Kenneth Silvestri
ILLUMINATION-Curated
13 min readJan 27, 2021

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How to Widen Your Lens and become a Systemic Thinker and Communicator: in memory of Paul Byers

Interdependent Ecology © Kenneth Silvestri

“The universe is a significant single whole…the most important function of art and science is to awaken this feeling and keep it alive in those who are receptive to it.”

Albert Einstein

It was my mentor, Paul Byers from Columbia University, who introduced me to the concept of Systemic Thinking and how to widen my lens. While his previous career as a photographer, prior to being an anthropologist, may have contributed to this, I think rather it enhanced his view. When I decided to widen the lens of my own personal environment, I made a pact to celebrate all my interpersonal relationships. These were not just words; this pact included embracing the many possibilities in what I call the “art of communication.” It was my commitment to make a conscious effort to deemphasize merely “doing things” and accentuate the “be” part of myself. I felt that I can better know who I was through relationships. This seemed to be a good prerequisite to a much higher and encompassing style of communicating. It also opened the door to my being more empathic and forgiving. It felt like a “softening” of my being. The consequence of this shift was that I began experiencing the “energy” of communication and the art of understanding what it meant to be interdependent., which in its pure sense encouraged an awareness of my good intentions. In short…

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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