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Looking backwards - looking forwards

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 21 April 2002



Looking backwards - looking forwards
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Posted DateSunday 21 April 2002 16:15 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
CategoriesBehavior; Future
PeopleSheila Moorcroft, Peter Lewis Jones 

Peter Lewis Jones recently e-mailed me to comment on an item in my recent Knowledge-Letter by Sheila Moorcroft on the usefulness of looking-back. Here are his comments:

An interesting short piece.

I have worked with groups on occasion and asked them to look back and then forward: Backwards - to consider what behaviours and attitudes seemed appropriate 10/20 years ago but are not acceptable when we look back at them in 2002 - smoking in the office and sexual/racial discrimination are two obvious examples.

Forwards - to consider what behaviours and attitudes that are acceptable in 2002 might be regarded as totally unacceptable if we were sitting in 2022 and looking back at them. Now that can be an interesting list. And if we think they will unacceptable in 2022, why are they OK now?


Reminded me of a documentary I watched on Friday about the sinking of the Titanic - it seems the bodies of first class passengers were put in coffins while others were put in linen bags. That would cause outrage today. A lot has changed in 90 years.

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