Chaordic Way Harkins

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Chaordic Way Harkins

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

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