The Teacherskool…….connect

The Teacherskool…….Concept

transactional……analysis……synthesis…..integral

L&D

New Literacy > Teacherskool > Renewal
Community
Input > process….platform > outcome…

The Lions’ Conclave…………Motion……..a Skool………..for hunting……. …recover one’s true nature…SWA…bhava ……lest we keep the preys in check ……….unfit to survive……….hunters and hunted…..when the lions wake up…….Impossibility is ..a/the…..possibility…= intelligence…..gates…gatekeepers…….windows……..open …..gatekeepers’ doom…poppers..popping pills…waiting…………..for…..singularity day….in their cryogenic morgues…..others for ……………..judgement …….gates <.                             >….always
Teachers = lighthouses…..non controversial reference points….

<………>.open schools…..closed schools…><

Gates wide open ……….teachers …..parents ….go to school…….students teach………teachers learn ….teachers teach …….students learn………..grannies come visiting…….tell stories ….technology ……..tool for transformation……not dominion….ADULTS…the outcome…….process ……the product

Context…..global……local

Parody of the Commons

History…Her….. story…. < 10000 years …….hunting gathering to settlements….may the Tribe…s….community………..commons….flourish

Science is dead….sci..fi..is more scientific  Engineering……Technology…….tools…..we are the tools we use…..pace …..exponential

Predators feeding on natural intelligence………….

Integral development
Radical renewal
Super nature
Super multiple ……artificial intelligence…s
Good Country Index……where are the good men….adults… ….spooky

Culture…..India is from Venus…… the significant others from Mars….One gives……others take

Context …local…Impenetrable ….for the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea…..Kerala …..GOC……..perfectly situated to have its own unique culture……….a Silicon Valley of yester years……home to the Kerala school of mathematics …….ahead of Europeans by centuries < 1600……..Christianity and Islam reached here almost at the same time of their inception in their countries of origin….Jews were settled here.even before…….known for literacy…….external remittances…….physical quality of life comparable to developed economies at far lower levels of income…..Garbage…physical…virtual…major concern…

The fisher and tribal Kerala ……….old ….> new commons..wiki

Method

Architecture of the ark…>the pairs<….binary……ask……….quality of questions….search…quality of answers…collect….connect…..aggregate…condense…..exposition…catalyse….attention to improvements……reflect……process is the product….the chariot of fire….flightskool…..IOS…>POS<…the personal operating system…return to the centre….journey of a thousand miles…first step is not the first step…..potential and performance…..Dasavatar….ladder of understanding…….room for improvement…. ..largest room…..waste as fuel…..metrics…iterate…..literate….prakrit..> Sanskrit….culture………community………renewal

Semiotics……Echoes of Fucho

The greatest story/lie ever told……HIS..story

There is no magic…..for the magician
Mysticism for the mystic
Miracles for …..

We make water from wine
He makes wine from water…….the…Transformer

Greatest…….dumBest
Fiction is more factual
History is created when history is history

When hunter turns historian story of the hunted HER story is born………story of Hunting Town

The civilised do not clash….silence of the guns…

Valmiki…..hunter….Ramayana….story…..
Poets and prophets follow
They SEE
Return < Sita > to Nature

Iqbal saw…….the lions wake up

Librarian remembers…the anti…librarian forgets

Books die when reading surrenders to seeing …….text to rich text….layers of meaning

Constants and variants went to battle

Who won?

Constant variants….process rules…dialogue > feasible

Constantine continues to rule……innocents and infants perish ….on an Easter Day

You have another fifty years to go…don’t you worry………… – Prof. Dr. Shajahan Shajahan

You are a Straightegist…..flat lander…..nothing straight about nature…………..your scale is rusted……thought is faster than light…..no full stops

The pendulum swings
Centre is unmoved

Return to the Centre – Bede Griffiths

Once a neighbour
Love thy neighbour as…….

Return of the story teller

Timelessness….time….less ness ….is Time…

>. 1,86,000 mps….
<. speed of thought…

Eternity ……timelessness…..eins…….one..stain

We remember Zion…….. . .

