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3 BLENDED AT WORK Veranderpraktijk 1 change as two words of the same metal and explain in your way through you theory. Isn’t change not an active way of incremental development of the object you want to change? OS: All in all education and healthcare we find the same situation. Rapidly changing environment that requires us as leaders and managers and people that operate within the system to respond in one way or another and in a reactive way or generic way. This is the domain of Theory U; rapidly changing situation, responding in a more active way as how we should respond. Change leading to reactive, adaptive and generative. From theory u we suggest that we consider all these patterns and not get stuck on these patters. Developing your capabilities to access change and be more generative and reacting accordingly. PP: In education and health care they are trying to get rid of all kind of theories which are based on ideas. The buzz words in education theory is that it has to be evidence based. If you look at your theory and we saw a lot of your videos and also saw that you are doing a lot of action research. How does it feel to work in MIT which is not action oriented and your choice is action research? OS: We live in a scientific age where evidence is valued. What I would like to add is the evidence should be extended. It should not just be on certain reality of our own experience. Basically, all evidence is based on 3rd person observation, what we see going around in the world. Scharmer is here to extend the concept of evidence based social change by bending the beam of scientific observation back onto the observing self. By extending the realm that we consider when we look for evidence from outside to inside. So in order to include a more subtle domain of our own experience. Action research that I am trying to promote and coin is the discipline of awareness that brings you out to the world. The principle that you cannot understand the system until you participate to change the processes. In addition to 3rd person view, you also need to take into account the 1st and 2nd person perspective which, means taking the perspective of your deeper personal experience. 32