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Distinguishing Emergent Conceptual Polarities: experimental ordering of a collection of research papers (Part #10)


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Global (collective, governance) -- Personal (individual, subjective, embodiment)

Global: In contrast to the long-term focus on "international" and "world" forms of organization, the focus on "global" forms has suggested a degree of conceptual integration and coherence obscured by the conventional preoccupation with trade-related issues (see Global modelling perspective, 1991; Globalization of Knowledge and Insight, 1997; Future Generation through Global Conversation, 1997; Global Civil Society: strategic comments on the path ahead. 2003) as well as the potential for its manipulation (see Discrimination and Fragmentation in the 1970s: an organized response to global crisis, 1971; Category Manipulation in Global Dialogue, 2000; Globalization within a Global Potemkin Society, 2000; Promoting a Singular Global Threat -- Terrorism: Strategy of choice for world governance, 2002; Globalization of Death: checklist. 2003; Global Strategic Implications of the Unsaid: from myth-making to a wisdom society, 2003).

Associated with the question of complexity and emergent order has been the possibility of global self-organization (Configuring Globally and Contending Locally: shaping the global network of local bargains, 1992; Spherical configuration of interlocking roundtables: Internet enhancement of global self-organization through patterns of dialogue, 1998; 1998) and the design perspective required for innovative global management (1989).

A particular concern has been global governance (Metaphor as a Language for Global Governance, 1993; Four Complementary Languages Required for Global Governance, 1998) and the constraints on its development ((Tank-thoughts from Think-tanks: constraining metaphors on developing global governance, 2003; 12 Complementary Languages for Sustainable Governance, 2003).

Global community, its learning capacity (1980, 1981, 1982), and its sustainability through dialogue, has also been a preoccupation (1995) as has the role of global information systems (Need for a World Management Information System to Assist Initiation and Coordination of Global Development Programmes, 1969; Songlines of the Noosphere: global configuration of hypertext pathways, 1996; Simulating a Global Brain: using networks of international organizations, world problems, strategies, and values, 2001)
Personal: The development of a database of approaches to human development, including modes of awareness, has been a central theme of the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1976, 1986, 1991, 1995; commentaries), as have their interaction (1979), their phases (1991), and their relevance (1991), notably as an existential challenge (1991).

The variety of approaches, and the challenge of typologies of human relationships (1978), have also been a focus. Such development is seen as an objective of many strategies -- whose obstruction was perceived as a source of many world problems (see From Apartheid to Schizophrenia: the logic of depersonalized separate development, 1971) and the movement of meaning in governance (1994). Its preoccupations were prefigured in an experiment (Universal Declaration of the Rights of Human Organization: an experimental extension of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1971), subsequently repeated (Convention on the Rights of the Child Within, 1997).

Constraints on that development have been explored (Limits to Human Potential, 1976), notably in relation to the challenge of internalizing discontinuity (1995), to personal globalization (2001) and to lifestyle change (1977) -- and to the creation of facilitative environments (1975*), especially for dialogue (1984). The challenge of the problematic relationship between leaders has also been considered (1998). A related concern has been technical approaches to augmenting human intellect (1994) and the quality of dialogue (2001) -- as well the role of metaphor in such enhancement (Enhancing the Quality of Knowing through Integration of East-West metaphors, 2000).

The human development theme is intimately related to that of human values as the focus of a complementary dataset in the Encylopedia, notably the function of values as "attractors" for such development (Human Values as Strange Attractors: Coevolution of classes of governance principles, 1993). Both themes converge in concerns relating to wisdom (Development beyond Science to Wisdom, 1979; The Isdom of the Wisdom Society: Embodying time as the heartland of humanity, 2003), authenticity (Evoking Authenticity: through polyhedral global configuration of local paradoxes, 2003) and future human development (Authentic Grokking: Emergence of Homo conjugens, 2003)

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