If there is one strand that connects any work that I do it is my desire to to be of some benefit to the world, and for that benefit to have a certain immediacy. I am concerned about issues such as peak oil and climate change that are so broad in their impact, so potentially disrupting, and so urgently in need of address that it is hard for me to think otherwise. For me, being an activist is crucial. If I’m going to continue on in the PhD program I will need to find a way to make my research activism.
What I’m missing, I think, are good examples of researchers that are engaged in action research; folks that are researchers and also activists and have managed to blend the two well. I can’t quite see yet how to apply the skills of a software researcher but if I had some examples of how others are doing it I think it would help.
So, know of anyone? (…)
If you do, I’d very much like to know, too—please share in the comments, or at Jon’s blog.