TUFF Climate Workshop Planning Meeting 7

Friday 24th August 2018 in the Hexagon Room - for MA Design students

  1. Catching up (questions / suggestions / plans / requests)
  2. A talk and discussion with Marcus Comaschi
  3. A discussion about symbiosis and organisational consciousness with John
  4. Brief discussion of the Counselling Homo sapiens discussions
  5. Some practical work on the creative quartets methodology
See a list of all TUFF Climate Change Workshops in 2018 and an overview of the aims of the workshops

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  1. Kutay raised some questions about the idea of symbiosis
    • The term symbiosis literally means 'living with' (translated from Greek).
    • It is interesting to read (this pdf version of) Ivan Illich's book Tools for Conviviality because he defines the word 'convivial' (translated from Latin) with the same meaning.
  2. Our synergy research was an attempt to think beyond the traditional idea of design
    • Synergy could be seen as a kind of 'symbiosis' for inanimate things.
    • The ecological idea of (keystone species) inspired the idea of metadesigning
    • So if we can design keystone synergies - would they attract other synergies?
  3. Is the idea of holarchy in teams possible/desirable/useful?
  4. Western society has become very individualistic, as do some the economic arguments underpinning capitalism:
  5. Structural coupling occurs in symbiosis
    • This is where living organisms that work together also grow together.
  6. The idea of sympoiesis was intended as a symbiotic version of autopoiesis
  7. See John's idea of four-fold consciousness
  • n.b. John compiled this booklist after an extended discussion with Kutay on 10th September 2018
  1. The Anthropocene
    • Ponting, Clive, (1991), “A Green History of the World”, Penguin
    • Rockström, J. (2015), “Bounding the Planetary Future: Why We Need a Great Transition,” Great Transition Initiative (April 2015).
    • Hamilton, C. (2017). Defiant earth: the fate of humans in the Anthropocene. John Wiley & Sons.
  2. Extinction
    • Leakey, R., & Lewin, R., (1996), The Sixth Extinction: Biodiversity and Its Survival, Phoenix, London
    • Mora, C., Tittensor D.P., Adl, S., Simpson, A.G.B., & Worm, B, (2011), How Many Species Are There on Earth and in the Ocean? PLoS Biol 9(8): e1001127. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001127 Web reference: Accessed April, 2012.
  3. Autopoiesis & Allopoiesis
    • Maturana, H., & Varela, F., (1980), ‘Autopoiesis and Cognition; the realisation of the Living’, in Boston Studies in Philosophy of Science, Reidel: Boston.
    • Maturana, H., & Varela, F., G., (1998), The Tree of Knowledge, Shambhala, Boston & London
  4. The Emergence of Symbiosis
    • Corning, P., (2003), Nature's Magic: Synergy in Evolution and the Fate of Humankind, Cambridge University Press, NY, USA, 2003
    • Bateson, Gregory (1972). Steps to an Ecology of Mind. New York: Ballantine.
    • Kull, Kalevi (1998). Semiotic ecology: different natures in the semiosphere. Sign Systems Studies 26: 344-371.
    • Brandenburger, A., & Nalebuff, B., (?), “Co-opetition” Doubleday Books
    • Trivers, R., L., The Evolution of Reciprocal Altruism, Quarterly Review of Biology, 1971, 46, (4), 35-57, quoted in Wilson, E., O., 'The Genetic Evolution of Altruism; psychological and sociological principles', chapter in 'Altruism, Sympathy and Helping', edited by Lauren Wispé, Academic Press, New York and London, 1978, pp. 33-35
  5. The concept of 'Living With'
    • Illich, I., (1975), Tools for Conviviality, Fontana
    • Thompson, K., “Bioteaming:A Manifesto For Networked Business Teams”, see their Blogg
    • Nieuwenhuijze, O, & Wood, J. (2006), ‘Synergy and Sympoiesis’, in the Writing of Joint Papers; anticipation with/in imagination, International Journal of Computing Anticipatory Systems, edited by Daniel M. Dubois, Centre for Hyperincursive Anticipation in Ordered Systems: Liège, Belgium, Volume 10, pp. 87-102.
    • Rheingold, H., (2003), “Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution”, ISBN: 0738208612, Perseus Publishing
  6. What Can Business Learn from Nature?
    • Higgins, P., (2010), Eradicating Ecocide: Exposing the Corporate and Political Practices Destroying the Planet and Proposing the Laws Needed to Eradicate Ecocide, Shepheard-Walwyn (Publishers, Ltd.): London.
    • Hawken, P., Lovins, A., and Lovins, H.L. (1999), Natural Capitalism, Little, Brown, and Company: New York.
    • Kauffman, S., (1995), At Home in the Universe, the search for the laws of self-organization, Oxford University Press: New York.
    • Arthur, B., (1996), "Increasing returns and the new world of business" by Brian Arthur, Harvard Business Review, July-August 1996, p. 100
    • Pimm, S. L. (1997). The value of everything. Nature, 387, 231-232.
  7. Why Do We Like to Waste Things?
    • Miller, Daniel (1998) "A Theory of Shopping", Cambridge: Polity Press
    • Veblen, T. (1902), The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions, New York: Macmillan
    • Sloterdijk, P., (1988) "The Critique of Cynical Reason", London: Verso
    • Hardin, G., 'The Tragedy of the Commons' in Garrett Hardin and John Baden (eds.), Managing the Commons (San Francisco
  8. Do We Need to Re-Design Money?
    • Graeber, D., (2011), Debt: The First 5000 Years, Melville
    • Kahneman, D. (2003). A psychological perspective on economics. The American economic review, 93(2), 162-168.
    • Simmel, G., (1900), The Philosophy of Money”, Routledge; New York & London, p. 259
    • Ekins, P & Max-Neef, M., (1992), “Real Life Economics: Understanding Wealth Creation”, Routledge
    • Jackson, Tim (2009). Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet. Sustainable Development Commission.
  9. Re-Wilding
    • Monbiot, G., (2013), Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding, Allen Lane, Penguin, England
  10. Alan Rayner’s Talk
  11. Some Dubious Mycological Stuff
A Practical Experiment
    • DOWNLOAD Peter Spring's essay 'Adaptive Assembly' (2008) which refers to an empirical experiment in his garden

Please see the Creative Quartets updates, based on last week's session.