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Anne Knock

I figure that there’s no better time for deconstruction + reconstruction than during late stages of PhD study in a pandemic. I’ve been deep into complexity thinking about What is school? and challenging my taken for granted assumptions. Especially relevant in world that is characterised by uncertainty, unpredictability and change.

But, how can I not apply the same process to another significant part of my life. Faith. Not so much the existence of God (but, of course that needed to be on the table), but more around, What is an authentic faith-life in the 2020s?

For a year now, we…


The work I do with schools and other organisations usually focuses on change, whether it’s a small aspect of operation, or a new strategic direction. Leading is about change, and change causes pain. In my conversations with leaders there is frustration with resistance and negativity. But I encourage them to see this activism in perspective.

A couple of weeks ago Bill and I had our second Astra Zeneca jab. As soon as we were eligible, we lined up for the #1 and now 10 weeks later, #2. That’s because we are early adopters. Excited by innovation, I usually jump on…


The latest educational furore in my state is an example of the application of causal linear thinking in a complex world. A newish school in my city is known for pushing the boundaries of change and innovation. It’s tough and those frontline innovators remind me of the Far Side cartoon: “Bummer of a birthmark, Hal”

“Bummer of a birthmark, Hal” Gary Larson, Far Side

My comment here is not on the situation that is currently in the media. You can read it for yourself here: How pictures on BLM on a classroom ceiling ignited a storm

Rather it is questioning the linear thinking that when something flairs up, it…


It seems apt, the knock-on effect is described as something that causes other things to happen. These ‘other things’ can be expected or unexpected. The device known as Newton’s cradle offers a predictable knock-on effect. A ball swings in at one end, and something to do with momentum and energy causes the ball at the other end to swing out. It’s a metaphor for a simple cause and effect decision-making process, those actions that produce an anticipated outcome.

The knock-on effect can be both predictable and surprising.

Yet in other endeavours of life an action or decision can elicit unexpected outcomes. Getting fit is a good example of this…

Anne Knock

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