Ken Friedman wrote:
> First, as Chris notes, commitment is an issue. Whether or not we are in a flow state, we are obliged to do the jobs we agree to take on.
That's a rather functional position Ken. When I say "commitment" I mean
an inner tacit commitment that drives you to do something. Obligation
does not have to come in to it.
I proposed this because I was interested in successful learners and what
motivates them to pursue difficult and initially unrewarding tasks. The
mature amateur craftspeople that Nicola Wood has been working with in
her recent research on skills learning are a relatively easy group to
engage because the seem to bring this commitment with them, although
even there some did not carry their enthusiasm through to a conclusion.
Younger students in the more formal setting of the university seem less
promising in this respect, hence my wish to unpick the issue of passion.
But maybe my question should have been about commitment. Trouble is that
"commitment" brings at least as much confusing baggage as passion, and
it's a lot less immediate. "Flow" is a great term because it is
relatively unencumbered with confusing meanings. A pity that it is not
the right one for this.
Incidentally, I believe that the ability to pronounce Cziksentmihalyi is
the true distinguishing mark of the modern scholar and the design
research community needs to speak with one voice on this if we are to
show that we really are thought leaders. I'm indebted to Mark Blythe of
York University who taught me how to say it (blame him if I'm wrong).
so all together now: "Chick sent me high"
(Hungarian members are excused this exercise)