This sounds fascinating. If any list members attend, please drop an
email to the list with your impressions.
-- -- Grant Bowman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
THE MACRO*MEMETICS PROJECT - The Design, Leadership, and Transformation of Large-Scale, Complex Systems and Resolution of Major Conflict Situations (The term "memetics" comes from the concept of "memes," the value system codes that form cultures and emerge in societies in response to life conditions.)
A number of forces are now converging to put even a greater emphasis on finding new and fresh ways to deal with large scale problems and challenges. These "macro" groupings range from whole communities to emerging city-states to multi-layered cultures to far-reaching corporate entities and, of course, to the global meshwork itself. Attempts to apply micro-scale (personal) and meso-scale (organizational) solutions to these interconnected and dynamic macro-scale environments have been "weighed in the balance and found to be wanting."
In short, the complexity levels and global demands within our 21st Century problems and conditions of human existence have out-stripped our collective capacities to deal with them. When this happens to bacteria colonies and virus clusters, they re calibrate their informational and instructional codes to outsmart, outmaneuver, and outperform their external threats. So must we.
M*M will be co-sponsored by the Ken Wilber Integral Institute Worldwide, The Arlington Institute (Virginia, USA) and the Adizes Graduate School (Santa Barbara, California).
The dates for M*M are December 14-16 in Washington, DC.
A simulation more than a formal workshop or seminar, the M*M Project includes a new Spiral Dynamics Scenario program, to be designed and implemented by John Petersen of Arlington. Participants will work through a specific case-study in large-scale systems whether a community-wide initiative, transformation of a large corporation or school system, major changes in conflicts within a complex culture, or even profound shifts in an entire society. In addition to the simulation/scenario activity, participants will be introduced to such concepts as vMemetic Codes and their emergence; the design of Vital Sign Monitors using GIS technology to "measure" and "monitor" large-scale systems, as well as a number of conceptual models calibrated to wrap around or overlay onto complex situations. M*M will begin with a presentation of Spiral Dynamics, the concept that was featured in Ken Wilber's recent book A Theory of Everything.
MORE DETAILS: http://www.arlingtoninstitute.org/futuredition/macromimetics.htm
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