Embracing failure

"How would I put someone in touch with these tools? At the moment, they're not well-documented, which is the purpose of surveys. Happens in the context of a project, and then disappears. One of key issues? How to keep these tools from being lost after the project dies? Video tools can last if it gets published formally, i.e. in broadcast." (Ex 2, 1c-B)

"End-of-grant reports deemphasize "what went wrong" -- it might be better if one were rewarded for frankness in this area of self-evaluation. Qualitative social-sciences have a greater tendency to engage in critique. Could be a value in intervention before one gets too far along in a project" (Ex 5, 1b-C)

"why doesn't Mellon post the projects that did not succeed? That would enforce some accountability, and enrich proposals by allowing them to learn what didn't work ... nothing to be ashamed of ... digital disaster. If you come to a dead end it'll help others to not go in an unproductive direction. Accounting is a really rich term for describing this process: being accountable and responsible for the results of work. Peer-review is a way of discovering flaws. Critique. Public response. Open academy to admission of "incomplete knowledge" -- invite help" (Ex 5, 1b-C)

"Confessing stupidity = identifying places where learning about error can enrich the process of research, enables constructive forward movement ... discovering through trial and error" (Ex 5, 1b-C)

"Things that didn't work and failed would be a very rich resource." (Ex 6b, 1a-G)

""journal of digital failures" (john unsworth) we're not good at sharing our failures. wiki called "dirt", at library, good first step in that direction." (Ex 6b, 1d-D)

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