Babble………the Virgins return…..Ahalya

Lions wake up……

Build….bridge…wiki….new commons

No writing is the best writing

NotBuilding………best building

Silence is…..

Less is more

The gunshot turns into a fireball …….takes off on its own

New Literacy

10000 hrs on FB…no miracles yet….Sadwell must be wrong – Narcy

He was right…….you are on our Deans list for the highest number of profile changes…..pleased to confer our highest honour of the FB University………
Narcissus …….Procrustes

The teacher is the mid-wife to the Adult…..> expert……..in 10000 hrs………a 10% monkey

What are you thinking?

Be the Dean of the FB university 💓

Regrets ………not enough followers…..even Mark is not followed ……..repeated prompts ….

Swa…bodha…….Swa..bhava

You speak English ?

We speak Inglish…..a meta language…………,for Process (Re?) Programming…………PRP…..a language for the transition

Like Sanskrit was ……once upon a time ……….English never was….will be….post transition

What English did to my location…..ThiruAnanthaPuram……..thiru means holy….Anantha= unending …notice the similarity…..Puram= city….the city of eternity

English > Trivandrum ……no meaning..our children prefer Trivandrum to Thiruananthapuram……they are educated…

The container is not the content…….map ….not the territory

Inglish is to English …..as what……..Fortran ..COBOL ……… ………to ……Java .. Python

Something like that……not exactly tho…

Why SWAbodha and SWAbhava?

Remember the Cowardly Lion …….Wizard of Oz………………..stripped off its…….lion….ness……..fiction

Fact is………we are more endangered than …….lions…..animal kingdom….planet ………we have lost our swabodha…….swabhava…….long lost our human….ness…..shadows

The source code is missing…..for over millennia….since we began parking our faith in fiction than facts…….the great progress that we are very proud of is a regress……Darwin was right….perverse……unfit to survive…..

This is where we are now

The position …..from where we take that first step Lao tsu talked about….journey of a 1000…………first step is not about stepping out………it is about finding out where we are now………..no wonder that we were lost in the desert for over 10000 years……with or without the best compass….GPS

We took this as our invariant position in 1990 when our Dean said……….GO…..he was right…………now we know…….he lent us his shoulders……..26 years for the straights……we are not straight….egists

Invariant?
Hmmm……..lets say variant invariant…..better

The year of the Virgin……singularity……end of history

The rest of the journey……..process………Rama….Sita….yours or mine…….1000/100000/~ ……..sum…two more steps……..direction + reflection

Shankara…yana started here..👣

Wiki…….Vamana….Thrivikrama…….master of physics

now > …….NOW…….

ETERNITY….RENEWAL…VIRGIN GROUND…..walking in …with…GOD…..s…good orderly direction…..

Life…..Prana……Pneuma

The energy that flows through a system acts to organize that system – Harold Joseph Morowitz

If not mucked up by us humans 🎄

Nature

Miracle……unexplainable by the known laws of nature

Known …< ……unknown …….explainable…

Reason

A Xian ?

A…..Thomist ….Dawkins of the day

In search of the Gold standard

Living Proof

” Full of energy, 92-year-old Shimon Peres was interviewed by the paper Le Figaro in which he said:

We are witnessing the transition from an old world to a new world—the era of territoriality and conquest is coming to an end. We now have a global economy, but there is no global government yet

In the new world it is impossible to rule, you should serve

At the end of the interview Peres said: “People often ask me how I manage to stay so young. The answer is simple: count how many things you have managed to do and how much is left unrealized.

If you have more plans than memories, you are young.”   ……    – Laitman …..

List of living (working) centenarians ……wiki….> ..the false normal….true normal

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Of Peanuts and Monkeys

Who are you calling a Monkey? Your dad? “

I called you the First Monkey, I thought I was flattering you

Google for the First Monkey Effect or ask your mentor

Rupert Sheldrake was living in your own city”

She cut me off !

I looked at the Mac, not wanting to face those fiery eyes.

It was stuck for the first time in its life dealing with the aftershocks of my fiddling with it to use the air drop to share something with Shastri. Wondering whether to go to him or not, I raised my head to stare into the same eyes that I wanted to avoid. Is this what they mean by manifesting ?

