I meant to launch a sabbatical blog weeks ago, but as I started clicking, the first requirement was a title. I was dumbfounded. Titles usually come at the end of a process not the beginning. How could I name something I didn’t understand yet? I imagine using it beyond this sabbatical, and I struggled like my students typically do looking for something brief and apt. After a few weeks of pondering (one luxury of sabbatical) Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From offered ‘the adjacent possible’ which he, crediting scientist Stuart Hoffman, describes as:
A kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself (31).
Having always appreciated the possibilities of margins, edges, and boundaries, I start this space in the spirit of sabbatical reflection and reinvention. While a blog suggests monologue, I’d love some dialogue. Please. I’ll record sabbatical experiences to share w/in and beyond the SPA community. I hope they might suggest topics for discussion here and elsewhere. Thanks for visiting.