What a fantastic name for a workshop, David. I can totally see why this would resonate. I'm actually surprised the title was approved😅. I once read an academic article called "Bullshit in Nursing" of which there is a lot, believe me. My strategy for navigating bullshit in my workplace (I work in a hospital and an academic institution teaching nursing), is to work as a casual nurse and casual instructor. This way I can stay clear of the day to day bullshit that is a mile deep in both of these workplaces. When I first started working in nursing I was shocked at how deep the bullshit goes. I think it's gotta be one of the worst offenders. But that's just my humble opinion. I've been wrestling with it my entire career and it has become so odious that I've looked for a way to find a voice in the private sphere. We'll see how it all goes. I'm still building my writing and communication skills so I can be on the right side of your continuum in the "Dialogue" zone, or at least participate in a skillful discussion about it all. Then perhaps I will be in a position to call out the bullshit that I've seen. Thanks for a great article🙏. I'll be reading some of the essays you mentioned since this is a topic that fascinates me.

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Thanks for the note Charity - I'm wondering if the article you read was:

Contandriopoulos, D. (2019). About academic bullshit in nursing. Nursing Inquiry, 26(1) ?

Damien was a Canada Research Chair with the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). Pretty sure he's still at UVic.

And, indeed, I feel similar - the bullshit deepens regularly. Been posting on LinkedIn this week about much of the Bullshit connected to DEI initiatives - especially when they gloss over and try to blend in the reality (and rights) of Indigenous peoples and communities.

Just pulling together a new issue of Box Cutter, with some continued focus on the idea of 'Authenticity' - esp. when taking on challenging subjects on social media and in the Creator Economy. It doesn't have to be all roses, unicorns and beautiful sunsets - but that does come at a 'cost' to "gaining followers" etc. ;)

Also thinking through some more articles (maybe guides) going deeper into 'calling' bullshit - as there are power dynamics there (esp. in hierarchical orgs) that often require some delicate dancing.

Appreciate the comment. 🙌

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yes, that's the paper I read. It's been a while since I read it but it had an impact on me. I think guides would be helpful as the power dynamics you mentioned make calling out bullshit a tricky affair at best. From what I can see, most nurses and teachers say very little about what they are actually struggling with. When they do, the hammer of denial (with the tendency to cite even more "bullshit") often comes down pretty fast.

Thanks for your article, David! Looking forward to more😊

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