When we are convinced of something, we believe it. But when we believe something, we may not have been convinced. That is, we do not come by all our beliefs through conscious acts of deliberation. It’s a good thing, too, for if we examined the beliefs underlying our every action we wouldn’t get anything done.
When we design or evaluate programs, however, the beliefs underlying these actions do merit close examination. They are our rationale, our foothold in the invisible; they are what endow our struggle to change the world with possibility. Continue reading