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Accelerating STEM Capacity: A Complex Adaptive System Perspective

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Worthwhile reading from the Journal of Engineering Education:

 

"The educational system that produces the critical talent for the United States’ future security and prosperity is complex …It is composed of systems nested within subsystems, each operating on multiple temporal scales where observable causality is often hidden… Changes to this system emerge through evolutionary processes and are encumbered by complex physical, behavioral, and social phenomena as well as competing interests. Faced with overwhelming complexity in the learning ecosystem (including shifting economic, political, and business environments), we tend to focus primarily on issues that are relevant to the cultural boundaries within which we operate…

 

Our Santa Fe Institute and SRI Inc. research is attempting to model educational subsystem behaviors through the lens of complex adaptive systems to better conceptualize the current educational ecosystem. Therefore, we plan on identifying methods to model the larger system. A deep understanding of this structure (exponential complexity encountered as knowledge is distributed through the organization) is required in order to transcend subcultural boundaries and meld a unified framework. From this might emerge a fresh composite that values different cultural and situational perspectives."


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Happy Interior Blog: From Place To Space: Praktik Bakery Hotel In Barcelona

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Check out the wonderful Praktik Bakery Hotel in Barcelona - I'm sharing my impressions on the blog today!


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The 5 common elements of good storytelling

Everything can be a story -- you've just got to tell it.

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Anita's curator insight, October 13, 1:58 PM

If you want to persuade just about anyone, nail your story with emotions and data.

Deena's curator insight, October 24, 11:25 PM

A very powerful tool!

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30+ Mystical Bridges That Will Take You To Another World

30+ Mystical Bridges That Will Take You To Another World | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it
We’ve all used a bridge at some point but do we take the time to look at the design and mystical looks of certain bridges? Some bridges are ancient with moss that depict aother magical worlds.

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3 Insights from Artists on the Creative Process

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“Creativity is a gift, from life to us,” according to Tom Sturges in his book Every Idea is a Good Idea: How Songwriters and Other Working Artists Get It Done.

 

 


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Storyboarding & UX – part 3: storyboarding as a workshop activity | Johnny Holland

Storyboarding & UX – part 3: storyboarding as a workshop activity | Johnny Holland | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

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Walter Ratcliff's curator insight, January 25, 2013 3:59 PM

Why use only talk to define an idea?  Have participants storyboard them.

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Experiential Learning in Executive Development


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Walter Ratcliff's curator insight, February 22, 2013 5:19 PM

Another overview of experiential learning applied to an organization context.

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Soul Spelunker: Jung's Ideas On Alchemy

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Alchemy, in our day, is an aspect of our European heritage which many of us view as being silly. The general consensus is that alchemy was a product of a more primitive worldview. It is somewhat puzzling as to why a twentieth-century psychologist like C.G. Jung would have such a passionate interest in the subject. In this article, I will attempt to explicate Jung's ideas concerning alchemy. Following a short critique of his views, I will add a few of my own thoughts.


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Eva Rider's curator insight, August 26, 10:12 AM
Wonderful overview on the sources of Jung's interest and subsequent study and synthesis of Alchemy
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The Consciousness of Trees

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“ Jung say in the prologue to Memories, Dreams, Reflections, “Life has always seemed to me like a plant that lives on a rhizome.” The rhizome, the rootstock, grows horizontally underground, with roots at its lower end, shoots at its upper.”


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Positive Thinking

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"Every act of positive thinking generates its dark brother and sister at the unconscious level, if one is unconscious of "the dark brother and sister" (within oneself) positive thinking then is reactive, another words a DEFENSE against the "dark brother and sister" ...W.Brugh Joy, MD


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Eva Rider's curator insight, September 1, 3:05 PM

This is an astute and wise reminder. Any polarized view triggers its opposite. It is no easy task to hold the poles in balance but it is necessary for the Transcendent Third to emerge.

Thank you for this offering.

 

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Self Synthesis: Innocence replaces blame

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Xristiana Sophia's curator insight, July 20, 3:06 AM

Innocence replaces blame. But it’s a journey into “hell” to realize and achieve this.

Eva Rider's curator insight, September 1, 5:18 PM

Ultimately there are no paved pathways on the journey to the Self. Each of us must create our unique inroads.

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Circumambulating the Alchemical Mysterium

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A L C H E M Y  may be described, in the words of Baudelaire, as a process of ‘distilling the eternal from the transient’. [1] As the art of transmutation par excellence, the classical applications of alchemy have always been twofold: chrysopoeia and apotheosis (gold-making and god-making)—the perfection of metals and mortals. In seeking to turn ‘poison into wine’, alchemy, like tantra, engages material existence—often at its most dissolute or corruptible—in order to transform it into a vehicle of liberation. Like theurgy, it seeks not only personal liberation—the redemption of the soul from the cycles of generation and corruption—but also the liberation (or perfection) of nature herself through participation in the cosmic demiurgy. In its highest sense, therefore, alchemy conforms to what Lurianic kabbalists would call tikkun, the restoration of the world.