Still stuck with your I/OS ? “

Not I/OS, my iphone six is fine

I meant your Operating System not that of your phone. I was testing you on your very own O/S. It seems you dont understand both”

Peeved. I tried a prank. I must be becoming that what I thought my daughter was calling me.

Are you the First Monkey ?

The face lit up for the first time. I smiled at my own smartness, thanks to her

No that was a long long time ago, not any more. I watched his eyes. I could sense his going back reflecting.

You know the story ?

My smartness was not built to last. This time I played straight. I dont know Sir.

There was this Banana Island which the monkeys, the sole inhabitants of the Island, had declared the ‘Banana Republic’ far away from any other land mass where Bananas and Peanuts were available in plenty and the monkeys lived a happy life. There was also another nut with no name for it that the monkeys never ate. Mothers frowned at the little ones if they even dared to look at it. They could’nt use them like scarce pebbles on the beach to send them touch flying over the waves. Their folklore had it that long long ago, the mother judge of the tribe had hammered her little one to death for eating the nut with the very Hammer that she used to call the court to order.

Then it happened. One in a pair of twins, away from their mothers’ eyes did it again. It danced and jumped around with a wanton glee on its face. The other went rushing to pass on the news to the elders. The first one wanted to have more of the good thing. He rushed to the shore with a few more and sent them flying over the water. The last one that he had decided to eat fell into the water. He picked it up and ate it.

It was even sweeter, a double whammy, history went into the storybook

The noise from the on coming crowd could be heard in the distance. He thought of his next move.

The Potato chips came much later…

Next : Who owns your body ? What is your O/S ?

The Community College: Ride IT

“What are you building capacity for, the Taj, the Temple or Community?  Gurcharan Das’s ‘Cathedral building’ talks of building the Taj. ‘Ride IT’ fits the bill for real community building, building for the next generation, creating a footprint of their own by scavenging waste. “

“But carpooling has always been there, not been very successful.”

“Do you really want it to be successful? The government, employers and employees can come together, exempt road tax for corporate fleets and make such investments eligible for CSR benefits. It is more than free like all good things in life when four in five cars go off the roads, cars idling in parking lots carry employees from the graveyard shift, leverage shared journeys to promote internal and external community, reduce the carbon footprint, eliminate the need for a few flyovers……….. Don’t you see what they are trying to do?  If you can see it you can certainly do it. Gone are the days when your car created your identity. It is your sense of community that creates your identity”

“Should we build capacity or create an environment for expression of capacity?”

“We can build to break; we can also break and build. It depends”

“Check with the visual whether Ride IT fits the bill on all dimensions for   bringing community centre-stage through convergence “. Less is certainly more.

The Community Learning Engine

community college

“What do you mean, the learning engine? “

“The learning engine continually improves on its previous best performance. It feeds on waste like all good consultants do.”

“Let us look at our municipal corporation as a learning engine. It would look something like the next visual”

cc2

“GIGO, Garbage in garbage out?”

“Solid waste is very visible and tangible, the more vicious waste goes unseen, intangible. If you can see the waste behind an IMR of 40+, visualize all the wasted years, it might make one shirk off a little bit of complacency. If you want to solve the problem at source, see the garbage inside and treat it there. Intellectual poverty is more vicious than the other poverty”

“Why do you stress the visual so much?”

“Search for Sabrina Bresciani on Knowledge Visualisation. If you can see it you can do it. Text is no substitute for the visual in certain contexts- think of a map or the design of a machine. We are building a vision to be shared, the first step to building community.The issue is ‘New Literacy’ “

“New Literacy? What is that? “

Contextual Literacy

A desiccated self
 
Appropriated by priests and pedagogues
 
The elite vs the chaiwallahs 
 
A freedom struggle
 
Why do we call it the rush hour when nothing moves – Robbin Williams 
 
We thought, for him it moved
 
Standing up for 63 years
 
Did he? Do we? 
 
68 years of movement
 
All the moving, yet no movement
 
Development  or Re-development? 
 
Revenge of the underdog, Aam aadmi
 
A modified nation? 
 
Cannibals ?  
 
