Here is Closer To Truth‘s interview with Stuart Kauffman about ”Is Emergence Fundamental?”
Stuart Kauffman says among other things that (my emphasis in bold):
Reason is an insufficient guide for living your life. It means we need reason, emotion, intuition, sensation, metaphor. … Life is much richer than we thought.1
The biosphere is creating its own future possibilities of becoming. … That’s not in Darwin. … It’s a radical emergence. … We couldn’t prestate it. … We don’t know how it happened. … It changed the course of evolution.2
Here is Jeffrey Mishlove’s interview with David Whyte
on the preservation of the soul, waking up, and saving our lives.
LOST Stand still. The trees ahead and bushed beside you Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here. And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen It answers, I have made this place around you, If you leave it you may come back again, saying Here. No two trees are the same to Raven. No two branches are the same to Wren. If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you, You are truly lost. Stand still. The forest knows Where you are. You must let it find you.
—Native American elder
(Poem rendered into modern English by David Wagoner)
Here is a seminar on The Ecology of Perception and Language with David Abram.1 He is author of two books – Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology and The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World – and is best known for his work bridging phenomenology with ecology.
Here is a conversation between Evita Ochel and Friedemann Schaub about fear and anxiety, how these manifest in our lives, and how to use the subconscious mind to heal them. Friedemann Schaub is author of the book The Fear & Anxiety Solution. Here are also some guided meditations from the book on Sounds True.
In generous listening you don’t even listen in order to understand why the other person feels the way they do. It doesn’t matter. What matters is what’s true for this person, and you simply receive it and respect it. And in that safe interaction something can happen which is larger than before. And that’s all you need. You already are enough. You are enough.
— Rachel Naomi Remen
When we are present in our work as human beings, when we are connected to the lives around us, and the stories around us, the work itself will sustain you, and inspire you, and even heal you.
— Rachel Naomi Remen
Notes: Keeping Your Heart Alive: Rachel Naomi Remen talks about the importance of connecting to your heart in healthcare.
Inner bonding is a process developed by Margaret Paul and Erika Chopich for connecting our adult thoughts with the feelings of our inner child, so that we can reduce the inner conflict within ourselves. Here is a video where Margaret Paul describes the six steps of inner bonding:
Focus on being connected, always learning, fully aware and super present. In this talk Joi Ito, the head of the MIT Media Lab, shares an approach to creating in the moment. Build quickly and improve constantly, without waiting for permission or proof that you have the right idea. It starts, he says, with being open and alert to what’s going on around you right now.
Joi Ito outlines three principles for bottom-up innovation:
Pull over Push: Seek the resources you need when you need it.
Learning over Education: Learning is what you do. Education is what others do to you.
Compass over Maps: You can’t map out everything. If you know the direction, a compass helps.
Anthony Blake has written a book on The Supreme Art of Dialogue: Structures of Meaning where he explores meaning-making and how to unlock the possibilities of dialogue from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Here is a talk by him on the the same subject at the Art for Business Forum in Milan November 2012. And here is an interview with him in conjunction with the Forum where he lists the following critical aspects of dialogue:
People are invited into the dialogue and take part voluntarily. They must decide for themselves whether it is worthwhile.
People sit in a circle – which is both symbolic, because it makes everyone equal in status, and efficient, because it enables everyone to be seen and heard.
The session has a defined beginning and end which is kept to rigorously and no one leaves or enters during this time.
Any other activity than speaking is discouraged.
Common courtesy of not interrupting, etc. is presumed.
People speak clearly to be heard and not at excessive length.
Very often people want to impose the things they are used to, such as having a leader, setting an agenda or following a defined methodology. These must be resisted.
The number of participants is critical. The larger the number of people the better, because this makes diversity more probable, but they must also be heard and have time to speak. 15-20 people seem to be optimum.
Dialogue depends on equality, autonomy and freedom of speech. Therefore a dialogue group within an organisation has to be carefully composed.
The causes of much of what happens in our lives lie far deeper than we imagine. The Soul Biographies by Nic Askew look beneath the surface of our lives, work and society at an unusual depth. And in doing so, the films open our eyes wide to what people and organizations might become.
”Meaning is created through a craft approach to life.”
— Alan Moore
Here is the story about the transformation of Gränsfors Bruk into an innovative, sustainable, and lightweight company. It’s a story of transforming a company from a mass production-style manufacturer, to a small scale, high quality shop with skilled, dedicated, and engaged co-workers. It’s a story about another way of doing business based on values that manifest themselves in the whole company and its products. It’s a story which gives hope for small scale, sustainable ways of running businesses. It’s a story of craftsmanship.