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Chapter EIGHT. In Situ

The setting for the actual workshop is a matter of intimacy and the right accessories to facilitate the kind of exchanges needed for the workshop to work. The larger setting for a workshop is another matter. Some workshops take place in people's homes or in work settings during or after work. Here the settings are what they are. But for larger, national or international workshops, the setting for the whole workshop can make an interesting difference, and the larger venue allows for more variation and different activities than just a workshop.

Creating a good workshop setting is akin to creating a culture—or subculture, if you want to be pedantic about it. What makes up a culture? A culture is shared, socially learned knowledge and patterns of behavior. Knowledge includes symbols, norms concerning behavior in context, values, classifications of reality or a metaphysics, and worldviews. Patterns of behavior include rituals, manners, and defined individual roles.


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