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In Quest of Mnemonic Catalysts

For comprehension of complex psychosocial dynamics (Part #1)


Annex to Imagining the Real Challenge and Realizing the Imaginal Pathway of Sustainable Transformation


Introduction
Fish-pond dynamics
WH-questions and non-linear dynamics
Martial arts
Symbol systems and playing cards
Resilience
Consilience
Five-fold pattern
Beyond two-dimensional representations
Möbius transformations
Catastrophe revisited
Configuring catastrophes
Wu Xing revisited
4-wheeled drive vehicle
Musical epistemology
Optical systems
"Dual-use" technologies

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Introduction

The diagrams (Figure 1, elaborated in Figure 2) in the main paper are an effort to hold within a single framework a number of strategic dimensions and dynamics descriptive of the contemporary challenge. They endeavour to interrelate the problematique, resolutique, "imaginatique" and "irresolutique". This poses a challenge to comprehension.

The arguments for identifying the following mnemonic aids were articulated for a meeting on Forms of Presentation (Geneva, 1980) of the Goals. Processes and Indicators of Development project of the United Nations University (Minding the Future: thought experiment on presenting new information, 1980). It is to be expected that different aids would appeal, or not, to different people to a different degree. The items included below are therefore necessarily indicative of possibilities rather than definitive. The principal criterion is the ability to facilitate understanding.

ather than definitive. The principal criterion is the ability to facilitate understanding.


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