Notes from June 10, 2015
A panel of three young, knowledgeable professionals, representing the fields of green architecture, engineering, construction and interior design spoke about how they were purpose-driven in each deciding to start their own companies. They were each determined to achieve business success (for themselves and their clients) by partnering with the planet.
Sean Moran founder of NewGrang Design Build, had a disturbing experience early in his career when he worked for a design construction company. …
I am pleased to present the June release of the April-June issue of the ILR. We have a delectable offering for you to enjoy. This month,
Edward Kelly Interviews Charles Handy
Michael Schwartz offers a tribute to Roy Bhaskar
Sahlan Momo explores language and universe
Jordan Luftig gives us a peak into ITC 2015
Sue McGregor’s Peer Reviewed article compares Nicolescuian and Zurich approaches to Transdisciplinarity
Dena Rosko shares her experiences with a Saybrook crisis management workshop
Gibbs, P. (Ed.). (2015). Transdisciplinary professional learning and practice. New York, NY: Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-11589-4; eBook ISBN 978-3-319-11590-0
Sue L. T. McGregor
This review profiles a recent edited collection about transdisciplinary professional learning and practice. It contains invited contributions, coordinated and edited by Dr. Paul Gibbs (Middlesex University in England). Although I wrote the first chapter, titled Transdisciplinary Knowledge Creation, I think I can share an objective review of the book.
This 200-page book contains an Introduction by the Editor …
“ How can one design or manufacture in a way that loves all of the children, of all species, for all time?” William McDonough and Michael Braungart
To understand the consciousness of violent designing, walk through any dollar store anywhere on the planet. Here, productive forces, harnessed for the sake of production itself, find their anticlimax. The conversion of finite resources into cheap commodities, worth less than the packaging they come in, is a pervasive type of violent …
Edward J. Kelly
Edward: Charles could we start by talking about your latest book The Second Curve and how you came up with the concept?
Charles: It has been around in my mind for quite a long time and I wrote about it originally 20 years ago. I was always intrigued by the first curve, the sigmoid curve, which people use. Well, particularly in business, they use it to describe the product life cycle. And then it seemed to me …
Bombastic! These are not thoughts these are stones, milestone of a human condition in which the self is both in itself and in the other. The other and the I, the eternal contenders turning partners to bear witness to a recovered unity. No longer the I and the Other, the other and the I, the other… The other? Words.
Words made up of letters, of interrelated meanings, engaging in mental tours with no outcome. Words.
Words of subtle …
(In Memory of Roy Bhaskar 1944-2014)
Roy Bhaskar, who passed away last fall, was a leading philosopher and meta-disciplinarian who founded the school of Critical Realism, an international academic movement encompassing many research domains, including an annual international conference, a peer-reviewed journal, and four active book series on Routledge press. Bhaskar himself wrote eleven books and edited many others, his philosophical itinerary now well documented. Starting out as a young man in economics in the 1960s, with emancipatory …
With one month before the fourth Integral Theory Conference gets underway, I have to say that the public’s perception of ITC 2015 probably falls short of the amazing reality we have in store for conference participants. We don’t have the requisite marketing and social media muscle at MetaIntegral Foundation, or through our new conference partner at Sonoma State University (SSU), The HUB: An Integral Center for Diversity, Vitality, and Creativity. As a result, folks may not know that …
Sue L. T. McGregor PhD Professor Emerita (MSVU)
Despite a “plurality of transdisciplinary models” (Nicolescu, 2008c, p. 13), the full range of transdisciplinarity has not yet been fully grasped and tabulated (du Plessis, Sehume, & Martin, 2013; Jahn, 2012). However, two approaches to transdisciplinary tend to prevail: (a) the Nicolescuian approach and (b) the Zurich approach (Klein, 2004, McGregor, 2014, 2015; Nicolescu, 2006, 2008c; Nowonty, 2003). People tend to cite one or the other of the two approaches (readily …
Crisis Management Workshop: Renton Washington: April 29, 2015 – May 1, 2015
I supported community engagement for the crisis management workshop and certificate program from Saybrook University. My team members included Roderick Campbell and Eric Dooley-Feldman, with faculty members Nancy Southern, Gary Metcalf, and Ian Mitroff.
The workshop was distinctive because it focused on a systems perspective for preparing for, managing, and responding to crises. Often this effort can include coordinating multiple partners.
Various city staff attended the …