Using a second order cybernetic approach Dr Diane Spencer-Scarr has developed an understanding of the complex relationship between human and digital networked technology, which she refers to as digital-engagement. In addition to her writing and speaking engagements, Diane has recently completed a research contract with the Australasian College of Road Safety. The project was part of the Australian government National Careers Institute Partnership Grants program. The objective was to develop an understanding of why women were not sufficiently represented in the road safety industry. The research involved mixed methods and was conducted in collaboration with Monash University. The outcome of the research can be viewed here Institute.Prior to that Diane ran Professional Development and conducted research on transitioning the Alpha generation to the workforce, for students at the prestigious St Andrew’s College within the University of Sydney.
Diane has taken on a new challenge in her recreation time. She is developing creativity workshops to aid retirees, and those contemplating retirement to release their creativity. These are not simply ‘art or music classes’ they are underpinned by the theories of second order cybernetic and the extensive work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who wrote Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. The purpose of these workshops is to guide people who have spent a lifetime of logic and rational thought processes to experience the freedom of self expression.About Diane
Life is about learning
Diane is passionate about the concept of life long learning and the continued growth and development of the individual. As such she continues to research and develop her ideas and views this process as a constantly evolving and changing landscape. Like many researchers there is more to Diane than meets the eye and as such her research covers a wide variety of topics and areas of interest.View Research
A long time ago, half a world away, Diane was heavily involved in theater. It should therefore come as no surprise that engaging with the public to share her research is very much a part of her “joie de vivre”. After all it is through interacting with others that we can best shape and grow our ideas.View Events
How can you help yourself?
In order to help others build their awareness of digital-engagement Diane offers a variety of resources. From helpful tips and reflective insights through to eBooks. There are opportunities for anyone to take charge of their relationship with technology and embrace all that the future has to hold.View Resources