m21 - Workshop 2

Synergising Knowledge-Sharing

Mathilda - Coordinator of the New Knowing Group - talks about Knowledge-Sharing Synergies

See notes and talk on Data-Sharing Synergies
See also notes for the Information-Sharing Synergies workshop
See also notes on Wisdom-Sharing Synergies

The Importance of Metaphors (external link)

We manage (or 'language' - c.f. Maturana (external link) & Varela (external link)) our identities using metaphors
Metaphors enframe our experience (see Metaphors We Live by (external link))
They change how we see the world
They may may affect our beliefs
They may therefore encourage new behaviours
They also invite us into new metaphors
This may suggest that some metaphors are unsuitable for new tasks
This means that we sometimes need to start again from a new perspective

But how do our four group-identities overlay one another?

Heron (external link) & Reason (external link) describe a possible 'congruency' between different orders of understanding
But Kuhn (external link) believed we cannot think outside the current paradigm (how does Feyerabend (external link) answer this challenge?)
So maybe we should see this as the need to synergise our synergies
Ken Fairclough offers some ethical guidelines
Mathilda suggested that permaculture may inspire the process
Batel also felt it is possible - but we should look carefully at how Nature does it:

  • start from bottom-up
  • smaller systems must be integrated within their context
  • natural systems are always synchronised and therefore have no semantic negatives
  • all values must therefore be positive

Managing the mutual accommodation of world-views

Distinguish between

  • cognitive styles
  • cognitive abilities
  • task-centred cognitive styles
  • team-centred role oriented cognitive/action types
  • identity-centred roles or types

Luck and Serendipity

Whereas eco-systems synchronise by their emergent co-productive nature, we get confused
Mathilda suggested that the human notion of luck might help us synchronise
Richard Wiseman (external link) shows how people can be trained to become more lucky
Malcolm Gladwell's Tipping Point (external link) suggests that a successful meme must be both sticky and contagious
John B. proposed that luck is magnetic, not contagious
Anette has adapted John W.'s of the design meme as a meme-design tool to bring out its tetrahedonal advantages
Hannah suggested that luck may be a comparative system if some people regard themselves in reference to others
So is there an ecology of luck?
(Gregory Bateson believed that abductive reasoning is endemic in the natural order)
John W. proposed the idea of 'team shamanism' (='superpositive' and 'co-adaptive')

See Ken Fairclough's theories about Luck

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