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Rethinking Complexity

A Conversation at the Crossroads

04/18/2012
A Conversation at the Crossroads
In the 1990s, Manuel Castells was extensively describing the "network society" that was emerging due to the Internet and modern digital technology. During this same time period, Howard Rheingold was promoting the value of virtual communities and charting how mobile information technology was enabling people to quickly organize to create movements and collaboratively take social action. In the early 2000s, Rob Cross was profiling organizational social networks, describing how they enable effective decision making and task completion if properly designed. Recent world political events...

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New Existentialists

Let’s Get Lost

04/18/2012
Let’s Get Lost
Earlier this week I had a session with one of my clients, and it was one of those special moments when as she unfolded and came alive, I became enlivened as well. This is a sixty-year old woman, who has been my client for a number of years. She is a survivor of breast cancer, a mother of a twenty-six year old daughter, and the wife of a husband who was diagnosed two years ago and is now in an advanced stage of multiple sclerosis. Barely able to walk, her husband is in need of constant care, and for two people who married in their forties and have lived their lives with independent passions,...

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Rethinking Complexity

Systems Practice for Socio-Cultural Transformation: It Begins with Us

04/18/2012
Systems Practice for Socio-Cultural Transformation: It Begins with Us
This semester at Saybrook University, I taught a course titled "Systems Practice for Socio-Cultural Transformation." It was co-created with a group of organizational systems students who wanted to experience the implications of moving from systems thinking to systems being and explore other ways of working with systems tools and methodologies to facilitate transformation. As part of this learning adventure, the students organized a two-day workshop in addition to the time we had together at the beginning of the semester during Saybrook's residential conference in January. The...

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Creativity

DAILY CREATIVE INSPIRATION

04/17/2012

“The mainspring of creativity appears to be the same tendency which we discover so deeply as the curative force in psychotherapy – man’s tendency to actualize himself, to become his potentialities.” 

Carl R. Rogers

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Creativity

DAILY CREATIVE INSPIRATION

04/17/2012

“Whatever sphere we may be in, there is a profound joy in the realization that we are helping to form the structure of the new world. This is creative courage, however minor or fortuitous our creations may be.”

Rollo May

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Creativity

DAILY CREATIVE INSPIRATION

04/17/2012

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”

Albert Einstein

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Creativity

DAILY CREATIVE INSPIRATION

04/17/2012

"The creative act is not hanging on, but yielding to a new creative movement. Awe is what moves us forward."

Joseph Campbell

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Creativity

DAILY CREATIVE INSPIRATION

04/17/2012

“The key question isn’t ‘What fosters creativity?’ But it is why in God’s name isn’t everyone creative? Where was the human potential lost? How was it crippled? I think therefore a good question might be now why do people create? But why do people not create or innovate? We have got to abandon that sense of amazement in the face of creativity, as if it were a miracle if anybody created anything.” Abraham Maslow

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Creativity

DAILY CREATIVE INSPIRATION

04/17/2012

“If the study and practice of creativity can send us in a more positive direction, as individuals and as cultures, let us continue research to understand the positive qualities involved, more collaborative ways of creating and living, and how we can better value and honor each other and the healthy diversity in our world.”

Ruth Richards

 

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Creativity

CREATIVITY IN THE NEWS

04/17/2012

Saybrook University Student Challenge:
April 15-21 is World Creativity and Innovation Week
How will you use your creativity for good?

World Creativity and Innovation Week was established in 2001 to celebrate the unlimited potential of creativity, raise awareness that all people by nature are creative, and to encourage people to use their creativity to improve their lives, work, and community.

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