This afternoon, I was consoling my son who was crying after getting a jab in the eye, when I heard another parent say to their son, "there will be no crying on the playground today!" Years ago, as a freshly minted teenager in 1984, I remember the criticism voiced around dining room tables when Geraldine… Continue reading Politics, Emotions and Intelligence
Introduction I have recently been working with clients in the non-profit world who have been using systems thinking and mapping. These organizations are working on a variety of social and environmental change questions. Their goals are greater understanding of their systems to create effective, lasting, positive change. What they have found is that while they value systems thinking… Continue reading What Belongs? Three Dimensions of a Social Constellation
"...I feel like education is a way of keeping knowledge from the students. That it’s used to teach them how to be powerless, how to lose their power." This past November, I was an organizer and presenter for the 2015 North American Systemic Constellations Conference. I focused my presentation on the Expanded Knowing Project - my topic: “Education, Justice… Continue reading Knowledge is power – and I’m not sharing it!
(Most scholars pronounce her name, given to her by the Hidatsa tribe, with a hard g: Sah-KAH-gah-WEE-ah) A year ago, my young daughter and I signed up to see an all-Native production of Sacagawea, Bird Woman. Knowing little about her beyond a few basic facts and her image on the dollar coin, we decided to do a… Continue reading From Meaningless to Meaning-Full: How I Used Body-Centered Inquiry to Understand the Life of Sacagawea.
As a former biology teacher, I understand that life is an "interconnected web." Why, I taught my students about the food chain and the water cycle and the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Of course, I understood even at the time that these were simplistic and incomplete models. What I didn't recognize was that I was… Continue reading The promise – and problem – of systems thinking.
Conventional thinking is analytical. It focuses on characterizing, categorizing and differentiating individuals and groups. Image @bortwein https://www.flickr.com/photos/bortwein/5859773147/ It is an efficient way to got a lot of information about many things, and it is the mainstay of western education. Analytical thinking is at its best when accompanied by direct experience. We integrate the knowledge we gain into our… Continue reading Is our educational system teaching us to objectify the world?
We have been working from a very restrictive paradigm when it comes to how we know things. Like Rodin's "The Thinker", we have placed enormous emphasis on using our brain to make sense of bits of information in order to try to know something. Anyone who has ever sifted through research data, or news reports,… Continue reading Empower Your Body-Mind!