3rd June 2007 | Draft
In Quest of "Meta-Union"?
Interplay of generic dimensions of any "union of international
- / -
Development of the argument in Dynamic
Reframing of "Union": implications for the coherence of knowledge, social
organization and personal identity (2007)
The following table is a (very tentative) exercise in generalizing the
significance of "union", "international" and "associations". The upper portion
of the table highlights "union" as emergent identity, "inter-" as indicative
of a generic form of bonding across boundaries, with "associations" as
the content of what might be potentially interrelated by the previous two.
The table highlights the particular features of the
strategic initiatives (separately
described) that correspond to generic understandings of "union",
"inter-" and "associations" -- all such features calling
for refinement through a conceptual "tuning" of the 12-fold array.
It is possible that the 12 zones of that portion of the table
are indicative of 12 "languages" appropriate
to sustainable governance [more]
-- as an extension of Edward de Bono's metaphorical argument for "6
hats" and "6
shoes" in strategic management dialogue .
The references below the table point to related explorations of these issues
-- although other references are indicated as resources on the websites
of the four strategic initiatives linked below.
between 4 strategic initiatives in terms of their exemplification of
3 ordering characteristics [tentative]
|bonding (across boundaries)
Union of Imaginative Associations
|coherent (design) concept
improbable focus /
||viable ecosystemic integrity / biodiversity as a self-sustaining process
|Union of the
||existentially coherent self-questioning / paradoxical transcendence
(catastrophe theory, koans)
||(intriguing) challenges to assumptions of coherence /
riddles / humour
|inexplicables / incompatible insights / catastrophe / tragedy
The above presentation can be usefully extended in a more
complex set of tables as a means of exploring the relation of its dimensions
to categories (such as problems, values, strategies, etc), to the complex
plane, and to traditional patterns of symbols.
In an effort to interrelate the four initiatives in the light of their three-fold
attributes, the logo below used on the website of each of them (in distinct
orientations) calls for some further comment. [Note that access to the
websites of each initiative can be achieved by clicking on the corresponding
coloured circle -- as is the case from each of those websites]
The image has the merit of holding the 4 contrasting initiatives, each
indicated in a 3-fold manner. Arguably the circles holding each of the 4
can be associated with the particular understandings of "union" -- with
the particular "associations" in the outermost (coloured) smaller circle
within, whilst the "inter-" dimension is held by the (uncoloured) inner circle.
Faintly circumscribing the whole is a circle indicative of some form of "meta-union".
In an effort to focus these concerns on engagement in immediate global challenges,
the symbol (derived from the Basque lauburu )
was first used in a "playful
exploration of ecopsychological embodiment of climate change pathways"
Changing the Prevailing Climate of Opinion Climate change as focal metaphor
of effective global governance, 2005).
Of course such a 2 dimensional image raises interesting questions as to
whether an appropriate "roundtable" representative of the 12 "languages"
would be more fruitfully represented in 3 dimensions to avoid diminishing
(or privileging) the signifance of any.
The implications of such a representation have been discussed separately
of Intelligible Associations: remembering dynamic identity through a dodecameral
mind, 2005) -- notably with respect to its implementation
(or recognition) in a virtual environment (Spherical
Configuration of Interlocking Roundtables: Internet enhancement of global
self-organization through patterns of dialogue, 1998).
- Dynamic Reframing
of "Union": implications for the coherence of knowledge, social organization
and personal identity, 2007 [text]
- Emergence of a Union
of Imaginative Associations: engendered by a Union of Intelligible Associations
from a Union of International Associations, 2007 [text]
Self-reflexive Global Initiatives: Renaissance zones, complex adaptive
systems, and third order organizations, 2007 [text]
Significance of the Mandelbrot Set: a sustainable boundary between chaos
and order, 2005 [text]
of Intelligible Associations: remembering dynamic identity through
a dodecameral mind, 2005 [text]
- 12 Complementary
Languages for Sustainable Governance, 2003 [text]
- Typology of 12 complementary strategies, 1998 [text]
- Typology of 12 complementary dialogue modes essential to sustainable
dialogue, 1998 [text]
Configuration of Interlocking Roundtables: Internet enhancement of
global self-organization through patterns of dialogue, 1998 [text]
- Transdisplinarity-3 as the Emergence of Patterned Experience: transcending:
duality as the conceptual equivalent of learning to walk, 1994 [text]
- Patterns of Conceptual Integration, 1984 [text]
- Criteria for an Adequate Meta-model, 1971 [text]