Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm.
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Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm.
Positive Emergence informed by authentic presencing and conscious transformation
Curated by Anne Caspari
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Emergent Themes In Organizational Life

Emergent Themes In Organizational Life | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it
RELEASING COMPLEXITY November 4 - 6, 2016; Germany  3- DAYS with BONNITTA ROY  - An invitation to step into a new way of understanding organizational life and to think and do from a whole new mind IN THIS COURSE, WE PRACTICE NEW WAYS OF THINKING BEYOND SYSTEMS THINKING INTO THE DOMAIN OF COMPLEX RESPONSIVE PROCESSES, AND CRITICAL VIEWS…
Anne Caspari's insight:
Do you remember the feeling of relief and 'enlightenment' when you last came across an explanation, a meta theory or a different perspective that was so powerful that it "reorganized" your current world-view of things into a much simpler and more elegant way? So it RELEASES a lot of built up energy or effort that world-view was holding? It is exquisite... Bonnitta Roy is offering such a new view on organizational life and its challenges. I am thrilled about her second workshop for early adopters in the field of organizational development & complexity thinking. "Releasing Complexity" will be dealing with complex adaptive systems; the application of solid design principles, flexible governance structures and real practices that foster self-organization, emergent behavior and action logics, novelty and innovation. She leads us to a realist stance and has a look what is actually happening with people in organizations and what gets in the way of authentic participation. And she also avoids the traps of developmental biases. Shout if you are interested!

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The Living Technology of Christopher Alexander

The Living Technology of Christopher Alexander | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

"We are using an assumed technology of design all the time, but Alexander argues that what is needed must be different in five key respects:

1) Adaptive design cannot start from a supposed tabula rasa condition, but will always transform what already exists. Even similar design problems, in different contexts, have the task of transforming distinct configurations. In mathematical terms, every design problem has distinct initial conditions that strongly influence the solution.

2) Adaptive design has to engage multiple actors, forming a “collective intelligence” to explore the universe of available solutions and non-solutions. Otherwise, the search algorithm seeking good solutions can take forever, so someone chooses an arbitrary, poorly adapted or dysfunctional solution out of desperation.


3) Adaptive design explicitly employs simple stepwise procedures, operating sometimes at fine scales that can vary and adapt as they develop. This is known in the software community as “interactive computation”, in which the momentary configuration influences the solution as it develops. Computation is affected by feedback in real time.

4) An intelligent approach to design recapitulates the evolutionary successes of the past, and avoids the evolutionary failures of the past, by retaining “genetic information” on the most successful patterns, which we can re-use. Again, it is the software people who have profited most from this insight.


5) A revolutionary aspect is to use the qualitative aspects of living systems, and in particular, the qualities of feeling that we bring to the design process. Surprisingly, this qualitative “selection by systemic attributes” very effectively helps to narrow down the search for adaptive solutions." 

Anne Caspari's curator insight, August 8, 2013 4:33 AM

It is well worth studying the morphgenetics of design.  With awareness based techniques and the "collective intelligence" we can identify not rigid blueprints but underlying principles that would allow us to come up with adaptive generative design solutions in resonance and alignment with life. And reliably so.