Chaordic Way Harkins

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IS/LS 5950-001, Spring 2008

IS/LS 5950-001, Spring 2008

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  • 1. The Chaordic Way Arthur Harkins, Ph.D. John Moravec, Ph.D. Innovation Studies
  • 2. The Chaordic Way: Creative Blends of Chaos and Order
    • Welcome
    • Introductions of participants
    • Introduction to the workshop
    • Faculty presentations
      • Harkins
      • Moravec
      • Group discussion of presentation points
  • 3. The Chaordic Way: “Gray Areas” and “Sweet Spots” in resilient, anticipatory living
    • Chaordic StoryTech exercises
    • Lunch break at 12:00 (45 minutes)
    • Further StoryTechs, pointing toward the workshop paper
    • Small group work on paper topics
    • Wrap-up at 2:30 – 3:00
  • 4. What will you be doing today?
    • Learning from the faculty and your peers
    • Interactively developing a possible paper topic
    • Writing short stories about your connections to chaordia
    • Looking for ”Gray Areas” and “Sweet Spots” to facilitate your stories
    • Preparing to read Hock and Frankl
  • 5. Presentation: What are chaordia and the Chaordic Way? Arthur Harkins, Ph.D. Faculty Director, IS Faculty Director, Leapfrog Institutes
  • 6. Key ideas
    • What Dee Hock meant by the term
    • How chaordia relates to yin and yang
    • How chaordia relates to the Tao
    • Relationship of Viktor Frankl to Chaordia
    • How chaordia ties to futuring
    • How chaordia ties to innovation
  • 7. Important caveats
    • Why chaos is not “random” but is another form of order
    • Why order is not without chaos
    • The role of complexity in human systems
    • The role of simplexity in human systems
    • Problems associated with conceptions of “the” system
    • Why both order and chaos are problematic
  • 8. Making sense of things
    • Chaordia as a modern expression of yin and yang
    • Chaordia as a modern expression of Tao
    • The humanistic sides of yin and yang, Tao, and chaordia
    • Why “Gray Areas” are so important
    • Why “Sweet Spots” are so important
    • Chaordia as personal and social software
  • 9. How chaordia works
    • Opens up options
    • Competes with dualistic thinking/actions
    • Reduces anxiety, confusion, feelings of powerlessness
    • Functions like “magic”
    • Functions like “prayer”
    • Opens minds to new perspectives/realities
    • Leads to new stories of human potential
  • 10. Everyday applications of chaordia: developing “chaordic capital” in…
    • Personal cultures
    • Social and cultural institutions
    • Hardware/SW systems, including IA & AI
    • Ecosystems and egosystems
    • Alternative presents, pasts, and futures
    • Alternative and parallel worlds
  • 11. How does Frankl link to chaordics?
    • Role of alternative futures in human life
    • Role of purposiveness in human life
    • Logotherapy to help overcome shock, apathy, bitterness, and disillusionment
    • Replacing apathy with choice
    • Substituting the will to create meaning
    • Basing much on the creation of future-focused imagery, stories, and dramas
  • 12. Frankl was not delusional
    • He understood reality
    • He lived in reality
    • BUT:
    • -He understood the power of alternatives
    • -He developed his own alternatives
    • -He evolved within his alternatives
    • -He became bi-cultural in profound ways
    • -He grew young and prospered
    • -He changed our collective future
  • 13. Now, John will now provide “Gray Area” and “Sweet Spot” examples of how to grow young and prosper through chaordics - today and in future!