Breathe in everything.
(…no one knows…)
Breathe out beauty.
Sharing at the final Living Systems Collaboratory session
I love collecting words and blending them together. Here’s a collection from Fritjof Capra’s talk on Systems Thinking: “Everything is a self-organised system”, “Thinking in relationships and patterns, not things”, “Cooperative Dance”.
Fritjof gave a brief intro on systems thinking as a blend of science, indigenous knowledge and arts, which was born in 1920 when biologists, psychologists, ecologists had a conversation.
That makes me wonder what would happen if more of such inter-disciplinary conversations would happen now? The power of conversations!
The main idea of the talk was about shifting from seeing parts to patterns. Because the whole is more than its parts.
One way to look at this idea is to see similarities between disciplines and projects, and such to develop a generalist’s mind who sees a big picture rather than a specialist narrow mindset.
On a meta level, all disciplines are the same. With 0oo project, we aim to showcase links between disciplines through a simple pattern for human cooperation. What is it? It’s as simple as Question, Idea, Project. Sounds so basic, right? A basic rhythm? 🙂
Life can be overwhelming in these digital times. But with a mental model of questioning, ideating and creating, life welcomes a natural creative flow into a routine.
I loved how F. Capra defines “mind as a process”. Here at 0oo we question, how can people from different cultures play a coherent (thinking) dance?
Like hundreds of people play a different instrument but together they are part of one concert, is it possible for inter-disciplinary collaborations?
“Mind is a process, not a Thing.
Mind is a mental activity.
The process of knowing is the process of Life.”Fritjof Capra
Sure it is if we remember a basic rhythm of Questions, Ideas and Projects. Moreover, what happens if we put this exercise into a technology interface?
More so, what happens if people are encouraged to develop a creative (networked) mind? Just click everywhere and explore, and you will see how the world is connected.
F. Capra looked at everything as a system with examples of cells being produced, repaired and regenerated by the Living Network.
Here, I imagine how 0oo community members would be looked after within the network. Overall, 0oo is a mutual human-to-human help system. We’ve thought of how a credit score (collected through online collaborations) going to minus indicates that a member needs someone to fund them, so that they get back to “balance”.
“Each cell is a cognitive system,” repeats Fritjof. I wonder what can we learn from cells? With SAME community, we explore how each member is like a cell part of a larger whole (a community).
But wait! It’s not about “parts” but “patterns”! So, I noticed how members’ interactions fuel the community. Dance of Life.
Obviously, I loved F. Capra comments on how social networks generate themselves, generate ideas and shape culture. That’s what we aim for with 0oo project, to be a space where culture shapes itself organically among world’s cultures and disciplines.
Ideas shaping culture relates so much with my work in general (KOKONO). I deeply believe that “human” is unique in its ability to create ideas and organise communities that shape our culture. (Have you read my Banana Break on that?) There’s space for everyone to ideate and create together!
Guess what, I asked F. Capra a question: “What conditions are needed to welcome Regeneration in Society?” He said “life itself is regenerative. Networks regenerate. Sustaining life equals regenerating life. Engaging with regenerative activities, i.e. understanding of Life as a Living System”.
“How does nature sustain Life? By creating communities and maintaining communities (bacterial colonies).”Fritjof Capra
Create and nurture communities. Be a web! “Be an octopus” ~ MUTANTU. 🙂
What is Regeneration? Carol is asking.. To me, a word “regeneration” sounds like “re-generate” and thus something that is continuing to live, on repeat. I imagine a sun shining, continuing to live, in its own cycles. Waves crashing, coming and going, in its own rhythms. Then regeneration in my life is about tuning into my own rhythm and purpose. And perhaps that’s what Regeneration means in general. Tuning into rhythm and purpose.
Regeneration happens when we Evolve Capacity for Essence Expression via Self-Actualization. We seek to evolve capacity not of the doing, but the ability to express what it is that makes each living entity itself in the capacity it needs to represent.Carol Sanford
I agree with Carol’s view on regeneration as in this quote above. That’s why I do what I do. But I want to add on top and in between a network as a layer. Through my life experimentation, I realised that collaboration, interaction, symbiosis is indeed essential for a meaningful life. And in fact interaction often (if not always) drives “capacity”.
Whole: we tend to fragment and see parts
Essence: essence is; you have essence that is revealed
Potential: comes from distinct opportunity for essence to express itself
Development: bringing more of 1, 2, 3
Nested: seeing dynamics of all worlds
Nodal: asking what’s the key intervention
Fields: energy fieldsCarol Sanford
How does “Whole Principle” apply to the idea of Symbiosis (as a metaphor for collaboration vs solo creation)? Perhaps true co-creation can only happen when all parts show up as wholes… Hmm!
