Build-A-Basho is an e-tivity (link) structured in the form of a short group assignment. Paragogues go through an interactive process in which they learn how to assemble a Basho of their choice tailored to their own group preferences.

Build-A-Basho will show you how to create a 'calibrator', a simple method of establishing how you will work in a group (your Basho).

You will create your calibrator using Miro e-Whiteboard


Nishida, K. (2012). Basho. Place and Dialectic: Two Essays. A. A. o. Religion. New York, Oxford

University Press. Salmon, G. (2013). E-tivities the key to active online learning. New York, New York : Routledge.

What is Basho?

Let's start by examining a key term - Basho - how it is used in organisational settings?

You should be able to formulate your own responses to this question to some extent by the end of this first workshop since you will gain direct experience of what being part of a Basho involves.

Basho 場所

Nonaka’s and Takeuchi’s practical adaptation of ‘Nishida philosophy’ - their SECI model of organisational knowledge creation - proposes everything is implaced within a "ba" (field). Such Ba can be physical or conceptual. We can think of the basho as a shifting context (such as being a student in a University) or set of moving constraints (like the rules of a game). Either way, what we do / what we are is something implaced within a larger field. When it comes to learning, a key thing here is to think less not only about how and where we implace ourselves, but equally about what sort of field we are generating. Ba/sho is akin to a habitat; habits develop in relation to specific habitats. If we want to change our habits, we need to also change our habitat. In ‘Nishida philosophy’ subject and object are one, people and environment correlate: