Today I dropped a whole series of tweets that are part of an understanding I am working on. Each nuggets lives alone, but the whole, I hope, is greater than the parts, and thus I post it in whole here.
Hybridity. Transcend and include. Hard to see, wearing attributes of past paradigms when useful, past ideological fashion made functional.
Sometimes when you are inside of a thing, it is mighty tricky to pull your eyeballs out far enough to see what you are in.
Zoooooooooom way way out. Look as if an alien anthropologist at 10 years, 20, 50, 100 and see patterns, movement, fractals, direction.
The very idea of paradigm shifts (Kuhn) begets an age where no concept is presumed static. Flow, shift, evolve. The process of becoming.
Everything as prototype (nods to @ladyniasan) Government, business, product, like software releases, always todays version open to iterate
Nature knows prototyping, she is always modifying. She doesn’t want yesterday’s world, she is making tomorrow’s by leveling up complexity.
It isn’t about truth, ideals, pure states, pure extremes. It is iteration toward what is useful. Let go of answers. Stick with Questions!
I don’t mean questions like: can this scale? or did we price this right?
I mean questions like:
- in 5, 10, 25, 50 years, can we still operate under this purpose?
- do my actions and choices contribute to the ecosystems that support me/us? do I or we fit in the ecosystems we are entering? And if not yet, how do we expand them to include us while encouraging the life of the whole interdependent systems to evolve?
- how have we made room for ourselves to evolve? For what we do to evolve?
- how am I being a contribution here? how am I allowing others to be a contribution?
- what about this creates meaning for me, for those it touches, and for future society?
- are we having fun yet? How can we encourage play, whimsy, emotion, serendipity, and synchronicity to join us?
These are the questions. The answers are not static. The system isn’t static. The interlocking systems of systems are not static. The answers change. Find good questions and stick with them.
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