Action research Action research is either research initiated to solve an immediate problem or a reflective process of progressive problem solving led by individuals working with others in teams or as part of a "community of practice" to improve the way they address issues and solve problems. There are two types of action research: participatory action research and practical action research. Denscombe (2010, p. 6) writes that an action research strategy's purpose is to solve a particular problem and to produce guidelines for best practice. Action research involves actively participating in a change situation, often via an existing organization, whilst simultaneously conducting research. Meditation and Mindfulness Mindfulness is not thinking, interpreting, or evaluating; it is an awareness of perception. It is a nonjudgmental quality of mind which does not anticipate the future or reflect back on the past. Any activity can be done with mindfulness. Talking on the telephone, cleaning your home, driving, working, and exercising can all be incorporated into a mindfulness practice. Throughout the day, inwardly pause and become very aware of where you are, what you are doing, and how you are feeling.
How to Design Culture: 16 Patterns to Build Adaptive Learning Organizations How do we form learning cultures in times of accelerating change? What tools and practices can self-organizing structures implement to become more agile and adaptive? I just received a copy of a new book by Dan Mezick called The Culture Game, which is all about answering the above inquiry. It touts itself as “the reference manual and toolbox for management “culture hackers,” those innovators and change-makers who are focused on creating a culture of learning inside their team…and the wider organization.” I’ve known Dan now for the better part of this year, and he’s been feeding me these tips, which are totally changing the ways I approach my own personal growth and development, as well as how I’m interacting with others.
The Tree of Contemplative Practices The Tree illustrates some of the contemplative practices currently in use in secular organizational and academic settings. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list. Below the Tree you will find links to descriptions of many of these practices as well as a more in-depth description of the Tree and image files for downloading. U-procedure and Theory U U-procedure and Theory U is a change management method to change unproductive patterns of behavior. It was developed by Dr Friedrich (Fritz) Glasl and Dirk Lemson of the NPI (Netherlands Pedagogical Institute) in 1968 and presented systematically from the 1980s. It has been used in organisation development and social development since that time. Following Dr Glasl's special interest in conflict issues, the method has also been explicitly developed to handle to the consciousness and process issues associated with relational dynamics and conflict resolution. Since the early 2000s it has been elaborated as Theory U (also called "U" methodology) by C. Otto Scharmer, incorporating also his theories of presencing and capitalism 3.0. This work itself draws on collaboration between Scharmer and his colleagues Peter Senge, Joseph Jaworski and Betty Sue Flowers.
The Co-Inteligence Institute Dialogue Conversation is thinking in its natural state. Thinking is the conversation within us.... Words began in human beings in the process of transforming gregariousness into co-operation. -- Malvina Reynolds Not all communication is dialogue. Professional Education and Training - Mindfulness - UMass Medical School Oasis Institute began in 2001 as a school for a new generation of health care and other professionals interested in learning, from the inside out, how to integrate mindfulness, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and other mindfulness-based approaches into disciplines and communities all over the world. While this is our primary focus, Oasis Institute has a more fundamental objective, which is to foster a direct, experiential understanding that inner experience, intuition, imagination, and non-conceptual awareness are as crucial and valid as objective, evidence-based knowledge to an understanding of the world. Oasis Institute is a rigorous forum for the development and integration of these mutually effective, interdependent approaches to knowing, caring, and serving. BECOMING AN MBSR TEACHER“Cultivating wisdom is the teacher’s path.
Bohm Dialogue Bohm Dialogue (also known as Bohmian Dialogue or "Dialogue in the Spirit of David Bohm") is a freely-flowing group conversation in which participants attempt to reach a common understanding, experiencing everyone's point of view fully, equally and nonjudgementally. This can lead to new and deeper understanding. The purpose is to solve the communication crises that face society, and indeed the whole of human nature and consciousness. It utilizes a theoretical understanding of the way thoughts relate to universal reality.
A Scientific and Philosophical Assessment: The singularity as a phase transition (extended abstract) Béla Nagy, Santa Fe InstituteJ.Doyne Farmer, Santa Fe Institute John Paul Gonzales, Santa Fe Institute The Finite Time Singularity Scenario In his seminal article about “The Coming Technological Singularity” Vinge (1993) quotes how Ulam (1958) paraphrased John von Neumann as saying: “One conversation centered on the ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life, which gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue.” Of course, we can only guess exactly what kind of singularity the great Hungarian-born American mathematician had in mind, but one such guess is a finite time singularity, i.e. a mathematical singularity that can occur by trying to divide with zero.
The Best Definition of Singularity The term Singularity has many definitions. The everyday English definition of Singularity is a noun that designates the quality of being one of a kind, strange, unique, remarkable or unusual. For a more specific definition of Singularity we can search The Wiktionary where we get the following five Singularity definitions: 1. the state of being singular, distinct, peculiar, uncommon or unusual2. a point where all parallel lines meet3. a point where a measured variable reaches unmeasurable or infinite value4. (mathematics) the value or range of values of a function for which a derivative does not exist5. (physics) a point or region in spacetime in which gravitational forces cause matter to have an infinite density; associated with Black Holes
A Taxonomy of Singularities: Comparing the Literature on Systems of Accelerating Change A Preliminary Singularity Taxonomy: Six Types Briefly, the following six singularity types, in four apparent general classes (mathematical, physical, computational, and developmental), each have their own semi-independent literature. Comparing and contrasting them can be quite illuminating. 1. Mathematical singularities (the oldest singularity literature available) are systems of equations that lead, under certain conditions, to infinities, uncomputability, or irreversible emergences.