Tools For The Journey

“Human Operating System Literacy” and “Systems Literacy” presentations – Jan 21 and 28 in Seattle

The “Tools For The Journey” set of Foundation Stones presentations will be on the last two Wednesdays in January. If you are (or will be) in the Seattle area, save the dates — 6:30 pm on Jan 21 and Jan 28, 2015. If you know people in the area, please encourage them to come. These […]

Systems Thinking In Action
Online Conference

I’ll be one of the keynote presenters in the first online Systems Thinking In Action Conference. The conference runs for five weeks – from August 5th to September 4th – with a fresh keynote presentation each week and lots of ways to engage – Plenary :: World Cafe :: Open Space :: Podcasts :: Forums. […]

Meet Your Mind - Introduction

Meet Your Mind – Introduction

(This article follows Two Essential Literacies in the FS Main Thread.) This is the first in the Meet Your Mind series of articles aimed at providing the core concepts needed to provide a practical understanding of how our minds work, an understanding I call hOS literacy. If you have gotten to this article via the Foundation Stones […]

Two Essential Literacies

Two Essential Literacies

(This article follows The Burden And The Gift Of Culture in the FS Main Thread.) There are two essential literacies (in the sense of basic competences) that we need in order to understand ourselves, our culture, and our world in the 21st century: That’s the basic message of this article, but let me fill in […]

hOS and the Burden/Gift of Culture

I’ve posted two additional articles in the Tools For The Journey section: The Human Operating System (hOS) uses an analogy with smart phones to identify the part of innate human nature that is most important to understand so that we can be effective cultural change agents. The Burden And The Gift Of Culture goes deeper […]

The Burden And The Gift Of Culture

(This post follows The Human Operating System in the FS Main Thread.) Like fish in water, we are so immersed in our culture that it is hard to clearly see what culture is and how it functions. Yet we need this clear vision if we are to understand the world around us and be constructive […]

The Human Operating System

The Human Operating System

(This article follows Culture As Interface in the FS Main Thread.) If we are going to use the culture-as-interface framework, … … we will need an operational sense of what we mean by “innate human nature.” Trying to understand “innate human nature” in relation to culture has been challenging in the past, but I’m hopeful […]

Introducing “culture as interface”

Today I posted a video and an article that introduce a simple, powerful, big-picture framework for understanding how culture fits into its context. The framework is called culture as interface. It’s important groundwork on which the Foundation Stones rest. The 8-minute animated video, created in Motion, is an experimental first for this site. I’ll be […]

Image Sources For Culture As Interface Video

This are the sources for various images used in the video, An Introduction To Culture As Interface: Migration map — National Geographic Maps, Atlas of the Human Journey via http://www.utexas.edu/features/2007/ancestry/ Bushmen — http://www.africaboundadventures.com/namibia-highlights Egypt — http://www.mitchellteachers.org/WorldHistory/AncientEgyptNearEastUnit /IllustratedJournalsAncientEgyptDailyLife.html Stonehenge — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Stonehenge_Distance.jpg Rome — http://rutgersclassics.wordpress.com/2008/12/10/ru-classics-gears-up-for-january-2009-apaaia-joint-annual-meetings-in-philadelphia/ China — http://www.absolutechinatours.com/china-travel/China-Elite-Culture.html Tokyo — http://cities.wikia.com/wiki/Tokyo Buildings — http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/html/bis/bis.shtml Clothing — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Well-clothed_baby.jpg […]

Culture-As-Interface In Its Historical Context

Culture-As-Interface In Its Historical Context

This is a companion article to Culture As Interface that provides more depth on how the culture-as-interface framework is connected to the history of related concepts. Early on in my exploration of a framework (such as culture-as-interface) I like to get to know how others have used that framework or frameworks like it. What do […]

Culture As Interface

(This piece follows The Dynamic Planetary Context in the FS Main Thread.) This article introduces a framework for understanding and assessing cultures and their institutions. This framework will serve as a simple but powerful guide in our search for viable institutions that, working together, can enable the thriving sustainable cultures of the future. I’ve created […]

The Dynamic Life of Long-Term Memory

The Dynamic Life of Long-Term Memory

This is the second in a series of articles about how our minds work, aimed at better understanding how to facilitate faster and more graceful cultural change. Please see Taking Einstein Seriously for an overall introduction. Long-term memory is what we often think of simply as “memory” and it is the repository of everything we […]

Working Memory

Working Memory

This is the first in a series of articles about how our minds work, aimed at better understanding how to facilitate faster and more graceful cultural change. Please see Taking Einstein Seriously for an overall introduction. The conscious part of our minds, the place where our attention is focused, is at the heart of all […]

Tools For The Journey

This is the home page for Foundation Stone 2: “Tools For The Journey.” We are just at the beginning of the Foundation Stones project and expect this section to grow substantially in the coming months. Description Issue addressed: What conceptual tools do we need to understand culture and how to change it? Core concept: Culture is a dynamic, evolving […]