Systems thinker Tom Andersen, in being “a wanderer and worrier” (as he put it), was constantly reflecting on his own practice, on his way of ‘going on’, to further develop and refine it. Each new way came to him, he said, on reaching a ‘crossroads’, a point when he felt unable to continue any longer in the same way. But once he stopped doing what he had come to see as ethically wrong, he found, he said, that the “alternatives popped up almost by themselves”.
It is what the nature of that imaginative judgmental work feels like, looks like, and sounds like that Shotter discuss in this talk.