Links of the Quarter: December 2018

How to Save the World

There is no one, no time or space, no causality or agency, no life or death, no purpose or meaning. Our Culture / Ourselves Preparing for Civilization's EndNa Pali coast, Kaua’i — photo by me, taken two weeks ago.

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Security, identity, voice, opportunity and agency on the distributed web

Jenny Connected

Looking up definitions of the word agency reveals explanations related to business and organisations, but a search for agency in education resulted in the following two definitions: Agency is the capacity and propensity to take purposeful initiative—the opposite of helplessness.

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Links of the Quarter: September 2018

How to Save the World

That there is no time, space, purpose or meaning, no thing apart. How the World Really Works Our Culture / Ourselves Preparing for Civilization's EndCartoon by Hugh Macleod from Gaping Void.

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Community network mapping: just get going!

Making CommunitySense

Solid methodology is important for professional purposes, of course (see for heavy-duty mapping processes the CommunitySensor methodology for participatory community network mapping). Interactions don’t just happen, they serve a purpose.

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The Quantified, Qualified and Connected Self

Jenny Connected

The “quantified self” will give way to the “qualified self” and ultimately to the “connected self” as we begin to define ourselves not merely by simple measures of ethnicity, language, religion and culture, but through thousands of shared experiences, affinities, and inclinations.

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Cultural Acedia: When We Can No Longer Care

How to Save the World

All civilizations end, and a study of them shows that there are usually two precursors to their collapse: widespread cultural acedia , and then a period of chaos. This is cultural acedia. the need for meaning and purpose in one’s life, including meaningful work.

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Links of the Quarter: March 2018

How to Save the World

Rotten: Td0s writes about our culture’s unwillingness to do things well, and to pay to maintain the infrastructure we build and depend on : Doing something well, making something that will last, is not prized in this culture. Is Civilization a Wetiko Culture?:

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Conversation and Silence, Part One

How to Save the World

If not to relate information, tell a story, get clarity (ie learn), reassure, show affection, or entertain, what purpose does real, collaborative, interactive, iterative conversation serve? Our Culture / OurselvesThis is the first part of a two-part article.

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Moving in a direction

Chris Corrigan

Many times when clients contact me they ask if I can help them come to consensus or alignment on their shared purpose or desired outcomes. Complex solutions are for all practical purposes, infinitely unpredictable. You can’t simply command a culture to change. .

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Conversation and Silence, Part Two

How to Save the World

But when the necessary attributes for effective conversation are not present, or when the objective of talking is not one of these four purposes, I would argue that talking is pretty much a waste of time, and silence would be a better prescription. What purpose does any of it serve?

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May I Ask a Question?

How to Save the World

Our Culture / Ourselves Working SmarterImage from pixabay by Dean Moriarty, CC0. M y friend Ben Collver recently loaned me a book called A More Beautiful Question , by Warren Berger, that arose from some ideas in Warren’s blog.

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The Death of Truth: A World Where Lying Pays

How to Save the World

In our modern global human culture there are huge rewards for dishonesty. There is no meaning or purpose to anything, no reason ‘why’, no causality, and no time in which things change or evolve, although we want and believe there to be. Our Culture / Ourselves

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The Agnostic Game

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Students of such systems began to think of the evolution of the universe and of life on Earth as a type of game, and began to speculate on whether or not this game had a ‘purpose’ or not, with spiritualists and agnostics taking opposing sides.

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True Story

How to Save the World

But there would be no purpose in doing so. Our Culture / OurselvesCartoon from poorlydrawnlines. Tell me the true story, about the time when that man. Took you in to lend a hand, and how you took him for a spin.

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Self-Impression

How to Save the World

Our Culture / Ourselvescartoon by the late, wonderful Charles Barsotti. T his past weekend I attended a get-together of about 20 enthusiastic, knowledgeable people on the subject of radical non-duality, organized around the (rare) visit of Jim Newman ( Non-Duality Dude ) to North America.

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Useless Advice

How to Save the World

So this advice serves no purpose except, perhaps, to reassure those who already have a propensity for it. Our Culture / OurselvesI am watching a pair of violet-green swallows trying to get to their nest, which happens to be in the powder room vent of my house.

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Non-Duality Dude: A One-Act Play

How to Save the World

The apparent character or body continues to behave seemingly exactly as it did before, based on its embodied and cultural conditioning. There is only ‘this’, no thing apart, nothing separate, no time or space, no purpose or meaning, no life or death. image from Pixabay, CC0.

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On Gratefulness: A Self-Enquiry

How to Save the World

Without free will, ‘my’ self can only believe, and do, what its biological and cultural conditioning can believe and do given the circumstances of the moment. And since there is (really) no time and no thing, it’s only an appearance anyway, without meaning or purpose.

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How Our Bodies Sense the World, and How ‘We’ Misinterpret It

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We’ see trees and other ‘separate’ things, with names and boundaries and purposes, and feel obliged to assign meaning and volition to what these separate things appear to be doing. Creative Works Our Culture / Ourselves

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Fragments

How to Save the World

You come to believe in your capacity to shape your life, and that it has a trajectory and a purpose and a meaning, that it and everything has a beginning and end, a ‘progressing’ ever forward in time, only to smash into the bitter rocks of death just as wisdom is dawning.

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Plus Ça Change

How to Save the World

If there is no time and no ‘me’, how shall I account for the fact that I once apparently believed that our civilization culture could and ‘should’ be reformed? Our Culture / Ourselvesphoto by the author.

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Liberating Structures in Higher Ed: Vancouver 2018

Full Circle Associates

Source: » Liberating Structures 2017 Image by Tracy Kelly As I noted in yesterday’s post, I’m heading up to Vancouver to co-host a couple of workshops.

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Curious About Radical Non-Duality But Hate Videos?

How to Save the World

T he essential message of radical non-duality, as opposed to more historical types of non-duality, is that there is no ‘you’ — no separate person or thing, no self, no ‘awareness’ or ‘consciousness’ or ‘enlightenment’ or liberation, no self-control or choice or volition or agency or responsibility, no time or space, no life or death, no path or process to get closer to the ‘truth’, no knowledge or experience, no meaning or purpose.

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Links of the Quarter: March 2017

How to Save the World

Will the Crash of 2018 Be the First Stage of Civilization’s Collapse?: When we live in an insane culture, we should not be surprised at what it wreaks. talk — to commit an indiscretion without temptation, from an impulse without purpose.

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