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Eva Rider's curator insight, September 3, 2:32 PM

Alchemy - the transformation of  what was unconscious lead into illuminated Gold is the essence and goal of Soul Making, the discovery of the eternal in the transitory, the imagination made manifest in Beauty.

Erel Shalit's curator insight, September 4, 5:46 AM

The author discusses the interesting etymology, such as Egyptian, of alchemy. However, there is also, as raised by Gershom Scholem, a possible Hebrew origin (see Enemy, Cripple, Beggar, p. 202f.).

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How Appreciative inquiry can Help Rewire Your Brain To Overcome the Negativity Bias

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“The bad news: Our brains are wired to be negative. The good news: You can train your brain to hold on to happiness in 10 seconds. Wouldn't it be awesome if we could hack into our own brains and rewire them to be happier?”


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David Cooperrider & Chris Johnston's curator insight, August 27, 8:05 AM
DON'T JUST THINK POSITIVELY. THINK REALISTICALLY. There's a lot of good stuff happening in our lives, but we don't always let ourselves stop and notice it. Rewiring your brain for greater hope, inspiration and joy isn't simply about positive thinking. It's about realistic thinking. Realistic thinking means noticing the good things that happen to us as they occur and letting ourselves experience them. "We tend to not even notice a good fact when its there," he says. "The boss actually said 19 good things about you, but you're obsessing over the one bad thing." Appreciative Inquiry offers the tools for seeing, amplifying, and savoring those things of value worth valuing. This article shows how this is not at all Pollyannish, but physiologically significant--via brain plasticity and the reality that multiple realities are there everywhere, even the grace of great things, positive things, and good news.
Roland Sullivan's comment, August 30, 10:17 AM
Allow me to put this into a personal paradigm. I meditate. in preparation for meditation I've spent years concentrating and controlling the mind. One of the biggest challenges has been to eliminate as much as possible any negative thought waves into my mind. As soon as I become aware of a negative thought I switched my focus to intentional positivity. Now my focus in life is helping other change agents transform themselves in the context of transforming the organizations in which they live. Being rooted in a positive social organization psychology is paramount.
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Are You Ready to Lose Control?

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Control: It’s the essence of management. We’re trained to measure inputs, throughputs, and outputs in hopes of increasing efficiency and producing desired results. In a world of linear processes, such as in the factories of the Industrial Age, that made sense. But in today’s knowledge economy, where enterprises are complex, adaptive systems, it’s counterproductive.

 

The real problem is confusion between control and order. Control implies centralized control and hierarchical relationships. The person with control tells others what to do and whether they are successful or not. Order, on the other hand, emerges from self-organization. There may not be anyone telling others what to do, yet things get done—often with great efficiency and effectiveness. People know what is expected of them and what they can expect of others.

 

But how can this be true? Mustn’t an orchestra have a conductor? A dance troupe, a choreographer? A company, a CEO?

 

Not necessarily. Nature abounds with examples of what is known as swarm intelligence. Termites build intricate dwellings without the benefit of set of plans or engineers with advanced degrees. Birds migrate thousands of miles in formations where the lead position rotates to optimize their collective capacity. There are no marching orders or hierarchies dictating who leads. Massive flocks of starlings engage in intricate maneuvers known as murmuration with neither collisions nor confusion. There is order without overarching control. Indeed, our obsession with control helps explain why human-designed organizations fail to achieve such beautiful synchronicity.

 


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Steve Bax's comment, April 23, 4:42 AM
This ties with the Belasco and Stayer thinking. Humans tend to seek control. Feeling out of control of ourselves and our lives can cause physiological effects. So passing it to others is tough.
Steve Bax's curator insight, April 23, 4:43 AM

Another stimulating scoop from Kenneth. This ties with the Buffalo and Geese theory from Belasco and Stayer. Passing control to others is not always easy. 

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, June 5, 5:12 AM

Good blog on the difference between 'control' and 'order' (and what we can learn from swarms)

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Country Stars Featured on The Best of Me Soundtrack

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A number of country stars are featured on the soundtrack for the new Nicholas Sparks film, The Best of Me.

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Art of Science Learning sparks innovation with the arts

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For the past year, Harvey Seifter has set up a kind of laboratory in Balboa Park where dozens of community volunteers have spent hundreds of hours in an experiment where art meets science.

