Monthly Archives: November 2011

Weaving the Ideas of Mary Catherine Bateson, Hartmut Rosa, Robert Kegan, and Cities as Forces for Good, into a Grand Challenge for Retirees to Save the Future

Weaving all these ideas together allows me to become very hopeful. In these “accelerating, alienating times”, (Hartmut Rosa) a key role is set aside for those who succeed in retiring from this hectic life. By “living longer, thinking longer” they can greatly contribute to help Humanity transition to a new civilization (Mary Catherine Bateson). They are uniquely qualified to fulfill the demands that Post-Modernist confront us with “demands on our minds that need to rise to a higher level, demands on exploring further how we know, in the complexity of our Consciousness” (Robert Kegan). Continue reading

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Sustainability: An Essentially Contested Concept? Against Consensus? What’s The Benefit to Mankind of Contradictory Certainties & Irreconcilable Opposed Views?

The Sustainability Concept Paper Michael Thompson discusses in Sapiens Revue is very challenging, breakthrough thinking indeed, as is the Paper he discusses..
Although it was written in support of the Cities as Forces for Good in the Environment Project , its impact is way broader than that:

It can/should be read as a Universal Concept Paper for any Deep Transition Continue reading

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Lynn Margulis 1938-2011 She Played a Key Role in Forwarding “Cooperation” as a Fundamental Human Attribute

Lynn Margulis provided me a moment of light in the “Introduction to Cooperation” course of the Social Media Classroom of Howard Rheingold’s University I love people who dare to break Orthodoxies, current paradigms that remain in place, preventing new ideas … Continue reading

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Macro-economics: Orthodoxy and Blindness. When Science Becomes Fundamentalism

a paper that deals with the relationship between economics and the world we live in. John Kay spells out methodological critiques of economic theory in general, and of DSGE models and rational expectations in particular. The paper builds on two articles that Kay, Continue reading

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A Paper Without Borders Between Disciplines, a Manual of Practice for the Whole of Life, A New Level of Thinking from which to Solve the Intractable Problems of Our Era.

Starting with a long view for reflecting on how to transform Cities as Forces for Good in their Environment, Bruce Beck blurs the borders between disciplines, looks at his subject from a Higher Level of Thinking, and reaches conclusions about how a New Governance can resolve the intractable problems of our Era and Change the World. The result: A Manual of Practice for the Whole of Life. Continue reading

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