Ron Scroggin

In a Wild Garden: Convivial Equipoise


The online Conversation Community is loosely organized in its configuration and content, more like a wild garden than are cultivated special interest communities in fields like the arts, philosophy and science, and in educational, professional and business organizations. It is a hotbed of group generative processes: on Facebook, and on Google+ One of the community’s […]

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Confluence: a high-flying conversation about the power of art and artifacts in a network

Confluence Journey rs

We saw a new world below us. Our thoughts, feelings and intentions were projected on its surface in multicolor array, as if land masses, seas, inlets, peninsulas, islands, mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes and tributaries constituted a geography of human meaning. We were flying high above this unexplored terrain in the metaphorical Feynman transliminal transport vehicle, […]

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Crystal ball Nepal: How do we design the future?

Nepal culture by altitude

The current tension between the world’s momentum and its inertia is playing itself out in Nepal’s ancient cultural landscape, revealed in interacting social, economic and geographical forms, which include some of the worlds lowest, and its highest features. What is happening in the world is happening in Nepal. Small in geographical area, Nepal’s spectacular landscape […]

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Social experiment: Alice’s guitar lesson

SoX - Alice's guitar lesson

[This fictionalized real-life guitar lesson was also an experiment in enacting scenius — group/scene genius. Following the story of the lesson is the story of the scenius module that helped generate it. The story has already begun and is now addressing Alice:] Alice, these guitar lessons, and our conversations on many topics, benefit me in […]

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Not like school

After too many years, students are still telling me about not learning in school, about didactic presentation and rote learning. They do not like it. They are tuning out and have been doing so for years. After each gatekeeping test everybody just wants to forget the pointless torture and move on, remembering little of the […]

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The trick is to leap: enacting change

Klein Acosta

Walking a grid on the endless surface of a Klein bottle, an expedition team emerging from the inside (as from the top opening in the diagram), would gradually begin to see the outside of the bottle, realizing with each step, a new horizon of what had been otherness, until the edgeland is traversed and the […]

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Mysteries of the Ç®¥§†åÏ Çå√∑


Oenfi, who had waited in the cave for 3 billion turns around the Sun, since before Sagarmatha (Chomolungma, Mt Everest), before Gondwana, before Pangaea, Pannotia, Rodinia, and other great landmasses — who had since the time of Ur, waited — Oenfi.. waited. It was necessary to wait because that is how long it takes to […]

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Nepal trekking: Onward and upward


  ICEFALL DOCTORS A team of elite guides,  “icefall doctors” are engineering a safe route across the Khumbu glacier, toward Sagarmatha’s peak (Mt Everest), in the aftermath of last summer’s earthquake in Nepal: Work starts early: “If it’s good weather and we are at Base Camp, I start work at six in the morning. If […]

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Sceenius Knowledge Expeditions: What is below the surface?

Kaindy 3 divers

  What is below the surface of a Knowledge Expedition? It could be SPICE, the Sensemaking Platform for Immersive Collaborative Experiences, or the expertise of Sceenius guides and expediters. It could be the intentions of the people in the expedition, or the implicit meaning of the story they (we) enact, outcome unknown. It could be […]

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