Sunday, October 11, 2015

Co-creating a new view of the NEME



Version 2 of NEME as two nested spheres: energy & constraint
These days, we Nemeticians have been co-creating a visualization of an NEME. We thought we'd share a bit of what we're learning in the process. What's particularly exciting about our new view of the NEME is that it will be published in the Encyclopedia of Information Science & Technology alongside a new work in the field of Nemetics and Transmedia Literacies by Ray Gallon.

Nemetics applied to Any Field of Human Experience and Activity

Engage not: Perplexing questions and thoughts fall like leaves from the branches of our minds. A season of letting go begins.

Engage: The possibility of not knowing, yet experiencing clarity is found in the space between the branches.
As we are now in the Fall season (in the Northern hemisphere), and our vision, as Nemeticians, of what a NEME and Nemetics look like, is emerging and keeps being iterated as we type:

At near and far the edges of @Nemetics, Nemeticians are engaging with the flow on synchronous and asynchronuous time, Now or Later. It is easy peasy as we often say. :-)

Nemetics applied to Technical Communication


We, Nemeticians, noticed insights from that conference as well as this great sketchnote on Complexity, Nemetics and Wicked Tech Com by @JadzkaRysuje via @piotrpeszko during the #soapconf

Big thanks to @JadzkaRysuje for allowing us to include her graphic recording in our blog post.

Nemetics applied to Any Field of Human Experience and Activity


As our fellow Nemetician, Dibyendu De, wrote in the "5 Pillars of Nemetics":
"The discipline of Nemetics is flexible enough to be applied to any field of human experience and activity. It does not matter whether one applies it to industrial settings or applies it to study political economy or architecture or marketing or entrepreneurship."
In an online conversation, Dibyendu also shared the following benefits of Nemetics:
"1. Personal Transformation for a balanced mind-body complex to see things as they really are. 
2. Learning - self and collective - expanding consciousness and knowledge. 
3. Engaging & Solving Complex Problems -solutions to which can't be found in textbooks or in the public domain as found in real life.

Nemetics is an approach to achieve all the three goals simultaneously."


Monday, September 21, 2015

Leadership in Complexity

A stellar blog post initially written by Dibyendu De on rgbwaves.com in 2012. We feel that it is still relevant now.


             Sketch by @ddrrnt

“Leadership in Complexity” maintains a position and a viewpoint that each one of us is a leader of his/her own life not only to change oneself but also to act as agents of change for others through their actions and ideas. For this, one needs the courage to look at his/her own thought process to discover the underlying assumptions, beliefs, perceptions that create the apparent complexity and paradoxes one is engaged with in life.

That in short is the essence of social and cultural innovation and entrepreneurship. However, the important thing to be kept in mind is that we are not going to create any purely imagined ‘desired future’ in our minds rooted in idealism and run after that. For example, we are not going to say that ‘let us build a more resilient community’ or let us aim for more ‘structure and order’ realizing that resilience, structure, order are products of self organization.

Why is that? This is because ‘complex systems’ would not listen to what we ‘desire’. They produce their own emergence, which take on various forms. For instance ‘failures’, ‘insight’ ‘learning’, ‘wisdom’, ‘strange behavior’, ‘shortfall in attendance’ , ‘bad quality’, ‘low productivity’, ‘obesity’, ‘disease’, ‘epidemics’ and ‘love’ are all cases of ‘emergence’. And these are never fixed or static. They keep changing over time.

So, it is indeed stupid to have any fixed plan in the mind and exert our will to achieve the ‘desired mental model’ we have in mind. That of course does not tell us not to have any ‘intention’. Nor does it ask us to submit to ‘fatality’ of reality. Our path clearly lies in balancing between the two wheels of ‘reality’ and ‘desire’ forged by our will emanating from intention. Such balancing act is fueled by the heady mix of courage to pay attention to our thought process and the deeply felt intention to balance.

