Philosophy for communities

Rosie Carnall, one of the 2018 Woodbrooke Eva Koch scholars, reflects on her research into an innovative method of working together

'Being willing to have our thinking challenged and to explore… what others mean is a wonderful opportunity.' | Photo: ILRI/David White / flickr CC.

To what extent is it OK to deceive to right wrongs?

A group of twelve people, many meeting each other for the first time, agree that this is the question they wish to discuss. I’m the facilitator for the process. So far as I’m aware, they’re all Quakers but, as an open invitation to join in was given to everyone currently staying at Woodbrooke, I can’t be certain.

The age range in the group is from around twenty to about seventy and we’ve gathered in a circle together. In some ways it looks a bit like a Meeting for Worship, and I have a similar sense of possibility, that anything could happen. But this is a philosophical enquiry. We’re entering into dialogue and discussion and using the Philosophy for Communities methodology.

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