Merging Theory and Practice
Bandy Lee Prologue
Making Sense as a movement formed when Lorna Collins and I came together, as theorist and practitioner, to address a fundamental problem that we see in all modes of contemporary inquiry. We might define this problem as the divide between theory and practice, and between practice and actual need. We no longer ‘make sense’ – other than to ourselves, that is to say, to our own circles. A consequence of this is that practitioners consider theory to be irrelevant to practice, and clients or patrons con- sider practice to be unconcerned with their needs or desires. We see this in almost every field, from the art world to healthcare delivery. We have ceased to talk to each other, let alone work together to solve our common problems. Now the need has become urgent: from individual alienation to intergroup conf licts to environmental devastation, many preventable problems of the world seem beyond our reach. We find ourselves in a world where potentials are lost not because great ideas and talented abilities are lacking, but because dif ferent perspectives are rarely brought together for a common understanding and ef fective application. We feel that the time is ripe for a collaborative, creative conversation among thinkers and doers who are concerned with the status of our intel- lectual, cultural, practical, and emotional existence. The goal is to address this contemporary condition from the very level of civilization. As inte- gration occurs, and we as a single human race gain in integrity, many of our...
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