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Polarity: static-dynamic


Distinguishing Emergent Conceptual Polarities: experimental ordering of a collection of research papers (Part #7)


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Static -- Dynamic (alternation)

Static: Given the nature of conventional thinking and its application to conventional policy-making and social organization, much of the work focus has been on static categories and static organizations (as suggested by the "statutes" through which they are governed). Many of the reference works produced (such as Yearbook of International Organizations and the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential) correspond to the stereotype of "state of the world".

Aside from the focus on organization (above), this also involved concern with the legal status of international non-governmental organizations (see Legal status of international NGOs: overview and options, 1996; 1988) and collection of their statutes (1988). A related focus has been Misapplication of International Legal Norms in Socially Abnormal Situations (1994).
Dynamic: In a turbulent complex environment, one focus has been on the challenge of shifting from a static perspective (as in "nation states" and "state of the world") to a more dynamic perspective (see Toward an enantiomorphic policy, 1995; From Statics to Dynamics in Sustainable Community, 1998), whether in terms of system dynamics (1995), psychodynamics (World Dynamics and Psychodynamics, 1971), partnerships for change (1993), organizations (1993), or meetings (1975).

A particular approach has been the challenge for lifestyles (see Being Other Wise: dynamics of a meaningfully sustainable lifestyle, 1998) and navigation (see Navigating Alternative Conceptual Realities: clues to the dynamics of enacting new paradigms through movement, 2002). Also of concern has been the dynamics of the metaphors through which new forms of comprehension become viable (1993*), notably in conference dynamics (1988) and collective identity (1991, 1991, 1991) .

Alternation amongst complementary conditions has been seen as a means of ensuring the sustainability of alternatives ( Networking Alternation, 1983; Policy Alternation for Development, 1984; 1984; 1985; 1991; Alternation between complementary policy conditions, 1994; Warp and Weft: Governance through Alternation, 2002). Other approaches include various conceptual de-patterning devices (1974).

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