I’ve been a part of the Ashridge doctorate since it’s introduction in 2007. I completed my own doctorate in 2011 and then joined the faculty, later becoming academic director of the program. Today, as I return to a faculty supervisory role, working with participants and experimenting with artful, visual methods, I continue to spread the message about a remarkable challenge for participants and faculty alike.
The essence of the program is hard to name; we all feel it but finding a label seems inappropriate, especially if it were to be described conventional academic terms. When asked to contribute to an Ashridge conference on ‘Innovative Pedagogy’, I knew we had something to say but it was also something that a Powerpoint-based ‘conference’ presentation would never be able to express.
So, as an alternative response, I made a short film to inquire into what it is to work with ‘Doctoral Magic…
(Turn the lights down, select full screen and offer high quality attention…)