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Internal & External Landscapes:  Integral multiple Perspectives on Emergence, Transformation and new Mindsets in Sustainability
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How Flowers Changed the World

How Flowers Changed the World | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it

Somewhere, just a short time before the close of the Age of Reptiles, there occurred a soundless, violent explosion. It lasted millions of years, but it was an explosion, nevertheless. It marked the emergence of the angiosperms—the flowering plants, Even the great evolutionist, Charles Darwin, called them “an abominable mystery,” because they appeared so suddenly and spread so fast.

Flowers changed the face of the planet.


Without them, the world we know—even man himself—would never have existed. 

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I love this quote from the English Poet Francis Thompson 

"you cannot pluck a flower without troubling a star".  

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‘Superorganisations’ – Learning from Nature’s Networks

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Fritjof Capra, in his book ‘The Hidden Connections’ applies aspects of complexity theory, particularly the analysis of networks, to global capitalism and the state of the world; and eloquently argues the case that social systems such as organisations and networks are not just like living systems – they are living systems. The concept and theory of living systems (technically known as autopoiesis) was introduced in 1972 by Chilean biologists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela.

 

This is a complete version of a ‘long-blog’ written by Al Kennedy on behalf of ‘The Nature of Business’ blog and BCI: Biomimicry for Creative Innovation www.businessinspired...


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Learning from Nature’s Networks

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▶  CLIMATE CHANGE http://www.scoop.it/t/changingplanet

▶  BIODIVERSITY http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life

▶  OUR OCEANS http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us

▶   OUR FOOD http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides

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Emerging Cityscapes | Kedge

Emerging Cityscapes | Kedge | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it

"Creative Cities" at the Savannah College of Art and Design hosts a lecture on "Emerging Cityscapes" presented by Kedge

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What is Inspiration? Where does it come from? Jason Silva

This is a PSA to Infect you with AWE. A non-commercial shot of philosophical espresso... a mashup of inspiration. By @jason_silva and @NotThisBody - Follow u...
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Worldchanging: Bright Green: Worldchanging Interview: Jean Russell on Thrivability

Worldchanging: Bright Green: Worldchanging Interview: Jean Russell on Thrivability | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it

What's the origin of this definition, and what led you to start thinking about "thrivability" vs sustainability?

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The Radical Technology of Christopher Alexander - Metropolis Magazine

The Radical Technology of Christopher Alexander - Metropolis Magazine | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it

Chances are, you have heard of Christopher Alexander because of his most famous book on architecture, A Pattern Language. 

 

Alexander, the mathematician, was always concerned with the processes by which parts transform into wholes. He wants to know how we are implementing this part-whole synthesis; how nature does it; and especially, where we, in our own human version, might be getting it wrong. This is the key to an important realization about natural systems and how they generate form — one that, as Alexander has long noted, is distinct from how we humans typically generate form. And this is not a mere philosophical matter of humans being different from nature, or “having culture.” It’s a question of how we humans can also have a technology that is actually more complex, resilient, and sustainable — quite literally, more life-like.

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Autopoiesis and Cognition

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Maturana and Varela's classic Autopoiesis and Cognition is freely available here (H/T to Paul Loader).

What makes a living system a living system? What kind of biological phenomenon is the phenomenon of cognition? These two questions have been frequently considered, but, in this volume, the authors consider them as concrete biological questions.

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The World's Best Sustainability Ideas - Forbes

The World's Best Sustainability Ideas - Forbes | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it
Almost everyone these days talks about sustainability. Businesses, government, individuals, all want to see innovations that create prosperity while making the world a better, healthier place for us and future generations. But who’s really doing something about it? Here’s one answer.

Katerva, a sustainability recognition and intelligence organization, has just announced the finalists of its first annual Katerva Awards, which spotlights the most promising new sustainability concepts in the world

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Performatism, a post-postmodern architecture style in an integral age

Performatism, a post-postmodern architecture style in an integral age | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it

Integral architecture is not simply about applying a single integrally informed methodology to new, unconstructed “Integral Buildings,” (however important that practice perhaps is), but is something already in our midst. We have only to recognize its features, bring our awareness to them, construct attempts at definitions, and then play with the novelty until something new emerges.

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Alex Steffen sees a sustainable future | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Worldchanging.com founder Alex Steffen argues that reducing humanity’s ecological footprint is incredibly vital now, as the western consumer lifestyle spreads to developing countries.

