The Foundations of Holonomics: Exploring Wholeness in Nature and Organisations

We have now come to the end of The Foundations of Holonomics series. This series of lectures explored the dynamic conception of wholeness in nature and human organisations, through phenomenology, hermeneutics and ontological philosophy. These lectures provide an comprehensive introduction to the Holonomics approach, a new soulful way of business which develops new ways of thinking and working through the development of an expanded form of consciousness and through the application of universal human values.

I structured this series to show how the Holonomics approach can develop a profound appreciation for the following areas in organisational life:

  • 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.

Photo: Simon Robinson

The principle text books that this series was based on was Henri Bortoft, (2012), Taking Appearance Seriously: The Dynamic Way of Seeing in Goethe and European Thought, and Simon Robinson and Maria Moraes Robinson (2014), Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter. The two additional supporting books were Henri Bortoft (1996), The Wholeness of Nature: Goethe’s Way of Science and Simon Robinson and Maria Moraes Robinson (2017), Customer Experiences with Soul: A New Era in Design.

These books when studies together with Henri Bortoft’s 2011 lectures from Schumacher College can help us to develop new analytical and contemplative practices, leading us to develop what I characterise as a philosophical form of creativity, one which is able to reveal hidden patterns and order in nature, and which is able to help us develop new innovations in human organisations which can facilitate powerful cultural transformation.

The Holonomic Circle: Simon Robinson and Maria Moraes Robinson (2017) Customer Experiences with Soul

For this reason I thought that it would now be useful to provide links to all lectures and lecture notes in one single location to help those of you who either wish to go back to the series and those of you who have not yet had a chance to study these incredibly precious teachings.

Please do feel to share these lectures with your friends and colleagues, and as always, do please feel free to stay in touch and provide Maria and I with any questions or comments you may have.

In 2020 we will be expanding this series to explore Applied Holonomics, putting these teachings into practice in a wide variety of settings and contexts.

Preface: The Foundations of Holonomics

Introductory Notes

1: The Dynamic Way of Thinking

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2.1: Bohm, Bohr and the Holographic Approach in Organisations

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2.2 Our Lived Experience of Wholeness

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3: The Act of Distinction

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4: Going Upstream

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5: The Metamorphosis of Plants

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6: Multiplicity within Unity

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7: What is a Phenomenon?

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8: Goethe’s Italian Journey

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9: Seeing Diversity as Creative Unity

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10: Goethe’s Theory of Colours

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11: Truth, Method and Experience

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12: The Dynamic Way of Understanding

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