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Faster, bigger, more complex, more powerful. This is the vocabulary of modern life we often draw upon to describe our science, technology and human interactions. But maybe the very way we language our world separates us from living more integrally in connection with these fields. If something is so big and fast and complicated, how can we have a relationship to it that is useful or enduring?
Each of the articles we have gathered for you addresses a shift that needs to take place so we can take ownership of our science, technology and communication at a more personal and local level. A shift from fast science to slow science, from big data to deeper data, from ‘defining’ our world to ‘characterizing’ it, and a shift to an international relations based not on the hegemony of a single nation or group of nations, but on regional interdependence. We hope you find these essays encouraging. At Kosmos we believe the more beautiful, equitable world we long for is within our reach and we see the signs of transformation everywhere and at every level: personal, local, regional and global – in our ways of thinking and acting, within our social institutions, and in alignment with an emerging, living and intentional universe.We admire the authors in this newsletter greatly: Otto Scharmer, Craig Holdrege, Douglas Rushkoff, Amitav Acharya – true visionary thinkers.
Your voice is equally valuable! We want to remind you the deadline for reader’s essays is in a few days – August 15. Please use the form at the website to send your submisions.
And lastly, check out a special global concert event for the International Day of Peace, September 21. We will have a full listing of events for this day, which is sure to be historic, in our next newsletter.
Until then, we at Kosmos send you deepest peace and joy.
In this Kosmos Journal article from one summer ago, Craig Holdrege describes an approach to teaching science that relies on ‘characterizing’ rather than ‘defining’. This is a simple shift in thinking that can much better prepare future scientists to adapt to changing demands on earth.
“You could say that all real knowing is ecological knowing—knowing how something is part of a larger, dynamic context. If we can bring students into this way of knowing, we are preparing them for a life in a world that will not offer them pat solutions, but demand from them the ability to grow and form new ideas in relation to new and unforeseen demands.” -Craig Holdrege
In the inaugural edition of The Technologist, Douglas Rushkoff offers a brief essay about shifting our thinking away from ‘present shock’ interventions to preventions:
“…it’s an emphasis on obvious fixes to calamity, rather than long-term approaches to prevention. So in medicine, for example, we have developed some terrific chemotherapies for cancer, while refusing to grant serious attention to the role of nutrition, herbs or, dare I even mention them, chiropractic and homeopathy on a patient’s wellness. The real abhorrence of such modalities may have less to do with unscientific foundations than with their paucity of dramatic results. A patient population that is less likely to contract cancer or diabetes may be a statistical victory, but it’s hardly as dramatic as a cure.” – Douglas Rushkoff
From his blog, Otto Scharmer, Senior Lecturer at MIT, and founding chair of the Presencing Institute writes about the value of Deep Data over Big Data:
“The one thing that I have learned from all these projects is that the key to transformative change is to make the system see itself. That’s why deep data matters. It matters to the future of our institutions, our societies, and our planet.” – Otto Scharmer
Amitav Acharya is an Indian-born Canadian scholar and professor of international relations at American University, Washington, D.C., where he holds the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance at the School of International Service, and serves as the chair of the ASEAN Studies Center.
“Stability of a multiplex world would be attained through shared leadership among the rising and established powers as well as regional and civil society groups. This G-Plus World requires a genuinely reformed system of global governance and greater recognition by the West of the voices and aspirations of the Rest.” –
MasterPeace in Concert is a series of global concert events to be held in over 60 countries on the International Day of Peace, September 21, 2014. Artists from all over the world will perform to fuel dialogue and celebrate diversity. The concert will focus the world’s attention on the universal longing for a sustainable world, […]
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