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Three Steps To Managing Transformative Sustainability Journeys | Sustainable Brands

Three Steps To Managing Transformative Sustainability Journeys | Sustainable Brands | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it

I believe the challenges sustainable brands face today is adaptive: they requires us to undergo a transformative journey that helps us shift the way we see so that we can reframe our current reality and create a field for new opportunities to emerge. The question is: how can we successfully travel this path of change and increase the chances for innovative breakthroughs while minimizing the always-present risks of breakdowns and system disintegration?

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Humanity 4.0

Humanity 4.0 Michelle Holliday, Cambium Consulting www.cambiumconsulting.com © Copyright 2010 Cambium Consulting...
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Integrating Whitehead: Towards an Environmental Ethic

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Creativity! That is the cosmic interval between matter and form. Creativity is the Ultimate Ground out of which matter emerges into form. This mysterious process of emergence is the driving force behind the Kosmos. Somehow, matter (and I will argue consciousness) is destined to organize itself into more and more complex forms. Emergence! Emergence is not a how. It is a what. Emergence only describes what happens; it cannot account for how new forms come into being. Nevertheless, to come into the clearing and find even this insight: stuff emerges--and to scream from your heart "EMERGENCE!," as Whitehead did--is to incite riot. It is to climb upon the roof of scientific materialism and shout to the people below that which they have longed for centuries to hear. Upon hearing this message, there is a stirring, a ruffling of being, an allurement to a deeper perspective, an uncovering of something forbidden and dangerous.

What could be more anti-establishment than to pronounce "creativity" as the very fabric of the universe? Whitehead as revolutionary! A rebel--taking a stand against a tradition much larger than himself. Equipped only with looking deeply into his experience and reporting as accurately as he could with the tools he had, that which he found there, Whitehead waved the banner of emergence and articulated his "philosophy of organism." Whitehead was asking for a new age, a new way of conceiving the interval between matter and form, a new way of perceiving of our relationship in the cosmos. Let us climb upon the roof with him and usher in this revolution of being-in-the-world.

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Landscape and Critical Agency

Landscape and Critical Agency | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it

# This symposion is potentially REALLY interesting: (and hosted in my old school in London, UCL,  Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning...)(AC): 

 

How might we develop a model of landscape which has agency? What place might be accorded to design, to the material and environmental processes of the landscape itself, and to the various users of territory within this model?

 

What scales and conditions might a mode of landscape with critical agency be capable of engaging with? How might it address mass mobility, consumption, migration, food insecurity, soil pollution, so-called ‘natural disasters’, scarcity, informal settlements, infrastructural development, rapid urbanisation or everyday life, for example?

 

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Women Moving the Edge 10 – Poetic response from the world

Women Moving the Edge 10 – Poetic response from the world | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it
Just as we were starting to prepare for the gathering, Ria came upon the work of Australian eco-philosopher Freya Mathews, in particular her work on ontopoetics, which she defines as the 'poetic st...
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Networked_Performance — Art and Sustainability: Connecting Patterns for a Culture of Complexity

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What is the cultural dimension of sustainability? This book offers a thought-provoking answer, with a theoretical synthesis on »cultures of sustainability«. Describing how modernity degenerated into a culture of unsustainability, to which the arts are contributing, Sacha Kagan engages us in a fundamental rethinking of our ways of knowing and seeing the world. We must learn not to be afraid of complexity, and to re-awaken a sensibility to patterns that connect. With an overview of ecological art over the past 40 years, and a discussion of art and social change, the book assesses the potential role of art in a much needed transformation process.

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TheoryU Design for Integral Sustainability Meshwork

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At Experience Integral's Embody Integral Sustainability Conference convenor Anouk Brack very wisely used a Theory U design for the five day discovery process.
Priorities: With Barrett Brown’s new research on Sustainability Leaders, we were able to self-assess and create a group assessment of key leadership capacities and where we needed to focus our learning. We found that most attention was needed for: Integral Models, Systems Thinking, Complexity and Polarity Management.

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Naomi Stanford - A Pattern Language

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"In order to do a better job of developing, communicating, and pursuing a strategy, you need to learn to think like a designer."

 

Alexander, in his book begins with towns, pointing out that "These patterns can never be designed or built in one fell swoop - but patient piecemeal growth, designed in such a way that every individual act is always helping to create or generate this larger global patterns [that] will, slowly and surely, over the years, make a community."  

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Pattern language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pattern language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it

A pattern language, a term coined by architect Christopher Alexander, is a structured method of describing good design practices within a field of expertise. Advocates of this design approach claim that ordinary people of ordinary intelligence can use it to successfully solve very large, complex design problems. Like all languages, a pattern language has vocabulary, syntax, and grammar. The odd part is that the language is applied to some complex activity other than communication

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