Trends in Organizational Learning concept LO29369

From: Mark Feenstra (
Date: 10/23/02

Replying to LO29348 --

At wrote:

>Dear Organlearners,

>The difference between writing and talking is intense for me. When, for
>example, Alfred Rheeder and i get together, we cover in an hour of
>dialogue what cannot be done >in 24 hours of writing. Furthermore, we
>both experience distinctively what Goethe called "Steigerung" -- a
>zig-zag like string of connected emergences. On the one-hand >it is a
>thrill, but on the other hand it is tiring, zapping one's free energy to
>the very end.

>I miss this in writing. That is what i meant by a two face mongrel. What
>i write and what i know is just not the same thing. A dialogue through
>writing is by far not the same as one through talking. When talking, the
>knowledge of each person participating in the dialogue is interacting
>immediately with that of every other person. There is no delay as in
>writing. There is also face-to-face contact, indicating visually how the
>dialogue is proceeding in wholeness and the other 7Es. I will be a two
>faced mongrel if i do not stress this immense difference for me between
>talking and writing.

Hi At and all

Yes to what you write above. Also yes to conversations in writing that
allow me the luxury to go back over what I meant, to reflect and clarify,
before it even comes out of my virtual mouth. I'm starting a new project
with a group all working in different places. We swap modes between chat,
phone, email, web cam and face to face meetings (where we exchange mind
maps using infra red on PocketPC's). The trick seems to be to learn to use
the appropriate medium/s for the appropriate exchanges. For example we
drifted into a somewhat heated and difficult email exchange over several
about some shareholder decisions that would have been much better worked
through face to face. Some of these mediums seem to take on a life and
momentum of their own.

Warm regards

Mark Feenstra


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