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Sextant

noun

an instrument with a graduated arc of 60o and a sighting mechanism, used for measuring the angular distance between objects and especially for taking altitudes in navigation and surveying

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The sextant was used to navigate ships through charted and uncharted waters from the 1700's onwards. It measures the angle a heavenly body makes with the visible horizon, and derives its name from the arc at the bottom which is one sixth of a circle. The principles of a sextant are easy to master but its use requires skill and experience.

why does Livingstones use the sextant metaphor?

  • taking reference from two or more points of view (listening & understanding)
  • establishing & verifying factual data (reporting & recording)
  • navigating a safe course (planning & implementing)