Organizing retrospective 7

This is a post in my series on organizing “between and beyond.” Other posts are here. This is a retrospective of what has happened during the week. The purpose is to reflect on the journey itself. Here is my previous retrospective. Here is my next retrospective.

What has happened since the start? What needs to be done?
I have written two posts this week. Here is one post on meaning as being, and here is the other on free flow of meaning. edited by Paavo Pylkkänen. Both posts are based on Arleta Griffor’s essays in The Search for Meaning edited by Paavo Pylkkänen. Arleta Griffor writes about the self-organizing nature of meaning and how to deal with misinformation, among other things. Free flow of meaning is, actually, a way to deal with misinformation. She has a deep and extensive knowledge of David Bohm’s philosophy.

I have also started to write a review of The Systems View of Life: A Unified Vision by Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi, but I need more time to finish the review. The book has 500 pages.

  • I will continue my work on the book review next week.

What was good? What can be improved?
Simon Robinson continues to provide helpful comments:

(1) Here is Simon’s comment on my review of Mind, Matter and the Implicate Order last week. Simon writes that “… the fact that Bohm had a phenomenological sensitivity really marks him out against those theories which do not differentiate between the phenomenological and the empirical. … When I take business executives into the phenomenological, we explore the structure of experience from a phenomenological perspective as well as the empirical, and this is where I think we can have a really interesting discussion about ”order” and ”structure”. … for me ”seeing” and ”thinking” are intimately related. Plunging into the phenomenological way of seeing changes our thinking, and an expansion of ”heart consciousness” (it will remain undefined) can also be experienced. There is no internal – external difference for me, we are moving into a non-dualistic consciousness.”

(2) And here is also Simon Robinson’s article An Instance Worth a Thousand Bearing All Within Itself where Simon shares his insights from one of Henri Bortoft’s Schumacher College lectures on the phenomenological approach.

  • I wish I could spend more time on this work than I actually can.

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Jan Höglund has over 35 years of experience in different roles as engineer, manager, consultant, and researcher. This is his personal blog where he shares his reading and learning.

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  1. Henri always emphasised that people needed to know that anyone could do phenomenology. It did not have to be an esoteric academic pursuit using impenetrable jargon. The trick was not to get lost in theoretical explanations, but to do phenomenological work, and by this Henri meant going upstream away from an analysis of “what” is seen and moving into “the seeing of what is seen”. When we become aware of the “coming-into-being” of phenomena, it helps us contemplate what is out there, really out there, and what we are constructing mentally. This has always helped me when thinking about other people’s models and frameworks – is the framework artificial and created not by a deep contemplation of the phenomena, or does the framework actually point us to an interesting insight, because it is alerting us to something interesting that is really there and which we can explore.

    1. This is key in my search for organizing orders: “… is the framework artificial … or does the framework actually point us to an interesting insight …”

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