Thinking

1st February
2012
written by Bstefan

As always Jason Silva tries to outperform himself, but raises a meaningful question: Are you in the human project? Am I?

Update: In addition to my first video post, I am in violent agreement with how he perceives the world, to understand is to perceive patterns.

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18th December
2011
written by Bstefan

Within the upcoming EMCSR 2012 European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research in April 2012 in Vienna, Austria, the Change the Game Initiative invites you to be part of an exciting gathering, a symposium in co-operation with the InCo Movement and the Giordano Bruno GlobalShift University:

“Enabling organizations for thrivability: New perspectives on form, structure and process in favor of human and societal prosperity.”

Participants:

  • will be invited from the academic areas of natural, biological, social, and technological systems to enrich these knowledge realms.
  • will be invited from the practical areas of design, creative industries, integral development, management, experiential psycho-therapy, and applied social anthropology to inform and be-informed by each other’s perspectives.

Content:

This symposium invites the participation of creative transdisciplinary thinkers and practitioners from all fields of inquiry and practice. Thinkers, designers, practitioners and researchers with experience in the sciences of life, energy, matter, cognition, cosmology as well as the social sciences and the humanities are welcome. 

The reunion offers a unique opportunity to come together and share a variety of viewpoints on a broad range of issues relating to emergent patterns, processes and relationships of life and living systems. Our wish is to provide a playspace where we can jointly curate the emergence of more sustainable and even thrivable systems. (more…)

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18th December
2011
written by Bstefan

It is a unique opportunity. 2012 I was appointed as the conference manager for the upcoming European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research in April 2012 in Vienna, Austria. I am excited to be part of the relaunch of an event series that made history in the past and will certainly make future in the present 😉

For everyone who is interested in meeting, sharing, inspiring, getting inspired, co-creating, and … here is the call:

We invite you to submit your extended abstract to the 21st European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research. Visit the website at http://www.emcsr.net!

The meeting will take place from April 10 to April 13, 2012, in Vienna, on the CampusoftheUniversityofVienna, Austria.

The time has come to reflect on the aims, the scope and the tools of a multitude of approaches. Platforms for the self-understanding of the whole field of cybernetics, systems research, the sciences of complexity are needed now more than ever. (more…)

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11th October
2011
written by Bstefan

I had a wonderful, but short experience giving my first online presentation to students at the Adelphi University, New York. I was invited by Pamela Buckle to introduce the Change the Game Initiative as well as some trends in social responsible business and sustainability in Europe and the global major shifts to her BA students in organizational behavior. While some of the students looked pretty puzzled at me (thanks to this wonderful technologies bridging the world) there are some trends developing in the midst of New York that even puzzle me.

Who could have ever imagined the development of the Occupy Wall Street Movement as it is covered in online as well as mainstream media? I followed the analysis on Fast Company.

And soon after I followed the profile of the documentary director Alex Mallis and watched another puzzling documentation. I never thought that there would be a food coop in New York making 40 million USD in 2010 (which is according to the documentary 10 millions more than an average Whole Foods) and providing the neighborhood with healthy and affordable food.

I guess, if necessary we people are not only innovative but also entrepreneurs “by nature”. It seems, that all we need are some like minded fellows sometimes to create the new models that will make the existing models obsolete.

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19th April
2011
written by Bstefan

YOU are at a party and the person in front of you is not really listening to you. Yes, she is murmuring occasional assent to your remarks, or nodding at appropriate junctures, but for the most part she is looking beyond you, scanning in search of something or someone more compelling.

Here’s the funny part: If she is looking over your shoulder at a room full of potentially more interesting people, she is ill-mannered. If, however, she is not looking over your shoulder, but into a smartphone in her hand, she is not only well within modern social norms, but is also a wired, well-put-together person.

Add one more achievement to the digital revolution: It has made it fashionable to be rude.

Funny to read, Ahem! Are You Talking to Me? (Or Texting?) – NYTimes.com sadley I know some of those people and I still call them my friends 😉

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