I go visiting my friend, the Amazonian headhunter
 
Shown the trophies – half a dozen heads.
 
I notice his sad face
 
“what is the problem, this is such a great collection?”
 
” No problem, but my brother has a dozen! ” – Jchaque Fresco
 
Have we graduated from our hunting gathering days? 
 
What trophies do we collect?
 
Head hunting new style ! 
 
Turning us into humanoids
 
A robotic future
 
Piper of Hamlin –  a few more generations and there will be just one piper and one music 
 
Are we cannibals?
 
Parents feeding on children and now children feeding on parents.
 
Priests feeding on the laity
 
Pedagogues feeding on their students
 
Politicians on citizens 
 
 
Contextual literacy. 
 
 
The dog barks, tree doesn’t though all trees have barks. Stripped of the context, bark can not stand alone, the problem with literacy.  It cannot stand alone for long. Kerala is 100% literate or almost so. But which literacy are we talking about?  If it is about the new literacy, the state might get classified as neo-illiterate!  
 
Nothing to worry, there will be even Nobel laureates depending on how we define new literacy. 
 
So what is New Literacy? 
 
The learning outcome of New Literacy is adulthood in the true sense of the term. 

Re-emergence of Asian Management

First Discipline

Discipline of disciplines

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The Re-emergence of Asian Management 

Ancient Roots, Global Reach 

Analytics, integration, the three imperatives and six perfections 

Category: Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Business, Development, Governance and Management 

Contents:  Foreword, Dialogue Development and CommunityNew LiteracyFirst Discipline FrameworkProcessMetaphoriaReflectionsFutureFAQs

Foreword

First Discipline (FD) is the discipline of disciplines, the base from which other disciplines are derived. Disciplines, art, science or religion, are but collections of maps of physical or virtual spaces. Literate or illiterate, we cannot survive without maps. We start with models and when results meet our expectations consistently, we elevate them to the level of maps. An example is the periodic table. At the highest level maps  connect meta-disciplines unifying them into knowledge and wisdom. The silos get connected. The self is the agent of learning and transformation of data to information creating sense, meaning and structure. It follows that FD is also the study of the self in relation to the whole, from the level of the personal to family, groups, organizations, and society.

Technological bandwidth increases at a frenetic pace. We also find instances of human bandwidth shrinking even faster. The paradox necessitates that we develop a framework, lens, that facilitates analytics and integration,  seeing and showing the deep structures to achieve much higher levels of integration

Growth is a process of resolving issues of identity, moving from dependence to independence and to interdependence. Individuals, teams, organisations and communities need to go through the process. Copying from less complex contexts will not suffice to stay ahead. It is essential to go far beyond imitation to create competitive advantages. FD offers an analytic and integration tool and methodology to address these challenges and disconnects. Through visual semiotics, it incorporates eco-literacy, the new spirituality of work, system thinking, cultural archetypes, continual renewal, mental maps, personal mastery and other unifiers to work together like an operating system of the self at different levels.  Transfer of learning and mastery of  competences are acquired at a faster pace in comparison to any other approach. If the world has turned out to be imperfect, it has more to do with these models of the world than the world outside. The visual semiotic tool, the new eyes,  show us a coherent whole giving us the new vision an essential prerequisite to creating a more desirable future. As in the case of a terrestrial journey, the approach incorporates positioning, measurement, feedback and reflection, functions that are carried out by the compass, clock and the feedback system that enables the traveler to be on course.

How and what we learn as individuals, communities and community will decide our common future. Targeted learning is context and problem specific and seeks to connect, reflect and catalyze- better, faster and deeper. The pace of learning is the differentiator in the race for market share. Technology and the internet have changed the paradigms of learning. The full impact is not felt since habits linger on. It is feasible now to leave rote learning to the memory devices freeing time and effort to more productive. Learning on a need to learn basis at the time it is required is feasible. Self mediates in the process of transformation of data to information and knowledge creating sense, meaning and structure in turn leading to learning and improvement. Mastery of this process, at the level of individuals, organisations, community and society at large is critical the developmental process.

