The Garden of Liberation

A few weeks ago, at the Drammen Sacred music festival near Oslo, I gave a talk titled “Buddhadasa’s Buddhism and Nurbakhsh’s Sufism – Different Roads to the Same Destination”. With that talk and this blog post, The Garden of Liberation project or prototype has begun to exist. Bringing religion or spirituality to bear upon our impending cultural …

A collective mind — Part One

 1 The collective mind challenge  An attractive side of our (Knowledge Federation’s) Tesla and the Nature of Creativity 2015 project is that it has allowed us to develop and propose a solution to an intriguing long-standing scientific open problem – whose practical relevance cannot be overstated! Vannevar Bush called attention to this problem in 1945, in his article “As We May Think”. Having, as …

Enabling social-systemic transformations

Can social scientists team up with other scientists and stakeholders, and transform (rather than only observe) the society? A stage for this academic transformation has just been set. Excellently organized by Karen O’Brien and Linda Sygna here at the University of Oslo last week, the Transformation in a Changing Climate conference brought together some 250 engaged participants from …

Toward a scientific understanding and treatment of problems

“Toward a scientific understanding and treatment of problems” is the title of the talk I gave last Wednesday through Skype, to the international workshop  Information Technology and Journalism at IUC Dubrovnik, see this talk’s Prezi. By “problems”, I explained, I mean above all the large characteristic contemporary issues such as the climate change; but also other problems, …

The Game-Changing Game—a practical way to craft the future

“Crafting the Future” was the title of the tenth conference of the European Academy of Design (EAD10) last April in Gothenburg, Sweden. In my article I submitted The Game-Changing Game as a practical way to craft the future. I used the qualifier ‘practical’ for two reasons: To hint that ways for crafting the future that …

Science and religion

In Norwegian Aftenposten a debate is raging about a recurring theme. Under the title “Science opens for God” Moan and Saugstad argued that “It is a myth that Christianity cannot be reconciled with modern science. Perhaps it has never been more open for God’s existence than now”. In “Science does not open for God”, Pettersen, …

Design epistemology

I have a three year-old son named Noah. A personal joke has been that “epistemology” would be the first word Noah would learn. To an outsider, this must sound unbelievably nerdy: Imagine the face of this little one as his father tells him about—epistemology! The pun is that Noah’s father believes that epistemology is likely …

Orienting global change by changing education

As it was the case two years ago, this year’s meeting of Knowledge Federation in Dubrovnik brought an upsurge of activity. Knowledge Federation is reorganizing, and at the same time expanding into new domains. To give you a flavor, I quote this email that I sent yesterday to the students of our new international “Systemic …

Information Age coming of age

As in every epoch of its existence, mankind today finds itself in a particular “situation”. And as always this situation is created and nurtured by those who live amid the myriad events that comprise it—events that now are in the process of tumultuous and ever accelerating change, events that now increasingly and even violently clash with …

Foundation Frontier

I wrote this title to suggest: something attractive—a “frontier” opening up, in academia and knowledge work at large, where we can update the very foundation of what we do; something hidden—as a “foundation” tends to be, this frontier is, as it were, ‘hidden under the ground,’ and we have as challenge to make it visible. …