Archive for the ‘interconnectedness’ Category

Big and Small

March 26, 2008

We are beginning to realize that we need to look at all of it, that everything is interconnected.  It’s not just the knee bone that’s connected to the thigh bone, but probably my right elbow and a taxi cab.  Everything is interconnected. But saying that, even seeing that highlights the essential problem we face.

Because at the same time that we see the complex relationships that exist, we also see that each piece of ‘all of it’ has smaller and smaller components.  And there’s research and development going on in each of these components.  So there are no side effects, there are only effects.

The implications are staggering.  How can we determine anything?  How can we live in this world of best guesses, particularly when some of the consequences can be calamitous?  We cannot even study the relevant documentation, because we first have to determine what is most relevant and then read and digest it.  This is more than formidable.

When butterflies flitting in Shanghai can cause typhoons in Missouri, it’s hard to deal with global warming.  When a sub-chemical of PVCs in toys can cause reduced male genitalia in children, it’s hard to deal with product safety.  And on and on and on.  Our knowledge has led us to the road that’s paved with good intentions and our question is how to drive.

I again recommend the movie Mindwalk – a movie, released in the US in 1991-1992 and still totally current.  It stars Liv Ullman (the holistic physicist), Sam Waterson (the Senator) and John Heard (the Poet) – with extraordinary settings and interesting score.  It’s a movie worth thinking inside of, almost scene by scene
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I will be launching a teleseminar sometime next month – It’s one of my dreams.  I’ve been writing recently about the new kind of coaching I do, that I call Coaching 2.0.  But I realized that writing about it is that and experiencing it is something else – like the difference between watching a game and playing it.  I’ve been researching this and as soon as I figure a few things out, I’ll let you know about it.  Stay tuned.

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