Prof. Jack Whitehead’s latest book entitled ‘Living Theory As A Way Of Life’ has a neat summary on the back-cover. I have copied it here for you:
Living-Theory researchers are seeking to generate their own individual theory-living. A living-theory focuses on how people can fulfil their responsibility to live as fully as possible the values that give their lives and work meaning and purpose and that contribute to the flourishing of humanity and their own development. The importance of researching one’s own practice to improve it is highlighted in terms of sharing and creating the individual’s values-based explanations for their educational influences in their own learning, in the learning of others and in the learning of the social formations that they are part of, and that influence their practice and understandings. Each individual uses their methodological inventiveness to generate their own living-theory methodology in generate the of their own living-theory.
The importance of clarifying and communicating, as explanatory principles, the meanings of embodied expressions of the individuals ontological and relational values is focused on exploring the implications of asking, researching and answering questions of the type: ‘How do I improve what I am doing? The explanations of educational influences in learning includes insights from theories that analyse the sociohistorical and sociocultural influences in the practice and understandings of the self-study researcher.
Let me explain what this means for me. In essence, this means that I am seeking to generate new knowledge to help me as a change coach (professionally) and then because being authentic is seen by me (and many others that work in genuine change) as important, I am also seeking to create new knowledge that will help me to live more authentically. The reason that I am doing that is I hope to become better at my work, and more authentic as a whole person.
Jack Whitehead has a fab introductory short film here if you are interested: https://youtu.be/VoCwS89m1jo