Becoming a Transformations Practitioner
Keywords:transformation pathways, inner sustainability, indigeneity, decolonization
What are common pathways to becoming a transformations practitioner practitioner? Do these pathways depend on ‘inner work,’ or rather just being in the right place at the right time? How do personal transformations relate to social or material ones? We draw on 56 interviews with active practitioners from around the globe to address these questions. Interviewees reflected on how they developed capacities to engage in personal and professional transformations.
In many cases, epiphanies and self-reflective practices led to turning points away from conventional career patterns. The realization, either sudden or progressive, that established forms of science and practice were insufficient, and that one needs to extend one’s scope beyond conventional frames and beliefs often happened in the context of ‘epistemological crises.’ That is, deeply questioning what counts as valid and useful knowledge and how learning occurs. An unexpected finding was that such personal crises were often triggered by meaningful interactions with non-Western cultures, through which the epistemologies and, occasionally, ontologies of these cultures were embraced or at least recognized as equally sound to their Western counterparts. In these cases, ‘letting go’ and ‘unlearning’ were identified as key skills to overcome onto-epistemological crises.
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