Viewing expertise spaciously

When expertise is viewed as a persistent object, it appears to be located in credentialed experts and their expert conduct. There are no questions in use that could locate the expertise differently or view expertise more complexly. When expertise is viewed spaciously, there are many questions and processes that come into play. Here are four for your consideration.

  1. If the expertise we're receiving comes at a bad time (in the context of each of us having a life to live), is that legitimate expertise? (Question of timing)
  2. If the expert comes across as unapproachable and closed minded, is that an actual expert? (Question of relating)
  3. If the expert's response to a need for expertise works against how our minds assimilate and utilize expertise, where is the effective expertise located? (Question of collaborating)
  4. If the expert system assumes a problem created by that system can be fixed by more of the same expertise, how can that system be upgraded? (Question of diagnosing and changing systems)

These questions help us discern how expertise seen as a persistent object makes something out of nothing. A view of persistent objects disregards these questions (and many others) to maintain its entrenched power. The spaciousness of further questions, wonder and mysteries gets shut down. There's nothing to process while the routine procedures call for compliance. Decisions can be made fearfully, rather than comprehensively.

When we view expertise spaciously, its location is complex and constantly changing. There is often expertise in the lives which define good timing. There is expertise in being able to reach out, empathize and relate to those without credentialed expertise. There is always expertise in the ways our minds function which invite us to work with those dynamics effectively. There can be expertise to challenge and change expert systems which are creating problems and perpetuating misdiagnoses. With so many possible locations for expertise, it appears we are really moving around between conceptual and perceptual spaces which give rise to further questions to explore with a vast array of effective processes. Expertise is much better located in this spacious questioning than in credentials, stances or persistent objects.


  1. Related to this is expertise that may be relevant for the future (access to expertise) that perhaps is not available when needed. Your post fits well with the idea of partaged knowledge I currently am developing. I'll have something hopefully in the next few weeks that will address many of the issues you bring up.

  2. Having got caught up on reading your blog this morning, I got inspired to write a follow-up post to this: Valuing others' expertise spaciously.

    I'm looking forward to your further formulations on partaged knowledge. (My take on the French verb partager equates with the English verb "to apportion" or "to divvy up" what is being shared)

    Good luck with completing your Doctorate program! Valuing your genius:-)