A Post-Pandemic Perspective Using “Warm Data”

Kenneth Silvestri
ILLUMINATION-Curated
4 min readJul 26, 2021

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Key points

  • Our world is an ecological process that is more than the sum of its parts.
  • It may not make sense to go back to business as usual given lessons learned from the recent pandemic.
  • “Warm Data” is a relational process that encourages us to recognize our interdependency.
  • Through mutual dialogue we can experience the advantages of diversity within safe environments and understand our ability to make adjustments.

“Collaboration is the readiness to show up and do what needs to be done, in improvisation and mutual learning” -Nora Bateson

If you believe or at least can relate to our world being an ecological process, one where we and all non-human entities are interdependent, then it makes sense to view our world and the totality of nature as being more than the sum of its parts. All of which have a role in supporting our planet. It is quite different than what I was taught at P.S. Tensies in Paterson, NJ, which was that the whole was equal to the sum of its parts. However, this paradigm, still very dominant, is mistakenly based on the theory that we function separately.

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This unfortunately has been made implicit in our culture, exacerbated by the pandemic, and is sustained by institutions whose ethos is…

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Kenneth Silvestri
ILLUMINATION-Curated

Dr. Kenneth Silvestri, is a psychotherapist, certified homeopath, poet, and author of A Wider Lens; Train Romance; and Legacy Poems, www.drkennethsilvestri.com