What kind of education programme would not fragment but reveal “the whole”? To me, it sounds like self-directed lifelong learning, exploring freely and widely, and at the same time creating an ecosystem as “Personal Learning Network” that becomes a platform for projects’ birth.
Trimtab is a metaphor to be nodal and think where to intervene, by expressing their essence and such creating butterfly effects.Amanda Joy
If you had one shot, where would you shoot? I’m not sure. I think life is not one shot, but a dance of order and chaos, and shooting in many places increase a chance for more seeds. Also, mixing different disciplines breed new ideas. I’d rephrase this as “After you’re shooting everywhere while creating your ecosystem, where do you zoom in?” which is about a process of exploring widely and then zooming into specific projects for impact. Maybe that.
Whole is not the same as its parts. But if you don’t categorise, you can’t manage it all. Nothing is differentiated from itself. The world of big data. So you make generic categories. But this leads to our inability to see potential. If you say problem solving, that means you’re working with fragments and not wholes. See how our language reveals our thinking?Carol Sanford
Well, here, let me reflect on 0oo project as it is a Mission at this Trimtab Spacecamp.
Yes, indeed, our language reveals our thinking. 0oo is a collection of thoughts by world’s humans. Everyone is encouraged to write clearly, so that people from diverse cultures and disciplines can understand each other. More so, each research question, idea or a project can be discussed, so that clarity is reached at all levels in the journey of bringing new ideas to the world. 0oo also facilitates multi-cultural understanding through machine and human translations. Whatever you share (questions, ideas, projects, comments) on 0oo, it’s automatically translated from English to Chinese, Japanese, Lithuanian, Russian and Earth Language (symbols). People can edit translations for more accuracy by simply clicking “edit”.
0oo helps everyone to work with individual wholes and collective wholes. Simply enter a journey of expressing your essence while sharing questions that spark your curiosity, collecting ideas from your mind and the crowd, and seeing projects unfold that turn your essence into fruits.
0oo helps people to navigate information overload while focusing on general categories that summarise the world’s processes – Questions, Ideas, Projects. There are more general categories, if you’re feeling geeky!
To sum up, all humans could express their essence and benefit the individual and collective whole, in a living networked system, which is natural. This living system is not a current “work” or “business” environment. 0oo proposes Internet as a living system for this whole-essence-actualisation to happen.
It seems to me, “think nodally” is about the key obstacle as in design sprint. Or like a fractal thing, a min. effort. A trimtab, right.
So here 0oo offers a “nodal moment” for everyone. The min.intervention is your commentary about questions that matter to you. And you can make that comment straight away. 🙂
I described my definition of Regeneration at the start of this post. To me, regeneration it seems to be about everyone tuning into their rhythm and purpose.
But more so, 0oo helps all humans tune into one rhythm like a heartbeat. Simply, by sharing Questions, Ideas, Projects (see the rhythm?) and involving into a commentary about that. Whatever is purposeful to you, you can find it on 0oo. If it isn’t there yet, it’s your purpose to start a conversation about it.
“Question Your Methods”Carol Sanford
I’ll finish up with Carol’s comment on motivation (“We come with motivation, and we seek motives to connect to”). During her talk she repeated “Interact with your own mind”, so I invite you, my reader, to do just that, to interact with your own mind and phrase a question that troubles your sleep.
Symbiosis to me is a co-creation process between humans but also a deep sense of connection with all living world. We’re part of nature. I am. We are.
This film makes me think differently! I previously noticed that everything around me and inside me is alive. But now, a deeper dimension has been added. Like a feeling of being home. Like a feeling of being heard. Like a feeling of listening and noticing. Like a feeling of being together. Evolving together. I have this quote from the movie on my desk “What is Life? A process! Life creates more life. A live thinking planet. Life on Earth regulates its environment. Environment modules Beings, and Beings module Environment”. Like a dance of interactions. Really easy way to live! I mean, really. Just interactions. A natural way of being.
I loved seeing the world through the micro lens so much. “Cell makes more life. Cell as a community.” It made me think, how would we live if we see a “Human as a Community” and “Humanity as Organism”? Hearing that 3 events during evolution sparked all species on Earth from 4 bacterias was a WOW moment. Where do we go from there? Because life is a process, it keeps evolving. So what’s next?
Also I could not believe how some ideas that are in textbooks are not true. Why we believe that genes define our lives (the movie says it’s a Cell that runs the show)? Why we believe that everything is dead (and not a living process=Life)? Why we believe in selfish genes (and not Interdependence and evolving together)? The point on Thought Collectives and how scientific facts change based on culture and that many theories used are Metaphors, not Facts make me say LOL. What else can I say. Overall, I loved the approach in the movie on “I had to change my world-view” and “truth doesn’t exist”. And how a film maker followed a rabbit-hole, questions, interviews, puzzles, trying to create a new world-view for himself and showing this process in the movie. My style!
