Title: Crafting knowing-sensitivity as an intercultural innovation skill: a practical knowledge and knowing approach

Authors: Patrícia Cristina Nascimento Souto


Abstract: The current conceptual article explores the crafting and refining of a foundational non-technical skill for intercultural innovation efforts, through a practice-based approach: the knowing-sensitivity. Knowing-sensitivity is a refined situational perception and judgement capacity necessary to get a maximum understanding of a situation, reach deeper insights, new forms of intelligibility, and new possibilities for action. It involves the capacity of seeing situations different configurations, potential and propensities, hidden meanings, silent changes, subtexts and interdependencies, and make creative connections that others do not or cannot, which is central to intercultural innovation interactions. The purpose is to explain a practice-based approach to craft knowing-sensitivity. Such approach re-educates our perceptive attention and judgment, decluttering, redirecting, and anchoring them in practical experience, beyond the sphere of intellection and the interference of our rigid, uncritical and simplifying clinging on generalisations, stereotypes, preconceptions, and dogmas. It enables us to see new possibilities, yet-unidentifiable and innovative combinations and responses.

Keywords: tacit knowledge; knowing; practical knowledge; awareness; innovation; perception; attention; skills.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTLID.2017.087424

International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 2017 Vol.9 No.3, pp.250 - 268

Received: 26 Jan 2017
Accepted: 26 Jan 2017

Published online: 15 Oct 2017 *

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