s Writings, I’m on my second batch of thinking terms for the Tangentizing Dictionary.

As I finished the first round a few weeks ago, I immediately began to wonder what thinking might look like in community.  For me, as always, wondering begins with definitions (practical flesh comes later).

Deliberative Thinking

  • Discussion requiring preparation by and involvement of each person in the community and focusing on communal learning rather than speech-making
  • Examination of ideas, combining the many perspectives in the community, with each person exercising the rights of and responsibilities for communal maturation

Investigative Thinking

  • Detailed examination of an idea or situation, involving multiple examiners and ending in a synthesis of the results of the examination
  • A searching inquiry with multiple seekers of truth and a synthesis of the resulting expansion of ideas

Liberative Thinking

  • Thinking that releases the Body for communal idea creation by offering support before evaluation
  • Thinking that tends to free natural idea creation by encouraging free expression from each and for all

Iterative Thinking

  • Repetition through helical dialogue, adding to knowledge by revisiting topics
  • Recurrence through cyclical dialogue, adding to knowledge by revisiting processes

What do you think (no pun intended)?  Are there other forms of thinking that ought to be included?

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My name is Laura and I am on a journey, pondering the implications of God's glorious design of humanity and integrating every aspects of this design into a description of whole life health.
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