Our intention in most cases would be to adapt to the ongoing emergent phenomenon by exploring the rules that generate the emergence and then examine the underlying ‘paradoxes’ that shape and sustain such emergence enabling us to adapt through balancing (the Indian concept of Jugaard) to give shape to a better collective future. Our aim is not to achieve this or that. Our aim is to simply adapt based on the emergence. It is a delicate balancing act like walking on the sword’s edge and being in the fire at the same time.

I believe it makes life simpler, fun to live, helps us ‘survive’ better and also ‘collectively thrive’.

The philosophical base that we are going to use is ‘Complex Adaptive Systems’.

The process that we would use to do so would be #Nemetics

And the tools that we would use would be many but mostly Dialogs, Learning by Doing, Iterations, Improvisations and even employ mathematical tools, if needed, like Time Waveforms, Fourier Transform without losing sight of highly explosive techniques like Meditation and the use of Principles of #Nemetics

While knowledge lies in selecting the right technique for a given context or situation wisdom lies in balancing and adapting, where both knowledge and wisdom are contextual emergence.

~

Exchange @NEMETICS ~ Engage at bit.ly/Nemetics

EduKare- Resilient Communities…

This post is initially written and published by Sean Grainger onwww.karegivers.org

By Sean Grainger


flickr photo via akaalias
“Seems to me if folks understand that EdUkare is about health and security and resilient communities, it would help clarify.”
Michael Josefowicz (@ToughLoveforX) tweeted the above a while back in the @EdKare stream, and the point deserves some attention. At the Twitter @edkare stream, Michael, Daniel Durant (@ddrrnt), I and others are involved in what I would call at this stage a global thought experiment in co-creating nemetics. Nemetics is a term that has evolved to explain phenomena surrounding the exchanges that occur in our emotional, cognitive and physical spaces.

To clarify, here’s some notes via Michael (with a few supplemental links added by me):
  1. Nemetics is based on three fundamentals: Nemes, NemiTubes and NemiSpheres. The focus of nemetics in an EduKare context is the study of neme exchanges called “NemeX”
  2. The term neme indicates a superset of replicators in all Complex Adaptive Systems. Replicators are memes, genes, “Lumenes”
  3. Memes are replicators in Cognitive Space. Genes are replicators in Physical Space. The term “lumenes” is coined by Mark Frazier, President of OpenWorld…for a free, resilient, and generous world (@openworld) in Emotional Space.
  4. “Neme” is an acronym for the fractal learning process of Complex Adaptive Systems. Notice (or not) Engage (or not) Mull (or not) Exchange (or not)… NemeX connotes the actual exchange in progress.
  5. Notice/or not, Engage or/not, Mull/or not, Exchange/ or not, and tweaking Time and Space is the basis for three dimensional Automaton Modeling Complexity.
  6. Physical Space is said to be Pwaves. Emotional is Ewaves. Cognitive is Cwaves. A Neme is said to Collapse ECPwaves to a Neme.
  7. A NemiSphere is a snapshot of entangled NemiTubes in which NemeX is constrained by Tacit and Explicit Rules.
I know, I know… clear as mud, right? Don’t worry; we’re all figuring this out as we go in what I would say is a real-time, distributed, online NemiSphere… hence the descriptor “thought experiment.” The boiled-down point illuminates the fact that we exist in society as an infinite series of complex adaptive systems; complex as identified by the absolute diversity of people, perspectives and levels of knowledge that exists within them, and adaptive as identified by the natural and intentional fractal ways that individuals and groups adjust to the social, emotional, cognitive and physical characteristics of their NemiSpheres.


flickr image via Song_sing

To ground all of this in a purpose-driven context, schools are if nothing else, complex adaptive systems. An EduKare approach within schools posits that the complex adaptive system describes the fact that kids are social, emotional, cognitive and physical beings that require individualized services and supports within a system that is complex because it is comprised of the litany of unique individuals (students, staff and others who support its purposes,) and adaptive simply because it recognizes and strives to meet the needs of each one of them.

