This page will hold quotes, links, and magic related to the teaching and practice of Creative Evaluation. It is a work in progress. Check back frequently and email me with suggestions for resources - academic, artistic, or otherwise, that we should consider including on this page.
DE supports learning for ongoing adaptation and innovation. DE will support the cohort's ability to learn from and with each other, paying attention to the journey of the cohort group as well as individuals.
P-FE places guiding principles at the center of its work, determining their meaningfulness, the degree of adherence to them, and their effectiveness. Principles provide the Northstar, allowing people to steer together through uncertainty and complexity.
ABE uses the methodologies of the arts to gather, analyze, and report data. The arts allow evaluators to access parts of the human experience that other social science methods don't.
K]nowledge socially constructed. It has ever been so and is so now. This does not mean there is no possibility of reality testing, or even of truth, though Simon Blackburn’s comprehensive guide to Truth (2005) makes it clear that the journey to that rare place can be treacherous and is always disputatious. Reality testing and shared truth in an evaluation emerge from dialogue and deliberation (House & Howe, 1999, 2000). What emerges from the interactions between developmental evaluators and social innovators is a narrative about what’s going on and what it means. In Stacey’s terms, “knowledge arises in complex responsive processes of relating between human bodies, that knowledge itself is continuously reproduced and potentially transformed. Knowledge is not a ‘thing,’ or a system, but an ephemeral, active process of relating” (2001, p. 4).
Michael Quinn Patton [TK Citation]
"Many of us are familiar with living in our heads, depending on our intellect, and developing enough external architecture to function and get by. But if we are to truly care for ourselves in a sustainable way, let alone anyone else—if we are to thrive—then something greater is required of us. We must discover an awareness of what allows us to live, moment by moment, from a centered place, from an awakened heart."
van Dernoot Lipsky, Laura. Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others (p. 229). Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Kindle Edition.
"Healing does not occur in a vacuum. We also need to begin mending our collective body. This mending takes place in connections with other bodies—in groups, neighborhoods, and communities.”
Menakem, Resmaa. My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies (p. 132). Central Recovery Press, LLC.
“Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
"Her sigh was full of despair, but at the bottom of her lungs, at the depth of her breath’s expulsion, there was also hope, waiting like sleep at the end of even the most torrid day."
Okri, Ben. The Famished Road: A Novel (Kindle Locations 1638-1639). Open Road Media. Kindle Edition.
"I asked my mom what we were gonna do. She told me we could only do what we could do, and that the monster that was the machine that was the government had no intention of slowing itself down for long enough to truly look back to see what happened. To make it right. And so what we could do had everything to do with being able to understand where we came from, what happened to our people, and how to honor them by living right, by telling our stories. She told me the world was made of stories, nothing else, just stories, and stories about stories."
Orange, Tommy. There There: A novel (p. 57). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
"...it is the most militant, most radical intervention anyone can make to not only speak of love, but to engage in the practice of love. For love as the foundation of all social movements for self-determination is the only way we create a world that domination and dominator thinking cannot destroy. Anytime we do the work of love we are doing the work of ending domination."
bell hooks, Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom