[unrev-II] Cultivating the Songlines of the Noosphere

From: Jack Park (jackpark@thinkalong.com)
Date: Thu Jul 19 2001 - 11:09:28 PDT

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    This strikes me as important to bootstrapping and to constructivist
    learning, which, in some sense, is what bootstrapping is all about.


    "The gathering of people in Budapest was effectively the first attempt to
    give form and relevance to the archetypal "policy-making" encounter
    explored in Herman Hesse's Magister Ludi and other less known works (cf
    Alan Dean Foster: Game Players of Zan). The concern was to build an
    alliance of art, literature and spirituality in response to the challenge
    of both human survival and evolution, whether individual or collective.
    The distinguishing feature of the gathering was the manner in which
    insights from the process of artistic creativity were embodied in the
    organization and processes of the event -- considered as the "material"
    constraining and inspiring the artistic possibilities of the moment. The
    intent was to use the gathering itself to engender an "elixir of
    transformation" from which wider society could benefit. This could only be
    done by acting with presence in the moment to give appropriate form to what
    could be more widely shared.
    The gathering acknowledged the trap of conventional meetings in which
    representatives of various perspectives make presentations in an effort to
    design and colonize the future of others who cannot be present. The failure
    to creatively manifest new behaviour and organization in such meetings has
    been reflected in the subsequent failure of their work in responding to the
    challenges of wider society. Recognizing that a "A trap is a function of
    the nature of the trapped" (Geoffrey Vickers), the transformative challenge
    was seen to lie in co-creating in the present. Instead of seeking to avoid
    this trap, the meeting sought to integrate the behaviours associated with
    the trap into new understanding.
    Explanations of such a catalytic event are themselves misleading traps. Any
    such attempt -- as an ex-planation --effectively displaces the focus of
    attention out of the grounded plane of the present moment from which it
    derived both its essential meaning and its wider significance. How indeed
    does art both carry the insights of the spirit and entrain more fruitfully
    transformative behaviour -- and the social and conceptual organization to
    sustain it?
    The diversity of perspectives present in the configuration of insights
    assembled at Budapest was therefore a challenge to any understanding of
    what was occurring. Any understanding depended upon the capacity of the
    attentive individual to integrate this diversity into a meaningful pattern
    whose nature necessarily transcended those perspectives. The transformative
    effect of the gathering lay in the manner in which a participant's
    awareness was entrained by the interference effects, harmonies and
    oppositions that gave structure to that configuration of perspectives.
    The "effect" of the gathering on wider society lay in the transformation it
    engendered in those who subsequently endeavoured to understand what had
    occurred in the light of the various "products" that appeared to emanate
    from the gathering. In several senses, it was the meeting itself that was
    both "the message" and a transformative catalyst."

    Musical perspective
    Singing perspective
    Dramatic perspective
    Kinaesthetic perspective
    Poetic perspective
    Artistic perspective
    Gastronomic and olfactory perspective
    Humour perspective
    Magical perspective
    Weaving perspective
    Geometric perspective
    Angelic perspective
    Alchemical perspective
    Spiritual exercise perspective
    Aesthetic frameworks
    Challenge of human survival
    Substituting aesthetic organization for economic organization
    Songlines of the noosphere
    Aesthetics of differences
    Limitation of vision-based metaphors

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