I am very pleased to be able to announce the launch of The Foundations of Holonomics, a new series on Transition Consciousness. In this series of articles, those of you who have read Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter will be offered the chance to dive deeper into the teachings and insights, allowing you to explore many different but interrelated themes which are so relevant to the uncovering of solutions to the many social, ecological, design and organisational problems we are facing today.
The topics and questions this series will be exploring include:
- Understanding wholeness in systems thinking;
- How we can develop our observational skills through changing our way of seeing;
- How we can become more creative in our thinking by understanding the manner in which phenomena in the world appear to us;
- How to develop critical thinking skills by exploring the different ways in which we construct and know our world;
- The role language plays in the way in which we experience reality;
- How we can develop a science of qualities which can complement qualitative scientific, engineering and design methodologies;
- How we can deepen our connection to nature as opposed to simply experiencing ourselves as separate from nature.
The way in which I will be presenting this series is through publishing for the first time Henri Bortoft’s 2011 lectures from Schumacher College, accompanied by selected readings from his seminal work, Taking Appearance Seriously: The Dynamic Way of Seeing in Goethe and European Thought. In this manner, you will have an incredibly rich opportunity to develop a radically aware way of thinking and of understanding wholeness in nature, physics, biology, literature, art, design and organisations which will help you to explore and comprehend the world and our human experience of it in a more integrated, connected and active manner.
In doing so, you will develop powerful new insights and a deeper level of understanding of what Maria and I term Holonomics, an approach to business which enables profound organisational transformation through the dynamic way of seeing, systems thinking, human values and a phenomenological and hermeneutical approach to understanding how we as humans find meaning and develop relationships through language, thought and words.
While I have of course previously published Henri’s 2009 and 2010 lectures from Schumacher College, I am extremely grateful for the support of Floris Books who have kindly given me the permission to include extracts from Taking Appearance Seriously. In this manner, I will be able to link Henri’s lectures with his written explanations, thereby helping you to develop an understanding of how to develop the expanded form of consciousness which comes from an immersive exploration of this dynamic form of wholeness in nature and human culture.
I have been working on the curation of this new series for the last few months, hence the somewhat lower number of recent articles on this blog. However, I am very excited to be announcing this new series which will be commencing next month, and I am also grateful for the continued support of Jacqueline Bortoft and Schumacher College for providing me with permission to make Henri’s lectures available.