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Spaceweaver     Mon, Jun 8, 2009  Permanent link
Thanks for the interesting post. The concept of participatory design driven by conscious reflection sounds very interesting. Would be glad if you can provide an example for such a process, even as a thought experiment, to allow a better grasp on your ideas.
jascharohr     Tue, Jun 9, 2009  Permanent link
Hi Spaceweaver,
I will soon write more about it. Participatory design processes are not that diffrent from what you might know from facilitation, change or large group methods. It is anyway not so important what you do, but rather how you do it and what inner attitudes you take on.
A participatory design process how we facilitate it always starts with connecting to the field of what is to be designed. You do this with appropriate methods both individually and in the same group. Those methods have to be chosen in a process of its own, so that you get an iterative and interchanged process. You want to weave a tight net between everyone and -thing which has part of this field. Out of this you are then able to design. We think of design as morphing the field of which you are part and not as creating something which is apart from you.
But rather then writing about it, this is something which has to experienced in reality to grasp the impact fully. So I think I will give notice when we facilitate open processes here and on our institutes website.
Wildcat     Sat, Jun 13, 2009  Permanent link
"I define consciousness in a very profound way as our ability to exercise a reflective awareness for ourselves in our own contexts"

Jascha, I would be very interested to read an elaboration on this definition.
some questions :
do you understand consciousness to be an ability?

"reflective awareness" is a very complex term, however, in the construct of your definition I do not understand in what way is it "for ourselves", and in "our own contexts". isn't that a form of solipsism, maybe in a weak version?

AsylumSeaker     Tue, Jun 23, 2009  Permanent link
Interesting. I like what you've written though I don't have a very clear picture from it. I guess it's quite a summary of your ideas most likely.

For a while I've been mulling over the idea of a system where people are encouraged to and rewarded for actively seeking / creating new roles in an organisation which compliment existing roles, rather than squabbling and competing for existing roles in a hierarchy. A lot of what you've expressed here suggests this sort of thing perhaps?
modernCarpentry     Wed, Jun 24, 2009  Permanent link
your post is very engaging, and I've spent some time thinking about it. while I am among those who wish that a collective intelligence can overcome our existing media-sphere, while I wish that together we are more able to create design than on our own, I still have a feeling that the most engaging ideas and entertainments, the most compelling advertisements, etc, are the result of a single mind ( of course in collaboration with others ) but none-the-less a single mind executing its ideas on our media space. just a passing idea-