EduKare schools are about health and security and resilient communities. They understand that before kids can learn in the cognitive spaces (Cwaves) they have to be stable and high-functioning in their social/emotional/physical spaces (Ewaves and Pwaves.) An EduKare school places the deliberate support of healthy Ewaves and Pwaves as their primary objective. For so many kids, the process will be quite efficient as many arrive at school in kindergarten as adequately well-adjusted in the social-emotional and physical domains… but there are those (and to be honest, we can’t seem to find an algorithm that would absolutely define predictive determiners,) that are not OK in the social-emotional and physical domains for any number of reasons. It’s virtually impossible to determine this in a clinical sense owing to the factor of resiliency. Resiliency is the X-factor that helps us determine how well-adjusted kids are when entering school, but more importantly, it is the known factor that provides a targeted focus for supportive adults to nurture increased levels of resiliency in the young people they serve. Resiliency can be nurtured and taught as evidenced by contemporary research in the fields of education, psychiatry, social psychology, medicine, social work, mental health etc. Until we know how resilient individual kids are (or are not,) and then begin work to support the requisite growth of resilience in all kids, we can’t optimally support learning.

Although we can’t know how resilient kids are upon entering school, we can embark on a process of learning their stories that helps us put the pieces of their resiliency profile together. In the context of nemetics, we have to notice these stories, mull (think) deeply about them and then make responsible, informed decisions about how we are going to exchange with the data they provide to support the growth of resiliency in all students, but particularly the more challenged ones. It’s critical to understand also that the primary writers of these stories are the students themselves; we simply support the process by empowering them to weave their own stories; to take ownership of their learning paths in a complex adaptive system we call the EduKare school environment.

Who does this in an EduKare school? Good question… In the first EduKare post at KARE Givers, I explained that an EduKare school is one that accesses the specialized skills of helping professionals in a wrap-a-round service provision model. Ideas for a Comprehensive, Integrated School-wide Approach is a UCLA paper from all the way back in 1977 that proves this is not a new idea, but perhaps one that will need a deeper NemeX process to divine where the rubber will meet the road in providing comprehensive, coordinated services for children in general. More specifically, the EduKare model posits that the locus of service provision should be based in schools; the places where kids spend a large part of their wakeful hours for thirteen years of their lives, and one that is designed to support learning. This point is key…

To optimally support learning, teachers need to be present and accountable for what they are trained to do; teach. The fact remains, however, that learning detractors are present in the social-emotional and physical lives of children… these detractors are part of their learning stories. In order to help learn these stories, and to help write them in a teaching and learning context, teachers need support from those other helping professionals that are trained to do what they do; mitigate social-emotional and physical detractors in the lives of children, (that will ultimately also detract from learning.)

What better place to coordinate these processes than the schools that conveniently dot our local landscapes, that reflect our diverse nature and that are designed as teaching and learning environments?

EduKare schools are fundamentally those that understand their role in promoting the health and security of resilient communities through the nurturing of healthy, secure and resilient kids and their families. EduKare teachers are those that fundamentally understand that support for the cognitive growth of their students depends largely on how effectively the social-emotional and physical needs they manifest are provided for. Working collaboratively with others who support these needs is the path to a successful EduKare service provision model.

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Mull more over the book, Innovative Voices in Education: Engaging Diverse Communitiesfrom 17 ground-breaking educators and community leaders around the world who share passionate first-person accounts of how to engage students and families of diverse backgrounds.

Exchange @GraingerEd @NEMETICS

Engage on Google+ with Sean Grainger and at bit.ly/Nemetics

Notice & Mull more at nemeticsinstitute.com

Thursday, June 25, 2015

What the heck is Nemetics anyway?


Big thanks to Ana Cristina Pratas for giving the opportunity for we Nemeticians to share what #Nemetics is about.

"Leadership, dealing with uncertainties, engaging with the flow, learning through interactions.

