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A view from the Sun: #12 A space for change

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Early in the last century, evolving musical developments burst the seams of the 300-year-old structures of Western composition. The old hierarchical tonal structures were not eliminated by the new ones, any more than Bach was eliminated by Schoenberg, or than Newton was eliminated by Einstein, but their roles were transformed. As new atonal horizons opened, […]

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A view from the Sun: #11 Identity hacking

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From the audience in the concert hall pictured in the photo, I once saw a music student who I had been collaborating with, performing on stage. At some point in the performance I suddenly had the visceral feeling that I was watching myself perform, as if in an out-of-body experience. I had an inkling but […]

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A view from the Sun: #10 Navigating interrelational change

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As on-the-ground conditions of life change, its social and ecosystemic forms evolve, combine, and recombine in unpredictable kaleidoscopic array. If one form is selected in isolation for study or management, it grows its way out of understanding and manageability, because it is not actually isolated, but is integral to a living milieu. Managing a school […]

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A view from the Sun: #9 Interstitial change

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Intentional societal change happens in the cracks, where things are coming together or coming apart, in place and in time, at the interstices. These are where the edges of social forms are coming together, geographically, demographically, and temporally, or where newly formed edges are drawing apart as a social form divides. An interstice is an […]

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A view from the Sun: #7 Outer reaches

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Voyager 1 is far out, beyond the outer skin of the solar system’s plasma bubble, truly having flown the solar nest, and is now a fledgeling child of the stars. Its ability to point its communication signal toward Earth is going to last longer than expected by a few years, because its deteriorating aiming thrusters are going […]

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A view from the sun: #6 Shadow times

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Viewed from Earth, in the night sky, the movements of planets and spacecraft can be seen against the familiar constellations, among myriad stars. In the daytime the Sun washes the stars from sight, and hides its path across the now invisible sky map. Its path can only be inferred, not seen. There is a special […]

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A view from the Sun: #5 Shaping change as it happens

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The effects of change may be felt for a long time, personally, organizationally, societally and ecosystemically. The backstory leading up to a change may have taken a long time. But the tipping point at which the change manifests is brief. Personally, change happens in a moment. This moment of personal experience is the kernel exemplar […]

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A view from the Sun: #4 Imagination as laboratory

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An imaginary event is a real experience. Imagination can explore the unexplorable to learn about something, like traveling at near light speed to learn about space and time. And it has the advantage of being experiential, rather than only theoretical. Therefore an imagined scenario is a laboratory. A novel may explore human experience in a […]

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