Seifter’s “Art of Science Learning,” funded by a $2.6 million National Science Foundation grant and administered by the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, has trained its participants in opportunity identification, idea generation, core skill communication, design and numerous other skills tied to creativity and driven by an arts-based approach.


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Richard Branson Is Right: Time Is the New Money

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In the Participation Age, a New Form of Payment Is Emerging: Time.

Richard Branson just announced he would be giving Virgin employees unlimited vacation. He's either nuts or knows something others have yet to discover: You'll make more money if you give people their time back.


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David Hain's curator insight, October 6, 3:01 AM

Time is our most precious gift, and can never be an excuse.  It's about choices, HT Branson for increasing choice for staff.

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Learning for Change

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It's been almost 10 years since Peter Senge, 51, published "The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization". The book was more than a business best-seller; it was a breakthrough.


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The Trainer of the Future


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Walter Ratcliff's curator insight, February 22, 2013 4:31 PM

Nice summary of alternatives to the traditional didactic approach.  And no, they don't include "social learning."

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Ecopsychology 101: James Hillman and the pain of community loss

Ecopsychology 101: James Hillman and the pain of community loss | Creating new possibilities | Scoop.it

Ecopsychology, as propounded by James Hillman, a therapist based in northeast Connecticut, seeks to redefine the goals of psychology by paying heed to the health of one's environment just as one would the pathology of one's family. "Psychology, so dedicated to awakening human consciousness, needs to wake itself up to one of the most ancient human truths: we cannot be studied or cured apart from the planet."

 

"When a farm is subdeveloped, acres of trees go down or there's an oil spill in town, you feel it deeply and it goes on in you for so long, every time you walk past that place," said Hillman, who has successfully fought road extensions and subdevelopments in his town. "That never comes into consciousness. It is never talked about on the community level. People all know this inside their bodies. That's the horror. It hurts. When I see old healthy trees go down it hurts."


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Eva Rider's curator insight, August 25, 3:36 PM

More and more relevant moment by moment in our time

 

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Carl Jung Depth Psychology: Carl Jung: The union of opposites is a trans-conscious process and, in principle, not amenable to scientific explanation.

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Eva Rider's curator insight, August 28, 10:44 PM

The Union of the Opposites and the alchemical wedding - where the unconscious and the conscious meet - Are we swallowed into the unconscious or do we bring the unconscious into consciousness via the spark of life...

Interesting...C.G. Jung and his own process of understanding that which is inconceivable; there is an awe before the mystery of the feminine.

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The World Is Like a Divine Language

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… symbolism seems to us to be quite specially adapted to the needs of human nature, which is not exclusively intellectual but which needs a sensory basis from which to rise to higher levels.

 

 


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Eva Rider's curator insight, August 30, 10:45 PM

symbol as metaphor - the transformer between spirit and matter

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Dancing in the Flames: Marion Woodman

Dancing in the Flames is a brilliant and intimate documentary into the life of Jungian Analyst, Marion Woodman, who is known for her ground breaking work as a teacher and author on feminine psychology and addiction. We are taken into a metaphoric representation of the unconscious imagery that Marion discusses so passionately and, in doing so, are invited to examine our own lives. Brilliant mystic and author Andrew Harvey interviews Marion as she explains the mysteries of her soul’s journey and reveals a series of psychological ‘deaths’ and ‘rebirths’ that have formed the consciousness into which she has evolved. The film presents a philosophy of dynamic opposites, the bridging of seeming contradictions. Life and death, love and grief, courage and submission are not at loggerheads for her—they’re part of a harmonious whole. By embracing these opposites we come into the totality of human experience.


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Jerónimo M.M.'s curator insight, October 9, 2013 6:32 AM

BP, watch this, I love the story about the world that is dying and the new one being born

Eva Rider's curator insight, July 2, 4:06 PM

Dancing in the Flames - the beautiful documentary by Adam Reid on the life and work of the brilliant and wise, Canadian Jungian Analyst, Marion Woodman with intimate interviews by the mystic, Andrew Harvey and Ross Woodman.

 

Here is full. Enjoy!

Eva Rider's curator insight, September 1, 3:16 PM
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Dancing in the Flames - the beautiful documentary by Adam Reid on the life and work of the brilliant and wise, Canadian Jungian Analyst, Marion Woodman with intimate interviews by mystic, Andrew Harvey and the brilliant Ross Woodman, Marion's beloved late husband.

 

Here in full. Enjoy!

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Carl Jung Depth Psychology: Carl Jung on “The Significance of Dreams.”

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Carl Jung - BBC: In Our Time

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the extraordinary mind of the psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung. In 1907 Sigmund Freud met a young man and fell into a conversati...

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maria taveras's curator insight, September 9, 1:21 PM

This was the start of a fascinating and short lived relationship between two creative minds.