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Culture matters
International Futures Forum - US
Berkeley HUB November 2010
editorial@internationalfuturesforum.com
Cultures create psyches and
psyches create cultures
► Inhabitants of coherent cultures share core
narratives, patterns of ...
Psycho-cultural co-
creation
Cultures provide
►Framing to make meaning from the “buzzing
confusion”
►Alignment of expectations
►Safe management of dive...
The deeper news
• Identity
• Attention (what we notice)
• Perception (what we see)
• Motivation (what we strive for)
• Mea...
Mental autopilot
►The range of what we think and do is
limited by what we fail to notice. And
because we fail to notice th...
Harmony
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The times they are a changin’
►Now and then there is a sudden and
rapid passage to a totally new and
more comprehensive ty...
Workplace
profession
Ancestors
family and
progeny
Neighborhood
club
Sexuality
psychology
self
personality
Logic, language,...
Workplace
profession
Ancestors
family and
progeny
Neighborhood
club
Sexuality
psychology
self
personality
nationality lang...
Source:TheGuardian,summer2007
Inflection Point
Maladaptive responses
Its about consciousness
►Without a global revolution in the sphere of
human consciousness, nothing will change
for the bet...
Interregnum
► Zygmunt Bauman’ describes a "liquid" modernity: a
state of constantly changing circumstances and
shifting pr...
Questions
1. Are we correct that this is a crisis of culture
in the US and not just financial, economic,
political etc?
2....
Culture Matters:  are we facing a crisis of culture?
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Culture Matters: are we facing a crisis of culture?

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Notes for discussion in the US in November 2010 about whether the country faces a crisis of culture as well as a political, financial, economic crisis etc. What exactly is a 'crisis of culture'?

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Culture Matters: are we facing a crisis of culture?

  1. 1. Culture matters International Futures Forum - US Berkeley HUB November 2010 editorial@internationalfuturesforum.com
  2. 2. Cultures create psyches and psyches create cultures ► Inhabitants of coherent cultures share core narratives, patterns of expectations and behaviors and conceptual frames that pervade every aspect of life ► This worldview defines the psychology--identity and mental capacities or “mind” of the socially desired and successful person ► Locally distinct ways of life simultaneously express, maintain and perpetuate this psychology ► When cultural contexts change or collide, psychologies adapt, transform, or collapse.
  3. 3. Psycho-cultural co- creation
  4. 4. Cultures provide ►Framing to make meaning from the “buzzing confusion” ►Alignment of expectations ►Safe management of diversity ►Containers and outlets for existential anxieties ►Rules for collaboration ►Civilize group behavior (regulate balance between haves and have nots) ►Reinforcement of "internalized reality maps" to guide individual actions , socialize children and newcomers
  5. 5. The deeper news • Identity • Attention (what we notice) • Perception (what we see) • Motivation (what we strive for) • Meaning making (what we make of it) • Brain development • Emotions that are triggered by experience • Learning (what we retain and associate) • Epistemology (the basis truth claims) • What we know-technical knowledge, concepts, information, habits, culture • Conceptual strategies and rules for using accumulated knowledge of humanity
  6. 6. Mental autopilot ►The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice there is little we can do to change, until we notice how failing to notice shapes out thoughts and deeds . R.D. Laing.
  7. 7. Harmony
  8. 8. I N D I V I D U A L I D E N T I T Y
  9. 9. The times they are a changin’ ►Now and then there is a sudden and rapid passage to a totally new and more comprehensive type of order or organization, with quite new emergent properties, and involving quite new methods of further evolution. Julian Huxley, 1st director general of UNESCO 1950 ►
  10. 10. Workplace profession Ancestors family and progeny Neighborhood club Sexuality psychology self personality Logic, language, culture of socialization, landscape, climate Religion, beliefs. values Pol party Travel experiences immigration /dislocation Social/Economic /power status Education Training. Skills gender race age health Sports club Adverts Media Means of sustenance
  11. 11. Workplace profession Ancestors family and progeny Neighborhood club Sexuality psychology self personality nationality language, culture of socialization, landscape, climate Religion, beliefs. values Pol party Travel experiences immigration Economic status Education Training. skills race age health Sports club Adverts Media
  12. 12. Source:TheGuardian,summer2007
  13. 13. Inflection Point
  14. 14. Maladaptive responses
  15. 15. Its about consciousness ►Without a global revolution in the sphere of human consciousness, nothing will change for the better in the sphere of our being as humans, and the catastrophe toward which we are headed . . . will be unavoidable. Vaclav Havel (Quoted in Lasley, 1994,p. 3)
  16. 16. Interregnum ► Zygmunt Bauman’ describes a "liquid" modernity: a state of constantly changing circumstances and shifting priorities that make it difficult for individuals to have the time or frames of reference to organize their lives under conditions of extreme ambiguity.
  17. 17. Questions 1. Are we correct that this is a crisis of culture in the US and not just financial, economic, political etc? 2. What are you seeing or experiencing that makes you feel that is so? 3. Where are the signs of hope?

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