These aforementioned methods are great, and combined with technological applications such as skype, blogging, facebook, twitter, and other social media, it appears that keeping in touch and sharing information is easier now than it ever has been. The combination of communication technology and modern travel make it easy for people to connect in either the virtual or real worlds.
It with these thoughts in mind that I realize how fortunate the Action Research Center, the University of Cincinnati, and the City of Cincinnati are to be hosting Professor Sankaren. Over the past few weeks I have had pleasure of working in the same space as Shankar, attending meetings together, discussing dissertation ideas, and even arranging a visit for us to volunteer our time at Gorman Heritage Farm —really working in the field. As an environmentalist, I am often overly critical of long distance travel because of the fuel burned. However, there is no substitution for “being there,” wherever that is. Travel and face-to-face meetings, working side-by-side, cultural immersion, and sitting around the same table with others are invaluable experiences.
As Peter Reason stated in 2005, “Thank you Shankar for taking the time!”
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Shankar Sankaren. 2005. Action Research Journal. Notes from the Field: Action Research Conversations. 3 (4), 341 – 350
Peter Reason. 2005. Action Research Journal. Editorial. 3 (4), p 339- 340.