Participatory Inquiry, episode 26: Mind & Matter

“In a network, the conversation is the work and work is a subset of play is a subset of process is a subset of life.”

In a network, the formal, horizontal aspect of a working network — meaningful connectivity, story and data, data and story — is guided by an underlying informal aspect, that in China is understood as guanxi.

Contextual Intelligence
In a network, the formal, vertical aspect of a working network, the organizing structure, takes place in a context of nature, dialogue, generativity, creativity (elimination of options), intelligence, performance, learning and mutuality.

Conversations that 
Mind and Matter

Both the meaningful connectivity and the guanxi (Chinese & Universal) comes alive and into being through a set of complex responsive processes, co-evolving with the organizing, the organizing structures:

- codified intentions 
- culturally sanctioned perspectives and frames
- socially adopted language
- tools in common use
- practices

Here, practices are to be understood as an ongoing creative tension between a representational subset, a theory/practice duality — and an intersubjective enactivity superset, where

“..attention to communicative practices or activities in which conversation, text, context, and extra-linguistic material are conjoined to form meaning and objects, and produce organizing effects.” 
 — Mylene Hardy

Some thinks make time
The word thing can refer to both a place where communicative practices are put to good use exploring and resolving important affairs as well as (the crafting of) meaningful objects.

A choice, select set of these effects are then over time turned into social, cultural artifacts, forming a Tea House Sequence, a generative sequence:

organizing, organizing structures 
and organization

Thinks co-evolving with things. We shape things 
that shape us in return and in kind.

“Some thinks make time. 
Some things take time.”


Guanxi: Materializing Social Health

In a vibrant, healthy network,

- organization co-evolves with complex responsive processes 
(eg stakeholder dialogue)

- organizing structures are characterised within a structuring superset including eudaimonia (selfhood), economy (service) and ecosystemics (synthesis) and

- organizing can be seen as both a subset of flow as well as a set of patterns (path, virtue) in the intersect of process and structure.

Ends & Means
The purpose of guanxi is to attend to all the necessary and sufficient aspects of human affairs, guided by the overarching principle of maintaining harmony between heaven (selfhood) and earth, evolutionary synthesis and ecosystemics, with prosperous interactions (servant leadership, followership and economical transactions) as one of the means.

Living Systems & Contextual Intelligence

“People must simultaneously compute their interest as it intersects with that of the object they orient to, in the context of the relationship they are involving themselves in with others who share their object orientation but not necessarily their view of the appropriate orientation to it.” 
 — James R. Taylor

People, Play, Planet

The networks and the graphs that forms out of this ongoing re- and co-orientation, can be seen as including three dimensions:

- people: learning & mutuality (eudaimonia)

- play: creativity & generativity (economics)

- planet: nature & dialogue (ecosystemics)

Needless to say, these three, people, play and planet, form one system, one living, evolving system. Nature and Culture, Culture and Nature: Mind & Matter. Conversations that Mind and Matter.

Participatory Inquiry, episode 26: Mind & Matter

Steven Wei