This page contains additional resources for the Mindset & Posture class.
Lecture – 3.19.2018
Additional Resources: Mindset & Posture
The film Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview provides an overview of the global situation that Transition Design aspires to help address and discusses ways in which this transition might be catalysed. In addition to this film’s exploration of the emergence of a new worldview, it touches on many of the key themes within the four areas of the Transition Design Framework.
The video below discusses the life and work of Norwegian philosopher and founder of Deep Ecology Arne Naess and features interviews from many well known environmentalists. Deep Ecology advocates an expanded notion of ‘the self” that is able to identify and empathise not only with other humans, but with the natural world.
The Call of the Mountain: Arne Naess and the Deep Ecology Movement, directed by Jan van Boeckel, 1997
In the video below, businessman Ray Anderson describes the epiphany that shifted his mindset towards an ecological worldview. He subsequently led the transformation of his company, Interface, in pioneering sustainable carpeting.
Reality for Change, 2011
In the video below philosopher and physicist Henri Borfoft introduces the phenomenological approach to science that was pioneered by Wolfgang von Goethe. He argues that science cannot be decontextualized, that it is always embedded in the culture and history of its era, and asks what it means to say that we ‘know the world?’
Schumacher College, Devon, UK
Berrett Koehler, 2008
The Architect Christopher Alexander has written extensively on his ideas about wholeness and design. In his early work, A Pattern Language he outlines aspects of wholeness and ‘life’ found in the things we design. Below is a brief interview in which he discusses these concepts.
Video from NPR, 2005
Discussion – 3.21.2018
Additional Resources: Critique of the Mechanistic Worldview
This page contains additional resources for the Worldview class.
From: “I Love Lucy”, the episode in which Lucy and Ethel work in an overly mechanized chocolate factory
Video from Sociology Live!, 2015
George Ritzer’s concept of the McDonaldization of Society was informed by the work of sociologist Max Weber who first demonstrated how the principles of rationalization had been applied to social organization, leading to overly bureaucratic forms of government.
Video from The School of Life, 2015
And now for something completely different:
John Cleese, “The Scientists”, 2008
In the video from the link below, the founder and CEO of Interface carpets, Ray Anderson talks about his epiphany that led him to transition a multi-million dollar company to a more sustainable future.
Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric in this RSA video entitled The Power of Outtrospection argues that we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselves, and that we need to learn “to expand our empathic imaginations forwards through time as well as across space”.
Video from the RSA, UK, 2011
The video below from the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), UK visualizes a lecture by neurologist, philosopher and author Iain McGilchrist. In it he argues that the right and left hemispheres of the brain enable us to perceive and interact with the world in fundamentally different ways: the right perceives wholes, contextualizes phenomena and tries to be aware of as much as possible; the left focuses on parts, decontextualizes phenomena, separates subject from object and strives for efficiency and control. In our era, the modus operandi of the left hemisphere has usurped that of the right, which has led to “our present predicament”.
Video from the RSA, UK, 2011
Discussion – 3.26.2018
Additional Resources: The Holistic Worldview
This page contains additional resources for the The Holistic Worldview class.
Ecologist and author Satish Kumar talks about a ‘new story’ for humanity, based upon a more ecological, holistic worldview.
Findhorn New Story Community, 2014
Video by Rerun Boekel, 2009
Dr. Stephan Harding, ecologist/scientist, coordinator of the MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College and author of Animate Earth talks about science, intuition and Gaia and the characteristics of a new worldview. The interview takes place on the grounds of Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies in Devon, UK.
Schumacher College, 2016
Video from Naked Science, 2009
Video from The Mind and Life Conference XXVI, 2013
Discussion – 3.28.2018
Additional Resources: Temporal Thinking
The link below will take you to a page on the Long Now website where you can listen to a podcast with Stewart Brand talking about the ‘pace’ layers of civilization and the different speeds at which they move.
Discussion – 4.2.2018
Additional Resources: Place-based Thinking
Lecture – 4.4.2018
Additional Resources: Mindset and Posture of a Transition Designer
This page contains additional resources for the Mindset and Posture of a Transition Designer class.
The video below is by Matt Koschmann, a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In it, he discusses the importance of collaboration and the concept ‘collabor-ation design’ — how we develop structures for productive collaboration and the process we go through to achieve it.
Video by Matt Koschmann
Professor Alex Pentland directs MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship program. In the video below he discusses the dynamics of human interaction in order to understand what behaviors, patterns of communication and types of body language are conducive to collaboration.
Video from The School of Life, 2013
In the video below, ‘Let Go and Lead’, Meg Wheatley argues that if leaders want to encourage productivity and creativity, they should to give up trying control people within their organizations, and allow them to self-organize.
Gagen MacDonald, 2012
Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody talks about the disruptive power of collaboration.
Video from McKinsey & Co., 2014