Approaches for understanding and adaptation.


How does one manage complexity in times of intense change?

Rotana Ty explains how nemetics researches patterns of trends, ways of learning and collectivist learning." - @AnaCristinaPrts on Mind Mirrors

Hear the interview



Learn more about Nemetics 


Nemetics is just a code. It is a meta language to allow people in different silos to communicate about complexity science. It initially started in an open conversation about a meta language called Ebdish (Emergent by Design'ish), which sparked a collaboration between Michael Josefowicz, Daniel Durrant and Mark Frazier 5 years ago. Sean Grainger joined in soon thereafter, bringing his insights to Nemetics from his experience as a teacher/administrator at a K-8 inquiry focused school in Alberta.

The purpose of the meta language was to have a precise way to talk about complex adaptive/creative systems using only 140 characters at a time. We've since continued this collaboration with a growing group by using Twitter and Google+ as our primary platforms.

Nemetics can also be thought of as a biomimicry model of communication. Our inspiration comes from the human body. Especially the way signals pass between the brain, the heart and the gut.

Our thinking on Nemetics blossomed via our history of persistent exchanges on Twitter. We kept moving with our intention that nemetical metaphors could explain events and human behavior as a living organism. We continue to extend this view into every field that our team investigates. We created our own jargon since the words that are used in one domain did not make sense in another, yet the patterns interweaving them were nearly identical. The existing terms in use to explain complexity tended to have so many different connotations to different people that it was impossible to talk to each other. As an invented jargon, Nemetics reduces our reliance on connotations that limit our ability to see new connections.

Because the Nemetics code is not a fixed language for explaining phenomena within a single field, it can be applied a bit differently for every person who engages with it. People in our group use elements of the code differently in their respective fields of expertise and interest. Yet we can easily discuss how our interests and expertise connect by applying the jargon.

Complexity underpins most everything, so we find that Nemetics help us highlight the systemic patterns and even sense the no-patterns that may trigger emergent insights.

Why the need for Nemetics now?


From the Plast Project, Pattern Languages for Systemic Transformation (PLAST) by @HeleneFinidori:

"This article is an abstract of the proposal recently submitted to the EU HORIZON 2020 / CAPS program. The CAPS program aims to support the piloting of Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation."

"(...) A central problem of our time is the separation of knowledge cultures into isolated islands. These knowledge islands typically have an excess of relevant information at their disposal from other islands, but do not leverage this knowledge effectively. This isolation has many causes: academic specializations, ideological polarizations and competing interests among grassroots movements, or simple separation in space, time, natural language or culture. Just as importantly, knowledge tends to be disconnected from praxis. The combined effect is to hinder the expansion of collective intelligence and fragment the systemic impact of sustainability and social change initiatives."


Using the Nemetics language, our networks have been able to talk about political economy, history, design, education, innovation and art across the silos of different kinds of speciality and culture.

How is the role of leadership changing from the perspective of Nemetics?


Many people are doing great work about the new role of leadership. Consider websites such as Forbes, HBR, and the curation of @leadershipABC on the topic of leadership. If you do so, you will notice that all the works are either grounded in, or overlap with complexity science.

Using the insights from many people, we continue to find that leadership is an art and science of managing complexity. What makes Nemetics different from these other works is that vibrations, waveforms and interactions are central to our work. Dibyendu De, based in Kolkata, India, is a renown specialist in vibrational analysis. That's a central part of our ongoing research. He also brings a spirituality component to our Nemetic sensibility which is hardly ever seen in other complexity approaches. 

NEME or Notice.Engage.Mull.Exchange. is not just a model, but a mantra. Anyone can chant 'NEME' in a melody that suits their soul. Chant whenever it works for you in whatever way feels best. Eventually you may notice new patterns to engage and mull which feel more exciting to exchange than anything previously experienced. Nemetics will change you.