Finally, I loved the example of some beings go through transformation twice – like a caterpillar and the larva in the sea. It shows how little we know about evolution and how much is there to explore.
I’m already integrating the learnings into my creative process. How I create my project MUTANTU is a dance of interactions (like this movie, like collabrarians, like my notes on stickies adding on top of each other). I’m thinking, how could any of my projects be part of larger ecosystems? And how each of my projects could connect with other projects of mine and others? I call it eco-thinking!
One of my new habits I’m seeing evolving is, I often question “what is the easiest way for me to move forward with a project or a seed?” Often the answer is in the conversation, a call, an email, a question described on 0oo.li, a feedback loop, a reflection. Like life is a process creating more life, I see how thoughts are a process creating more thoughts that eventually get composted or turn into projects. Overall, the more feedback loops, the faster the project evolves. Idea ping pongs, that’s how I call it. I also encourage people in my ecosystem to make something, showcase it for feedback. Ping-pong. Ping-pong. Ping-pong.
If bacteria are community-forming organisms, then what can humans learn from bacterias, so that humanity acts as one organism?
Like blue-greens capture energy to make food, humans (can) capture creative energy to make ideas and projects that shape our culture.
What environment bacterias need? And humans?
Then, like waste is food, ideas are food.
Also, if each body part has different (stable) populations of bacterias, how does that apply to a human-made world run by human creativity?
Interesting view on linear and non-linear world. I haven’t thought about such a separation (“linear” and “non-linear”) before, I even did not think about such names before. And here I wonder if this separation is necessary? Or perhaps the root cause is an imbalance between linear and non-linear thinking? Between masculine and feminine? Between logical and creative? I like the idea of co-existence striving for existence for all types of being. I think that these days we’re overusing the logical thinking, but perhaps that mixed with a creative logic would play a nice symphony?
Overall, from the talk, I love the idea of Earth as a cognitive system! I imagine it breathing through winds, and it totally shapes perspective. I’m curious about the minimum effort as a natural way of being too. In my work, I explore an idea of how humans go through personal transformation and shift their thinking from linear to non-linear, in particular, from destructive to caring. I love the idea of self-healing living system which a human body is! Here I would add and say not “a brain as a hub” but “a brain-heart-gut as a hub”. Especially, the bacterias in our gut. The deep universes yet to be discovered! And hey, what is the role of bacterias in this paradigm shift?
In the talk was also said that “Universe is made of energy” – in my work, I use this as a metaphor that Universe is a comic character. Going back to Masoor’s writings where he talks about Earth achieving its selfawareness goal and human being part of this process now, I wonder, what about beyond Earth, what about the Universe itself? The Universe as energy and its higher goal to survive? ..
Overall, coming back to the talk itself, I love seeing relationships and values in linear and non-linear thinking. That’s what I’m also exploring through my storyline (my project is a comic book!). I wonder, is this list completed? What other values and relationships of nonlinear world we could add to this list?
I’m still amazed how a human, being an example of a living system, is behaving the opposite to other systems. Masoor says it’s because we’re stuck in a linear perception mode. But I creatively think that the Earth made humans as an experiment, as an error, and we turned out to be not so smart, just an average, so here we’re – a species worth laughing about!
ha, i believe
in a single human
Being a participant.
Senelis rašė apie kaimą ir miesto pinkles. O aš užsirašiau į kursus. Kaimas mieste.
How would nature design a Community as MVP? 3+1.
How does nature pause?
How does nature organise space?
If I agree that nature is an inspiration, how does it apply to human life? I think human beings differ from other beings in their imagination and follow up activity. Imagination is sparked by our experiences. Explore more. Then create. Solo. Together. Co-create for the Earth. What I’m not sure about is Solo. Does solo creation happen before (if we are always shaped by experiences..)? Or can we co-create straight away? How would co-diary work? Co-creation is a most meaningful way to be, so why not allow it to be?
Preservation matters before disasters.
We are all animals. Similar needs.
Roots hold space. But buds navigate.
One zero is complete. But two zeros are infinity. But infinity can have an infinite number of zeros.
Viskas kinta. Tik skirtingais greičiais.
Everything is in flux. But at the different rate.
Co-existence is never fulfilled solo. Because links is what create belonging. Just being. Just give. Balance it with just ask.
If I were to pick one thing from the natural world, it’d be diversity. Snails are slow. Eagles sharp. Seals wet.
And humans vary too!
I’m only learning to accept a sea of personalities, abilities and strengths.
A cell is both, an individual and a part of an arm. And of the body.
Same with humans. We’re on our own but also a part of something bigger by default. A part of a human species. And of a planet Earth. And of the solar system. And of the universe.
And what’s awareness then? Maybe realising which role to play when. Different needs matter then.