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Image by Evan Dennis,

Take advantage of the ambiguity in the world. Look at something and think

what else It might be.   Roger von Oech

Ambiguity occurs in two spheres—the participants and the practitioner.  For those in conflict, the outcome is in question, the route is undefined, the perils are often hidden, and the undertaking is demanding.  For practitioner, ambiguity surfaces when an intervention falls flat when experience suggests it should succeed.


Reflective practitioners pay attention to the uncertainty—the participants’ and their own.   They don’t rush to action.  Rather than pushing through the ambiguity, or denying the contradiction, they patiently assess the situation in a careful and determined search for an explanation.      


Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the

best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.   Delicious Ambiguity.

Gilda Radner

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