May 22, 2015

21C Transition Magazine: Questions


Issue 71 — April 12, 2015

“The resolution of these questions will, for good or for ill, describe a world that is so profoundly different from anything that humanity has yet experienced as to truly be the end of an era.” — +Jordan Greenhall

What follows is a wireframe around which human beings playing and working can cocreate scenarios and actionable knowledge recipes making for autopoietic shift.

There’s three main steps, adopting such a cocreation process:

21C Transition: Onboarding
Where participants learn about what unique contribution is theirs to make, getting us from here to there, more or less in one peace.

21C Transition: Wayfinding through the Waste Land
Moving, climbing, leaving behind what no longer serves, bringing along as much baby as possible while cleansing the bathwater for the benefit of new babies.

21C Transition: Mixtapes
Knowledge recipes characterised by and producing: resonance, reach, resilience, reflexivity, resonance.

The Wireframe consists in twelve fundamental questions. How we help each other living these questions and what answers we unfold, will determine what legacy we will leave to our children and grandchildren.

1. Ecosystems
Global warming is stewardship awakening and awareness annealing.

What is a human beings relationship with its ecosystems?

What is 9 bn human beings relationship with our ecosystems?

2. Culture
Human nature and human culture and human nature.

What is humanity’s relationship with its own unfolding nature?

3. Technology
Artifacts, tools, language & technology.

What is humanity’s relationship with its artifacts and tools?

“…pack a potential in the way a crowbar in a willing hand envelops an energy of prying.” — Gilles Deleuze

“…pack a potential in the way a trimtab in a willing group envelops an energy catalyzing autopoietic shift.” — John Kellden

4. Identity
Uniqueness and belonging, embodied spirit, selfhood and social sense of self.

What is a human beings relationship with its own sense of identity and self?

5. Bricolage
Tinkering together with omniscient machines of loving kindness.

What is our relationship with art? What is our relationship with techne? What is the nature of our co-evolving relationship between inherent embodied wisdom, rules of thumb and algorithms?

6. Narrative
Although our narratives overwhelm to the point of ubiquity and invisibility, they might be merciful. We have cursed them, sometimes without cause.

What is humanity’s relationship with narratives? What institutions can be redesigned to co-exist as subsets of networks?

7. Flow
Our core 21C Literacy, is imagination. If we err on the side of selforganizing, we will get there.

What is humanity’s relationship with flow?

8. Transition
If you are one of those who still work inside old 20C or older, institutions — please continue for as long as possible. Then, leave.

What is a human beings relationship with institutionalization?

“Let everything that’s been planned come true. Let them believe. And let them have a laugh at their passions. Because what they call passion actually is not some emotional energy, but just the friction between their souls and the outside world. And most important, let them believe in themselves. Let them be helpless like children, because weakness is a great thing, and strength is nothing. When a tree is growing, it’s tender and pliant, but when it’s dry and hard, it dies. Hardness and strength are death’s companions. Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being, because what has hardened will never win.” — Stalker Monologue, Andrei Tarkovsky

9. Thrivability
Inside prefab narratives this is often referred to as health. Thrivability is health from a perspective of ecosystemics, writ inclusive.

What is a human beings relationship with her pain, with her suffering?

10. Potential
Pain is a gift to be transformed. Suffering is our collective unwillingness to value and embrace this gift.

What is humanity’s relationship with its own potential, its own becoming?

“There is no coming to consciousness without pain. People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own Soul. One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” — C. G. Jung

11. Edge
All value, all potential for cocreation of value reside in edges.

What is humanity’s relationship with its own intrinsic value?

What is a human beings relationship with scarcity, with abundance?

12. Generativity
A quality of a complex adaptive living system from which its participants draws an independent and interdependent ability to create, generate or produce new content, contexts, intentionality, meaning, impact and value unique to that system.

What is a human beings relationship with past, present and future?

What is a human beings legacy? What is humanity’s legacy?

The twelve sets of questions are designed to work as a generative sequence. This means that we can provide initial answers to the sets, from which we will be able to iterate, until our answers are good enough to be turned into thriving practice.

We have two decades to live these twelve sets of fundamental questions. First, we need to slow down ourselves so as to be able to nurture, grow and cultivate strategic reflexivity enough to be able to hold space for these questions together with others.

Then, we need to figure out how to extend the conversations, until we have connected with a sufficient number of other human beings.

One 21C Transition scenario, one early prototype 21C Mixtape here:
+Joachim Stroh visuals, John Kellden text
You are most welcome cocreating others.

21C Transition Magazine & Monday Magazine Previous Issues
Issues 1–70

“We made it? What happened? We happened.”

Sagarmatha Café: Knowledge Excursions
“How different will your tomorrow be from today? What will be the next leg of your journey? Once we get back, what will our story be? Let’s go on a one-hour 21C Enactive Excursion and find out.”

Immersive transmedia and participatory sensemaking, exploring pathways through the 21C.
+Ron Scroggin +Joe Raimondo +Joachim Stroh & John Kellden

Image: +Joachim Stroh

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