In Nemetics the new role of leadership is focused on learning by exchanging what we've noticed, engaged, and mulled. We hope that it will enable an accessible form of distributed leadership that remains situated in the contexts where people must adapt quickly to change. Leadership that is framed in the art and science of managing complexity can help us think more creatively and purposefully amidst uncertainty.

Is Nemetics another band wagon expression of our times?


No. It won't become one either. We're not trying to go mainstream or viral with it because at this point few would get on board with it anyway. We have found that there are very few people who are actually curious about how complexity science applies to them and their world. But the few people who are curious have a chance to become the nemetically minded leaders of tomorrow.

There is a new understanding that is going mainstream: knowledge is embedded in everything. The old zeitgeist is "I am think, therefore I am." We would say “I am therefore I think. [nemify]" We are shifting from a view focused on mind and body to an ecological view point, which is complexity science coming to a new synthesis. Nemetics is one expression that we seek to embody through the work of our emerging institute.

The book, THE SYSTEMS VIEW OF LIFE - A Unified Vision, is another expression of complexity thinking that we deeply appreciate. We are presently translating it so that everyday people can get a better handle on everyday complexity. In addition to Nemetics as a language, we hope to make a contribution to the ongoing discussions of complexity by bringing the maths and visualizations of vibration analysis and thermodynamics to the table.

The Nemetics conversation has now persisted over four years via Twitter and Google+ and is leading, we hope, to the emergence of a Nemetics Institute based in Kolkata, India. The model for the Nemetics Institute has a couple of revenue streams. The most interesting to us involves consulting practitioners on the ground and their thinking partners in the cloud.

Over the last 5 years a high performance team has emerged from our persistent conversations over Twitter and Google+. No emails. No meetings. As of the today the most active parts of our team is Niberca Lluberes (@niberca), of Dominican Republic origin, in New York, USA. She is leading the design of the NIASK journal. She has been teaching design, runs her own studio and is a Nemetics Research Fellow exploring how creativity can be nurtured using the latest insights from brain science. 

@PredictSwan, the leader of the Institute, based in Kolkata, India, has been teaching Vibrational Analysis for over 20 years. He also has a thriving practice in leadership training and continuous improvement in manufacturing and organizations in general. Dibyendu De also brings the spiritual tradition of India to our work. 

The curation and creation of transmedia contents and mapping of insights are done collaboratively and artfully by @toughloveforX), in New York, USA, @ddrrnt, Eugene Oregon, USA, and @rotanarotana in Paris, France.

At the near edges of our team are people in Bueno Aires in Argentina, Barcelona in Spain, Alberta and Qu├ębec in Canada, Lusaka in Zambia, Atlanta in Georgia, who work in the United States and South Africa. At the far edge are the networks of each person. When connections are made and nurtured, they weave together possibilities and communities emerge. As the community continues to engage and grow, we discover our common Intent. 

Aligning with common Intent and collaborating have always been how the world has changed. Margaret Mead famously said "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." History bears out the wisdom of her statement.

Put simply, the social vision for Nemetics is global life long learning by using free platforms of today, e.g. Google+, Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook, as well as those that will be commonplace tomorrow, involving such technologies as virtual reality and artificial intelligence. The intent of our nemetical learning is to enhance our human ability to see complexity using Arts and Science.

Everyone intuitively understands complexity. If you have grown up in a family, or had a loving relationship or managed a design project, or had a start up that went to scale, or managed a chronic condition, you know how complexity feels.

About a month ago, we did our very first pilot of a publication called the NIASK journal on the topic of SLOW. With our relationships and dialogs vibrating all over the world, we exchanged in a critique that included our world wide network of peers who also share a common mindset, culture, stories, language and platforms. The emerging Nemetics Institute in Kolkata, India, is a well bounded social construct that concentrates our energy so that it can then be dispersed through our publications.

