A simple human interaction can be a rich lesson. I started the Exchange Project in 2010 as a unstructured and on-going exploration into informal education and tacit forms of knowing.
Each chapter of the project emerges from casual dialogue with people I
encounter, where conversation about some particular knowledge or skill
we each possess opens up. The chapters may explore knowledge
derived from personal experiences, observations, insights, intuition,
information passed-down from previous generations, or habits particular
to one’s life circumstances. My encounters then develop into
'lessons' and sharing of personal values around the particular
knowledge or skill.
I look at this project not just in the context of individual or
community-specific forms of knowing, but as well as a person’s chosen
form of self-presentation. It has become a window for me to see how the
people I encounter identify themselves despite career titles, and what
they think others may have overlooked about them. Through spending time
in dialogue and in performing the exchanges, my objective is to
understand the underlying framework of how one
The exchange on my part differs from chapter to chapter, based on the specific interaction with my subject.