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Cell biology, human development, organizational theory, love, - and HANDWORK?


I want to share one of my favorite thoughts with you, as we handwork teachers enter new and un-chosen territory: teaching online as – almost – a way of life.

In one of my forays into academia, in a seminar on systems thinking, I had to read and reflect on an undergraduate text on cell biology. Surprise! (Systems thinking is a discipline which investigates how everything is inter-connected; and the microcosm reflects the macrocosm).

The ideas presented by Chilean cell biologists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela have become key to my approach to pretty much everything since then – including my approach to mentoring teachers, and embracing all those unwelcome, distressing, and uncomfortable changes we have had to make in the last few months.

In a nutshell, what they say applies to any living organism: a cell, a human being, a group or organization of human beings (in our case, this could be a school), and even a ‘movement’ (I would apply this to the Waldorf movement in general, this may be controversial).