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Edition-113 of Delicacies. Last one of 2017. Happy new year! As usual, max 5 articles that I found interesting and worth re-reading. Handpicked, no robots. Minimalism in curation. Enjoy!

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Edition-112 of Delicacies: As usual, max 5 articles that I found interesting and worth re-reading. Handpicked, no robots. Minimalism in curation. Enjoy!

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Edition-111 of Delicacies: As usual, max 5 articles that I found interesting and worth re-reading. Handpicked, no robots. Minimalism in curation. Enjoy!

If you can’t get enough of these and want more than 5 articles, I have created an extended version of Petervan’s Delicacies in REVUE. If you want more than 5 links, you can subscribe here: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/petervan

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This trend is part of my five trends for human advancement. For an overview and background, check here:

Structure Kanaal Axel Vervoordt

Kanaal Site – Axel Vervoordt – Wijnegem, Antwerp

Deeply influenced by the work of Robert Fritz on structural conflict and structural tension, and that structure drives everything, I have become dissatisfied by the responsive reaction in many organisations that can be summarised as “what problem are you trying to solve?” It is too solutionist, reductionist to my tasting, and I prefer Robert’s suggestion of the creative orientation of the artist/creator who is not solving a problem but develops mastery to create what she really wants.

Combining Robert’s insight with that of many others like Leandro Herrero and Niels Phlaeging, I have come to the following condensation:

“Structure drives flow drives behaviour drives culture drives change”

Like changing/influencing the structure of a building or a riverbed, we can influence the high quality information flows in organisations. These changed flows lead to different behaviours that on their term drive culture. In the end culture drives change and advancement.

It would be great if we could create a baseline for humanistic advancement and track its progress over generations, driven by structural interventions. A new sort of humanistic index based high quality connections, respect for the collective unconscious, a coherence between narrative, motives and governance, all powered with a desire for aesthetical, moral and spiritual advancement. In other words: growing better, not necessarily bigger.

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This trend is part of my five trends for human advancement. For an overview and background, check here:

During my sabbatical, I had the luxury of visiting many art related expositions and retrospectives. I have been particularly struck by the beauty ànd the intensity of work from artists like Dries Van Noten (celebrated Belgian fashion designer), Rem Koolhaas, Winy Maas and Ricardo Bofill (renowned architects), and the urban (packaging) projects of Christo and Jean Claude.

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Prep sketch Christo and Jean Claude retrospective Nov 2017 
Picture by Petervan

Why are they heroes? For one because of the high quality work they produced, the intensity of their work, and the high level of preparation in everything they do. Advancement in aesthetics has a lot to do with it. But there is always a dimension of moral and spiritual advancement as well.

For a better humanistic future, everything important will have a dimension of aesthetic, moral and spiritual advancement.

 


 

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This trend is part of my five trends for human advancement. For an overview and background, check here:

As described in trend-2, patrimony is stored memory of the underlying structure of an organisation. Culture as recorded know-how. To advance humanistic organisations we need to advance this structure. Structure is more than organisational structure like hierarchies or non-hierarchies. The structure is about coherence between narrative, motives and governance (with thanks to Jean Russell @nurturegirl).

  • Narrative: John Hagel has written a lot about the difference between stories and narratives. A story is well, a story: with a beginning, middle and an end, tied together by a plot. A narrative has a sense of purpose, has a call for action, and can rally humans to a new destination. I would argue that a good narrative moves an organisation beyond “building to spec”. I remember a narrative of a small family business that was specialised in building and restoring old baroque organs. Their humanistic ambition was not just to have developed mastery and craftsmanship in building organs to spec. No, their ambition was to create an instrument that would give the musician an extraordinary musical experience.

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Baroque organ

 

  • Motives: John Haidt has written a whole book about it (“The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom), describing the motivations of the rider and the elephant. The unconscious elephant is motivated by reciprocity, prestige, self-serving biases, power, hypocrisy, arrogance and entitlement. To be truly humanistic, we need to appreciate another level of motivation, the motivation of “we”. Here we are in the territory of motivations such as care, tradition, craftsmanship, beauty, proportion, sacredness, and infinite games.

 

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Human noise – Petervan Productions 2016

 

  • Governance: we are slowly progressing on the spectrum from centralised to centralised to distributed governance. The traditional metaphor for change is the “Castle & Sandbox” metaphor of separating core and innovation activities of organisations. I have come to realise that we need another metaphor that is based on that of cities. As Geoffrey West pointed out in his research, Cities never die, even when more complexity is added. It would make more sense these days to think in terms of distributed, networked governance, organised like “Kasbahs”, a web of innovation and advancement initiatives, transparent to all, and governed by self organizing mobs. This is however not a call for the “gig-economy”, as many gigs are piece-mealed shit-jobs, driven by non-human algorithms, leading to a precariat experience of work.

 

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Picture of a Khasba

 

To advance humanistic organisations we need to advance their coherence between narrative, motives and governance.

 

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This trend is part of my five trends for human advancement. For an overview and background, check here:

Calm Work cropped

Calm containers – Petervan Productions 2017

Any change or advancement happens between human beings, in the relationship, in the connection and exchange. The quality of our human connections is indicative of the quality of emerging change. But what is a high quality connection? My good friend Tom Laforge (@TomLaForge) described it as “one where information transfer is rapid, reliable, and noise free”.

Noise free that is of intrinsic motivations such as prestige, reciprocity, self serving bias, power games, etc.

High quality connections work like non-verbal direct connections between two brains, tapping into the unconscious of the soul. In that sense, art can be a noise free communication between the artist’s resonance with (sur)reality and the mind of the receiver.

A humanist future requires a high quality connection where information transfer is rapid, reliable and noise free of intrinsic motivations such as prestige, reciprocity, self serving bias, and power games. A high quality connection is a direct connection of minds and souls.

 

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