 
 Photo by @ddrrnt

To get the best understanding of Nemetics, consider reading the book, The Power of See by Dibyendu De. It is our founding text. We also had a Twitter chat, #nemichat, facilitated by @NEMETICS, on this book with Dibyendu as our guest. Feel free to slowly mull over the transcript.

The products we co-create will be published under a Creative Commons license. For profit making organizations, we will charge a reasonable fee which will be fairly divided between practitioners on the ground - who do the hard work - and a small piece to the thinking partners in the Cloud, who will donate whatever they earn for our startup NGO - The Nemetics Institute.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Leadership in Complexity

A stellar blog post initially written by Dibyendu De on Google+ and rgbwaves.com in 2012. We feel that it is still relevant now.

"Leadership in Complexity" maintains a position and a viewpoint that each one of us is a leader of his/her own life not only to change oneself but also to act as agents of change for others through their actions and ideas. For this, one needs the courage to look at his/her own thought process to discover the underlying assumptions, beliefs, perceptions that create the apparent complexity and paradoxes one is engaged with in life.

That in short is the essence of social and cultural innovation and entrepreneurship. However, the important thing to be kept in mind is that we are not going to create any purely imagined 'desired future' in our minds rooted in idealism and run after that. For example, we are not going to say that 'let us build a more resilient community' or let us aim for more 'structure and order' realizing that resilience, structure, order are products of self organization.

Why is that? This is because 'complex systems' would not listen to what we 'desire'. They produce their own emergence, which take on various forms. For instance 'failures', 'insight' 'learning', 'wisdom', 'strange behavior', 'shortfall in attendance' , 'bad quality', 'low productivity', 'obesity', 'disease', 'epidemics' and 'love' are all cases of 'emergence'. And these are never fixed or static. They keep changing over time.

So, it is indeed stupid to have any fixed plan in the mind and exert our will to achieve the 'desired mental model' we have in mind. That of course does not tell us not to have any 'intention'. Nor does it ask us to submit to 'fatality' of reality. Our path clearly lies in balancing between the two wheels of 'reality' and 'desire' forged by our will emanating from intention. Such balancing act is fueled by the heady mix of courage to pay attention to our thought process and the deeply felt intention to balance.

Our intention in most cases would be to adapt to the ongoing emergent phenomenon by exploring the rules that generate the emergence and then examine the underlying 'paradoxes' that shape and sustain such emergence enabling us to adapt through balancing (the Indian concept of Jugaard) to give shape to a better collective future. Our aim is not to achieve this or that. Our aim is to simply adapt based on the emergence. It is a delicate balancing act like walking on the sword's edge and being in the fire at the same time.

I believe it makes life simpler, fun to live, helps us 'survive' better and also 'collectively thrive'.

The philosophical base that we are going to use is 'Complex Adaptive Systems'.

The process that we would use to do so would be #Nemetics.

And the tools that we would use would be many but mostly Dialogs, Learning by Doing, Iterations, Improvisations and even employ mathematical tools, if needed, like Time Waveforms, Fourier Transform without losing sight of highly explosive techniques like Meditation and the use of Principles of #Nemetics

While knowledge lies in selecting the right technique for a given context or situation wisdom lies in balancing and adapting, where both knowledge and wisdom are contextual emergence.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Mindfulness in Slow Renaissance

Mulling how a slower pace of life might help us think less and experience more. In slowing down we may create and learn mindfully on the web. - @ddrrnt

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Where the "Power of See" Kicks In





An introduction by Dibyendu De, author of #PowerofSee and Chief Mentor at The International Nemetics Institute. (Originally posted on RGBWaves, Nov 24, 2014.)

Dibyendu De @PredictSwan
For a lucky few life is simple. For the rest it was never so.  0ver time it becomes more a more complex that defies straight and simple answers. Such complexity impacts our personal and professional lives.

How do we embrace and engage with such complexity? Fortunately, we all have a skill to do so. It is neither easy nor difficult. But what is the skill and what is so difficult about it?


The skill lies in  the way we ”see” through complex issues.