Design Thinking is a mindset. Design Thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. That kind of optimism is well needed in education.
TED Talks John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future.
Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Rachel Lovie
Dr. Graves penned this article after approximately two decades of research on the evolution of human consciousness, more specifically, Spiral Dynamics. Graves believed that humanity as a whole was moving toward becoming a global tribe that wasn’t reminiscent of ancient tribalism, but rather, reflective of the development of collective consciousness.
The Stages of Consciousness Development
Dr. Graves stated that consciousness developed in seven stages, but later found that some of his subjects moved on to an eighth stage, which went beyond the seventh stage of psychological maturity. It was therefore concluded that the development of consciousness was an open-ended process, even though the prevailing eight stage system still holds forte at large:
Survival (Beige) - Where all the attention is focused on survival.
Tribal (Purple) - All about social relationships and maintenance of customs.
Egocentric (Red) – Explore personal identity and challenge tribal authority figures or belief systems.
Authoritarian (Blue) – In order to understand purpose of life and have security need to obey higher authority and rules.
Enterprising (Orange) – Awaken independence and achieve results while challenging authority and test possibilities.
Humanistic (Green) – Seek love and piece within through sharing and becoming useful in the community.
Integrative (Yellow) - Live free and explore what is life about while understanding that chaos and change are natural.
Neo-tribal (Turquoise) – Experience the wholeness of existence by becoming one with all things, and restore natural harmony and balance.
Have you ever invited friends from different parts of your life to a dinner party, and then wondered how they’re going to get along? That’s a little what my situation feels like.
The “friends” are the Art of Hosting and Applied Improvisation – two global tribes and powerful approaches to facilitation.
The two approaches sound quite different from each other. But both, at their essence, are about cultivating emergence within complexity – creating the conditions for unexpectedly wonderful things to be generated or to become clear as a result of interactions between people.
Karen Schmidt's insight:
It was a deeply inspiring conversation with Michelle and others at the AIN conference lately. I am very grateful to have had such great company in this confusion. And my conclusions go in the same direction. Thank you Michelle for this wonderful post!
Yes, we need both! and playfully combine it wherever it creates value.
Instructor: Melanie Mitchell Launch date: January 28, 2013 Prerequisites: None Cost: Free Credit offered: None, though everyone who successfully finishes the course will receive a certificate of completion from the Santa Fe Institute. Course length: 11 weeks Approximate workload: 3-6 hours per week
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