DEDICATED to the memory and contribution of Chilean biologist and philosopher Humberto Maturana (September 14, 1928 – May 6, 2021).
There are times when it is important to walk away from normalized ways of thinking around Resiliency, Biomimicry. Now is the time, mature into the role of conscious stewardship.
Why would leaders be interested in this?
I believe it is time to step on to a new path on our conscious journey!
Stopping and Starting across the Stepping Stones (recognition of Philip Dobbs, Digital Artist and Graphic Designer, collaboration with me to turn my ideas in to this visual image).
Maturana and Varela brought to my attention self-motivated living organization in living systems last decade. Imagine, there were non-human living systems continuously reproducing itself within the boundaries of its own making. These communities reside within us and around us. Maturana and Varela (1980) remind me, that these “living systems are cognitive systems, and living as a process is a process of cognition” and worthy of noticing their appearances in and around our world and beyond.
As we take the next step on our conscious journey I am inspired by Maturana's words:
“Only love expands intelligence.
To live in love is to accept the other
and the conditions of his existence as a source of richness,
not as opposition, restriction or limitation.”
Humberto Maturana (1928-2021)
My Passion Project has me investing thought and actions around the possibly of a world harnessing the fulcrum point between the sacred $ money markets and balancing the social and environmental needs in a way that benefits human and non-human flourishing.
Fulcrum Point: The Sacred $ Market in balance with people, planet and the wider cosmos (Acknowledgement of Philip Dobbs, Digital Artist and Graphic Designer, collaboration with me).
The background noise is still filled with the sacred money and market story so vividly told by Korten (2015). The systemically generated deprivations and degradations cannot be transformed by more of the same. New ways of thinking and being must emerge.
Why does my attention focus wider than people?
Throughout every minute and throughout time, I think the sacred Earth through Nature communicates with us. Be it, the song of the birds, the whistling frogs at night, or the hurricanes or cyclones depending on your geographical location.
The Butterfly of Storms touching down in Hurricane Alley
(Acknowledgement of Philip Dobbs, Digital Artist and Graphic Designer, collaboration with me).
Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela (1980, 19992) introduced me to the concept autopoiesis. This term describes self-motivated living organization in living systems. This is a self-serving system, continuously reproducing itself within the boundaries of its own making.
I have noticed there is a pattern of assemblages of material actants. The complexity of living beings, whether non-human beings or humans influence our lives, decisions and how we show up in our world. Highlighting the complexity of life and living, autopoiesis focuses my attention on the presence of the self-constructing phenomena of living systems in organizations, that a materially and energetically open while necessarily closed in their dynamic states of self-construction.
Considering this self-constructing phenomena, Capra and Luisi (2014) took up the question of how to characterize the living and new conception of life in their book The Systems View of Life. A Unifying Vision , through their use of the term ‘autopoiesis.’
Paul Quaiser is a living legend and vivid visionary dedicating his energy, intelligence towards making an impact. Paul is committed to creating resilient and regenerative communities. In a recent conversation Paul spoke to the concept of biomimicry that he described as a “design principle around modeling things after things in nature.”
Paul reminds us that “nature works kind on a more on a cellular level is these different cells have their own effective autonomy. Then they become connected to their surrounding cells and organisms to become organs in a system. So it's really about symbiosis.” Paul calls for us to consider: “how can we create human systems that are symbiotic within the larger ecosystem?”
This is important to consider because our continued haphazard spreading of influence, money and power does not have a sustainable impact nor does continuing unacceptable yet enduring legacies.
American evolutionary biologist, Richard Lewontin, reminds us that the atmosphere that we all breathe was not on Earth before living organisms. Lewontin points out that there is no environment in some independent and abstract sense because “organisms construct their own environments out of the bits and pieces of the physical and biological world, and they do so by their own abilities.”
What a great reminder to ALL of us about the interconnectivity of living organisms and the environment. ‘We Belong to Gaia’ is the title of a book by James Lovelock (August 26, 2021). The Gaia paradigm, a term coined by Lovelock, reminds us all of our complexity and connected as human and nonhuman beings.
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Further Reading & Resources
Capra, F., & Luisi, P. L. (2014). The systems view of life: A unifying vision.
Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
Costa, R. D., & Wilson, E. O. (2010). The watchman’s rattle: thinking our way out of extinction. New York: Vanguard Press.
Jaworski, J., & Flowers, B. S. (1996). Synchronicity: the inner path of leadership. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
Kollin, D., & Kollin, E. (2009). The unincorporated man. New York USA: Tor.
Korten, D. C. (2019). Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action. Monkfish Book Publishing Company.
Lewontin, R., & Levins, Richard. (1997). Organism and environment. Capitalism Nature Socialism, 8 (2), 95–98.
Lovelock, J. (1988). The ages of Gaia: a biography of our living earth. New York: Norton.
Lovelock, J. (August 2021). We Belong to Gaia. Penguin Books Ltd.
Maturana, H. R., Varela, F. J., & Maturana, H. R. (1980). Autopoiesis and cognition: the realization of the living. Dordrecht, Holland; Boston: D. Reidel Pub. Co.
Maturana, H. R., & Varela, F. J. (1992). The tree of knowledge: the biological roots of human understanding. Boston; New York: Shambhala ; Distributed in the U.S. by Random House.
McMurtry, J. (2013). Cancer Stage of Capitalism : From Crisis to Cure (2nd ed.). London, GBR: Pluto Press. Retrieved from http://site.ebrary.com/lib/alltitles/docDetail.action?docID=1073329 2
Shiva, V. Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability & Peace. (2021). Natraj Publishers.
Stiglitz, J. E. (2020). People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent. Penguin Books Ltd.
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