The name ‘One, No One and One Hundred Thousand’ is inspired by a famous italian novel in which a character becomes aware that there are many versions of himself, and has a sort of existential freakout. Gioel is experimenting with it as a PhD field note technique.
With this technique you are trying to reflect about your role and positionality in the research process. How do I see the world? How do I perceive the experiences I am having?
This exercise reminds you that there is not one single reality.
Data Collection, Data Analysis
Think of a friend, family member, colleague or co-participant
Write a line or two about who they are. (e.g. Laura is 30 and she is British. She works at Youth Business International in London. We are colleagues, but we also became good friends in the process.)
Write your letter
Make sure to write down the date, time, and place of the story you are about to tell .
Be specific about the facts, numbers, and details of what happens in your story
Write about your sensory experience (What did you see, hear, feel, smell, taste?)
Comment on your perception, keeping in mind your are writing to your friend - as a target audience.
For it to be useful, it should be done regularly. If you systematically write letters, you can use the material of the letters as data.
This reflection can help you think of an ethical situation with different eyes, and different perspectives. Why was it ethically challenging? What are you thinking of doing?
Try to write the letter as soon as you are done with an experience. You will forget lots of important details if you don’t write them right away! If you cannot write the letter right away, jotting down brief words or phrases while at the field site will help you remember more details.
Pick 3 people that you respect, ideally from diverse background in terms of age, gender, origin, etc).
Notice the different tone and language you use to share the story. How do you expect them to respond to the situation?
This reflection should help you think of the ethical situation with different eyes, and different perspectives. Why was it ethically challenging? What are you thinking of doing?
Here is where the technique is being piloted: https://gioelgio.wordpress.com/
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