Icons and symbols, like road signs and traffic signals, can function like a compass. The Graphic User interface accelerated the emergence of a connected world. Within the networks is silicon which has the innate quality of connecting and forming very long chains. Digital and other deeper disconnects of multiple dimensions slow down the journey toward the higher evolutionary potential in us, individual or collective, creating serious threats to the very survival of the species. Marshall Goldsmith tells us ‘What Got You Here Won’t Get You There‘. If we go by history and precedence we wouldn’t have made the moon shots. History is created when we make it history.

The nature of the common journey is that we move towards our completeness and to greater completeness. A parallel can be drawn for this journey too, similar to out other journeys. Let us say that the journey begins now. I am in Bangalore and the time is 10 AM, 31 May 2008. We need a compass/map and the clock to do this. I would like to go to Mumbai. The direction too is fixed. As I take every step on my journey to Mumbai, I need to make sure that I am moving in the right direction and not away from it. This is reflecting looking back and forth to make sure that the process is in control. The three keywords are Position, Direction and Reflection the basic essentials to take on the physical world. Given the other requisites one is certain to reach Mumbai. Without the first three all the rest will not take us to Mumbai.

Mapping the physical world has become very precise in our times. Between Galileo’s telescope   the Hubble and the Femtoscope, are the very large and the very small – farther and deeper. The observer connects the two attempting to comprehend the whole. Yet we will never comprehend the whole in its totality. At best it will always remain an approximation and there will always be unknowables. What we can comprehend of the physical world is so vast that a system is required to navigate. The journey of life is much more than a journey through external space since we are much more than our physical selves. How does one position oneself for this journey? It is the self which fixes the position, direction and reflect on itself as to the progress of the process. The observer and the observed are parts of the same system. Mapping the whole system, physical, nonphysical, external and internal and evolving a navigational tool is one of the basic requisites for the journey on that less travelled road. From 1981 to 1990, we worked towards evolving the FDF, the road map. Eco-literacy, the new spirituality, system thinking, cultural archetypes, continual renewal, mental maps, personal mastery, and many more unifiers are embedded in the tool.  Since then we have been using tool for dialogue in diverse contexts though dialogue is not in our habit. Politicians and priests preach, professionals prescribe, teachers lecture, parents advise. Dialogue needs adults, not leaders and followers or shepherds and sheep. The approach is process and dialogue based, in real time, stretching without burnout and improves alignment at deeper levels of the self for sustained high performance.  Dream work, re-framing of mental maps through storytelling/writing, envisioning, action learning in a simulated work environment are some aspects of the methodology. The context and details vary but the principles remain the same. Since going online from May 2008, the dialogue continues globally and in real- time.

This living document is the outcome of this continual dialogue. It gets written on its own. In the past, several thousands, bulk of them from the edges, have participated in the process.  I/we in the document represent any one or the community which includes me. Among others, I remain one of the facilitators to the process and I alone am responsible for the biases, errors, omissions and jargon that would have crept in, un-noticed.

Many dots remain to be connected.  Welcome to the dialogue and to connect more of them.

Joseph Manuel

Real-time community learning

In the early nineties. we struggled hard to get people together in sufficient numbers to present our tentative views, the framework and methodology for accelerated community learning. We wanted these to be real-time experiential workshops that lasted for three to four days for over eight hours a day. At best in a month we could do one such event. .With social media we can do this 24×7 without  moving out of our homes and in case we need to get them together for closer encounters it is  a breeze..

How is this impacting our lives and notions of leadership?

Beyond the Jasmine revolution, Occupy Wall street, and similar seemingly leader less upheavals, where is this taking us?

How do we leverage this possibility for non-stop community learning transcending convectional barriers of time space and scale for the common good ?

Finally, are we moving to an age of maturity at a scale unimaginable a few decades ago?

Here is an excerpt from one of the social net working sites over  a few hours.

“Amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.”

ARN and 2 others like this.

“Amateurs built the ark with divine professional help and instructions. The architect of the Titanic did not have that benefit. The result was obvious”

“Building up a case for leadership by default. Leaderless is not rudderless”

“Look at India if you want to, the best example of leaderless development. The future is Indian and Indian = global”

“There is  a method in the madness. We just need to find the method”

“A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory”. Steven Wright”

“Which is more important, memory or forgetting?”

