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Requisite map for governance in the future?


System Dynamics, Hypercycles and Psychosocial Self-organization (Part #4)


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The main paper (Club of Rome Reports and Bifurcations: a 40-year overview, 2010) raises the question as to where is the map to navigate a turbulent emerging future? How best to understand the form and shape of the space "populated" by global governance initiatives -- and variously hostile reaction to them? The occasional celebration by myth that any such map is hidden within whoever is in quest of it holds an ironic truth if the pattern in question is evident in the organization of molecular pathways art the cellular level -- of metabolic pathways (Metabolic Visualizer; Doutor Pedro Silva, A general overview of the major metabolic pathways, 2002).

Given the arguments for self-reflexivity, another approach, in the light of current reflections by a number of authors on cognitive engagement with the environment is, controversially, to consider the territory as the map -- a practice common in indigenous societies (The Territory Construed as the Map: in search of radical design innovations in the representation of human activities and their relationships, 1979).

It could be fruitfully assumed that each of the initiatives, and their components, could be understood as a consequence of a form of speciation within an ecosystem of modelling/mapping approaches. The emergence of new initiatives would then be an effort to establish a distinct competitive advantage, whether or not the older efforts continue to co-exist with the newer, at least to some degree. The maps could then each be seen as partial approaches to a more comprehensive understanding. Mapping the "location" of the initiatives in relation to one another would then constitute a significant exercise in self-reflexivity -- compensating for the tendency of each to imply claims for more comprehensive significance that is appropriate. Why is self-reflexivity resisted in relation to mapping psychosocial dynamics (Consciously Self-reflexive Global Initiatives: Renaissance zones, complex adaptive systems, and third order organizations, 2007)?