We see society updating the license it grants to institutions, industries and organizations of all kinds (commerce, religion, government, military, academia, and more…). Miss this bit of wisdom or Nunchi and your metrics won’t matter (mission, vision, goals, objectives, call to actions and more…).
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What It Means To Have Nature As The Silent Partner
When the cost and effort to think about, gather and act upon new information was high and full of all kinds of friction, institutionalism1 was an effective way to organize a society.
Today’s frictionless information age has revealed what was once perceived to be beneficial and have value, is in reality, has now grown into an excessive across-the-board cost in time, space and resources.
In similar fashion to other societal organizational patterns throughout human history, what started as self-healing through a self-balancing, has degraded into a cultural rot taking hold across all five portals to power1—-Financial, Logistical, Analytical, Biological, Social.
We have seen repeating cycles of disruption, people’s response and then a settling into new societal norms. Within the grand scheme of history, people have adapted quite well. The current disruption is found in the proliferation of Adjacency Technology—the combination of hardware, software, networking, cloud, artificial intelligence, and more…
History has shown, throughout cycles of disruptions people remain antifragile and benefit from disruption. This is in keeping with how Nature deals with all life forms: 1) Slow is smooth; Smooth is fast, 2) any time perceived to be wasted on the front end is more than made up for on the back end, 3) and the more we all have yet to experience. We have found when interacting with nature, let Nature determine the timing of kinetic Financial, Logistical, Analytical, Biological, Social decision(s) and action(s).
This is what we mean when we say we treat Nature as a silent partner.
Institutionalism, is one way to order how a society, a culture, an industry or government, a company, a not–for–profit and more…, thinks, decides and acts.
Before the widespread development of electronic data transmission (from the telegraph » telephone » fax machine through to the Internet) conveying ideas, information and plans occurred mainly through the hand off of physical documents and storytelling, humans were the communication medium.
Naturally, rule–based mindsets and behavioral patterns, as well as physical structures to store the physical documents emerged.
Over the many generations involved, the bits and pieces of the original ideas, ideals and goals of why have an institution in the first place, de–evolved: got lost in translation or otherwise evaporated along the way.
What remained, and in many situations remains today, are the explicit rulesets, without the tacit wisdom to back them up.
Any society or other human gathering, heavy on humanly contrived rules and light on wisdom, is a chaotic system whose hold on order is evaporating—often more rapidly than anyone in the society notices.
This has not gone unnoticed…
Over time, as bits and pieces of the timeless wisdom gets ignored, more stubborn, contrived and confining rulesets set in. The people involved take on a known pattern best described as cultural rot1.1.
To paraphrase another, our working understanding of institutionalism and the resulting cultural rot is:
Disordered mindsets and behavioral patterns, from people in and out of the institution towards the people inside the institution, result in a display of excessive deference and an assumption of their moral and intellectual superiority.
“Clerics feel they are superior, [and when] they are far from the people.” ↩
How Adjacency Technology “Flips The Script”
One subtle, but significant difference with today’s Adjacency Technology induced changes is how frictionless the gathering of information, the gathering to review the information, and the gathering to act on the new information is.
These new interaction models of how we think, decide and act, along with how they connect, has moved beyond the abilities of the human-centric administrative apparatus of old to control or otherwise influence. More and more people, who are under the impression their thought-bubble(s) and other humanly-contrived notions of being protected inside their organization(s), are having this thin veneer of calm they project exposed and are in full display of what stone-cold crazy looks like.
“Call to Action” back flips into a “Let’s Take A Pause Together”
So often, at this point in writing, one is encouraged to present a "Call To Action". Such is the way of an unsettled mind in its quest to ‘do something’ such as, avoid the realization their bubble has popped or they need to make some sort of a decision and they have no viable alternative immediately available to them. We suggest folks don’t take such bait. It’s a clear signal a bait-and-switch has been initiated.
Take A Pause is a viable, robust, and much like composting1, a nature-based alternative to the continuation of Call-To-Action(s) and other dysfunctional cycles. We offer this new Take A Pause mindset and behavioral pattern, led with tacit wisdom, which has shown beneficial to many people, especially when seen practiced over extended periods of time.
Here is the explicit knowledge of what composting is: Composting explained by the U.S. Government.
The tacit wisdom of composting is composting takes time, space and resources/energy. During this time, no income is generated, no outcomes are exactly predictable and humans are not in full control of the process.
This is OK, beneficial and preferred.
Does your current business, government, school, university have anything that works in a similar fashion?
Or are they on a “run to fail” model of fast delivery, faster consumption, faster moving on to the next item. ↩
Taking a pause…stop doing what’s not working…can be difficult to do alone. Others are holding space for you. (Significance of this link cannot be underestimated.)
Holding space in this context means coming alongside the newly awakened and allowing the nature-based experience of humans learning through open trial and error in this new age; beginning with four basic questions…
- What’s working?
- What’s not working?
- What’s standing in the way?
- What is needed now?
Regardless of the threats to society and its real or perceived demonstrations of less than agreeable behaviors [from newly awakened folks], people remain antifragile beings.
Confluence: Nature Always Brings It All Together
As individuals, when we Take A Pause, others are naturally drawn in without direct intervention and requiring no drama. It is the gathering of individuals which will draw in institutions, draw in industry(s), draw in culture(s), will draw in today’s global society. This nature-based Osmotic Power Pattern can rebalance, or flip the script, on today’s rotting institutions, along with those who give more credence or power to those inside the institutions, than is known to be healthy.
When you are ready for more on how the “Take A Pause Together” works in terms of humans interacting with each other, technology and the Planet, we offer this.