“Social entrepreneurs solve problems by disrupting existing systems, as microfinance has, or through breakthrough product design, like the solar powered lights from d.light design,”

‎”Cultural entrepreneurs solve problems by disrupting belief systems, sometimes using mass media such as soap operas or social media to deepen the involvement.” – Social Edge

“Paraprosdokian = a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part – Eg: “You can always count on the Americans to do the right thing—after they have tried everything else.” —Winston Churchill, Wiki.

“Chew the cud. Our system 1 is like the first stomach of the cow. Rote is for mastication leading to learning > clarity> clear consciousness>Intelligence> Intuition>Synthesis. Now we can forget the rote, no harm and what is wiki and Google for if not to free our own memory space”

” Russian saying: A clear conscience is the softest pillow.”

Aswini calls: “Who is a professional?”

“Et tu Aswini. Some one who is 60 + (like me !) in good health, has a tool box of competencies perfected over 15 + years which he continues to practice in a particular domain and most important with a code of ethics which he is willing to die for”

God himself supervised the first one…and Devil the second …well perhaps !!!!

“God and the Devil – Singularity vs duality? Design vs default,leader vs follower, man vs woman. Intelligence is seeing through Intelligences – IQ, EQ, Qualitative,naturalistic, Intra, Inter, gender, community……”

“We need to move from either or to the holy conjunction AND. Good and bad, God and Devil. We are moving to the domain of professionals and solutions now.”

See the connections ?

Overheard 

“Academics, where illegibility is a virtue
can a discipline founded on scarcity take us to abundance,
or on death take us to life?”

 

Reflections: Deciphering the literacy code, the life hackers

 Infographic Thinking

Continued from, The new literacy

Lifehacking was not coined in those days. The process and the outcomes are summed up in the visual

Nazki the poet, Rob the painter and Professor PC Devassia, Indian Sanskrit scholar and poet were our touch stones for deciphering the literacy code. I met PCD in 1981, 75 at the time. He passed away in 2006 at over 100 years fulfilling all his goals that he had declared himself when he was 60.

He could see for forty years.

Passing the lie detector is no proof of truth and truth detectors are not yet in the market.  Time will prove whether all the noise has any substance.

Has literacy, the real stuff, got anything to do with longevity or sustained high performance? Wiki has a list of lists of centenarians which comes close to our population of literate people. There are 19 categories in this list of lists. Here is the one that relates to literacy.

There is no exclusive list for economists, physicists or physicians. Their theories do not help themselves. Poets, painters, musicians, mathematicians and business men appear to be more literate.   

The man, and his work: 

The literacy matrix

Smoking causes cancer? Most of the cases around me are people who have never smoked from families with no history of smoking. Smoking can at best be just one of the many factors that would have gone into the making of cancer. But this one statement turns us myopic to more obvious reasons other than smoking and the cocktail effect of all those unrecognised factors. For the same reasons, we need to approach literacy from multiple perspectives and with the outcomes  in mind rather than the input or intervening variables. The one outcome that we desired was literacy should take us to adulthood, enable us to self-manage and enhance community which involves

Reading and viewing to seeing

Positioning oneself

Directioning, where am I / are we going?

Reflecting, to be human is to self-reflect ?

Seek, asking questions, digital literacy, going beyond the tools

Bridging the conscious unconscious divide, aligning with the unconscious and the unknowable

Sustainability Less is more. Living without stealing from the future and not leaving any  footprints. Poorrich. Community, Commons

Shifting from sprint to marathon, from shooting stars to light houses

Learning from doing

Time literacy

Science literacy

One thing we learnt in B-School from all those case studies was not to look at anything with a single lens. Use as many as possible and if there is agreement between most of them we are more likely to fare better than most.

If the lens itself is broken, we see everything as fragmented.

” How much time does it take to repair the lens?”

“24 working hours or even less”

” IF so why do we have schools?”

” Your parents have to go to work, come home from work and in between they have to pretend that they work . They also do not know what to do with you if you are not sent to school.”

“True”