Some of the main attractions of this Forum for me are the ideas
about communities of practice and collaborative work environments
that inform the background of its ontological and semantic inquiries.
These ideas resonate with many themes that have driven my own questying
for as long as I can remember, from the ideas of Peirce and Royce about
communities of interpretation and inquiry, to continuing discussions of
what it means to be a critical thinker and a reflective practitioner
to ideas on the contemporary scene about learning organizations and
learning communities, to my own inquiries into the nature of agents,
communities, organisms, or systems that are capable of inquiry in
any way at all.
But I have an unfortunate tendency to get dragged down by picayune
details of logic and semiotics and such that makes me forget these
larger goals for long periods at a time.
So maybe it will help to drop a heading for collecting the odd thought
about these all-important, if rarely attended background motivations.