Someone asked me why a particular committee had not done a task that impeded the progress of a mutual friend.
“Because powerful committees grow thick skins.”
Also on my FB feed…
Burrito thought. is there some sort of Burrito aesthetic I don’t know about? That dictates the ingredients be like in strata inside the burrito? Because I’d rather have more mixing. Why not put all ingredients in a bowl (at like an eatery), THEN nix them and then into burrito. More bite similarity across the eating experience.
Comment thread from FB:
So, several important themes are here.
1) Why have no burrito joints created this innovation? are there costs to bowls and cleaning that make it not viable?
2) If people want it, why have the markets not provided what we want?
3) Are there proper aesthetics or culinary philosophies guiding burrito creation and consumption?
Found this gem buried in Alan Meyer’s (and Tsui and Hinnings) essay on Configurational Analysis….
The history of life contains “long periods of boredom and short
periods of terror.”
Stephen Jay Gould, The Panda’s Thumb
I realize now this essay for me was a key link from the kind of deterministic quality of pop ecology stuff and the re-emergence of institutional theory point to where I mean to be myself: moving beyond a kind of narrow fit to envronment of contingency theory to one that sees a multivariate and dynamic relationship betwenn an organization,, multiple fields, and complex environments.
Meyer, Tsui, and Hinnigns citation:
Configurational Approaches to Organizational Analysis
Author(s): Alan D. Meyer, Anne S. Tsui, C. R. Hinings
The Academy of Management Journal,
Vol. 36, No. 6 (Dec., 1993), pp. 1175-1195
I have a conflict. I can’t go. I have a meeting. I have to be with my kids.
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These are the various reason why students, staff, and others can not come to various worthy events at Bucknell. For example, Tuesday nights are the one day without classes at night (lol except Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). So the Bucknell Forum, as well as others, use Tuesday as the ideal night for these events. Guess what? It is also when students schedule their various clubs and organizations including the powerful Greek orgs.
At the same time, I have ahd students avoid 4-5 or 02-5 commitments because of sports practices or games/events.
Meanwhile, no one likes 8 a.m. classes.
And, most weeks there are 2-3 events which I would like to participate in but can’t because they are in the 7-9 at night window when I am with my family.
The schedule rules. It is not sexy. It is not “cool” like smart boards in classrooms, service-learning, or student-led expeditions to tag pythons for an ecology class. However, I suggest that in terms of making life better AND using current resources better (as in more attendance at more events), the schedule is the most over-looked and also most urgent area of reform.
I have imagined various STRUCTURAL changes to the schedule which might help lessen some of these inherent conflicts. Continue reading