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Psychodynamics of collective engagement with polyhedral value configurations


Psychodynamics of Collective Engagement with Polyhedral Value Configurations
Eliciting engagement through value "frames of reference"
Cognitive fusion: "light" of comprehension -- of values?
Value embodiment: participatory engagement with environmental reality
Value-engendering psychoactive environmental dynamic
Engendering psychoactive resonance through the mnemonic qualities of complex topologies
Variety of relationships between topos and topology
Re-enchantment of environmental engagement through polyhedral animations
Wisdom -- to be elicited dynamically through metaphor?

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Following clarification of these issues, the question explored is how people and groups can comprehend and engage with configurations of values. The issue of "topology" is highlighted to contrast this approach with the universal tendency to present sets of values as a checklist, organized simplistically and asystemically. There is little consideration for the mnemonic factors that reinforce and sustain engagement with them -- and appropriate use of them as a strategic vehicle appropriate to a global knowledge society faced with the continuing challenge of engendering the "political will to change" (International Organizations and the Generation of the Will to Change, 1970).

Fundamentally the concern here is with the challenge of "reading" linear descriptions of any set of values, as posed by this text itself, and then engaging with them. For this reason this linear argument may perhaps best be considered as optional commentary to the animations presented here to accompany the text.

The context for the argument developed here is provided separately (Topology of Valuing: dynamics of collective engagement with polyhedral value configurations, 2008; In Quest of Engaging Values: context of the Human Values and Wisdom Project, 2008; Coherent Value Frameworks: pillar-ization, polarization and polyhedral frames of reference, 2008). This document contains the References for all three. However the argument of all three is summarized in a final paper (Embodying Values Dynamically through Alternation: integrating sets of polarized static values through indicative metaphor, 2008). The argument has also been presented in poster form In Quest of a Strategic Pattern Language: a new architecture of values [also available in PDF].

This exploration is associated with related studies of the relevance of "polyhedral" structures to governance (Towards Polyhedral Global Governance: complexifying oversimplistic strategic metaphors, 2008; Polyhedral Pattern Language: software facilitation of emergence, representation and transformation of psycho-social organization, 2008; Configuring Global Governance Groups: experimental visualization of possible integrative relationships, 2008).

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