Circulations

Reflections from the student forum at Capra Course:

Wellbeing as a network of diverse resources & a circulation of resources. Circulation is important part!

RE organisations, I’m thinking lately about organisations as communities, where community is a network of diverse relationships indeed. I also wonder, how this systemic view can be applied in business education, that is, starting with an idea that a business is a community, always changing, fuelled by (diverse) relationships. (This almost goes the opposite to traditional (static) approach of “business strategy”).

In both of these areas, wellbeing of our bodies/minds/spirits and wellbeing of organisations, what seems to be common is circulation of resources, a flow of interactions. When I started learning about systems thinking this year, I observed that the main idea about systems is indeed interactions (links), rather than parts (topics). … Here, valuing conversations, too. Because every interaction disturbs the network in an unexpected way!

Flowers

Reflections from students forum at Capra Course:

Un-learning is a big part in learning – like composting to make space for fresh flowers! 

How to trigger students to own their learning? I have been thinking about motivation lately. How to help people reconnect with their motivation? In learning and in life. To me, reconnecting with motivation is in fact reconnecting with curiosity which is about activities of exploring, filling oneself with lots of different things. I like some old saying that “personality is someting we partly discover and partly create”. I believe same goes with learning: we partly are motivated from within, and partly motivated by the environmental triggers.

Wholes

Spontaneous emergence of new forms of order. When the energy of the flow increases, it may happen that the system as a whole encounters a point of instability, known technically as a “bifurcation point,” where it can branch off, or “bifurcate,” into an entirely new state. (Section 8.2)

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What conditions are needed for emergence? Any general patterns here?

Memes

Enough Disturbances in an Open System (that we all are) create Break-Throughs (emergence to a new order) instead of Break-Downs.

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How might we spark innovative ecosystems?

If all living systems are creative and nature favours novelty … how might we spark this meme in society where popular memes say – being creative is going “against the grain” and “hard work” is praised – while in nature, minimum effort and fluidity takes the lead?

Learning Systems

All living systems are learning systems;

Life as a pattern of relationships; a self-generating network within a boundary of its own making; membrane is always active as a boundary, always opens and closes; life as metabolic networks: flow;

The more fluctuation, the more flexible system is; pattern is stable, structure changes (structural coupling); only disturb people, not direct;

Every interaction with the environment causes structural changes within the system

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Hmm..

Can a system have no boundary?

What’s a healthy level of fluctuation?

What exactly happens when a system interacts with the environment? What are these structural changes?

I wonder..

The future of education: learners realising they’re learning systems already, the role of teachers as feedback loops. What disturbances are worthy in learning environments? 

How could a self-directed learning be the future of education? Seeing our bodies+minds as a learning system, where our knowledge graph changes based on interaction with environment, new neurons in the brain grow when we learn.