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Reframing Strategic Dilemmas through 12 Modes


Reframing Strategic Dilemmas through 12 Modes
Insight capture and integration technology
Symbolism, metaphor, myth and story-telling
Pattern language, as variously evident through the different senses
Transformative dialogue, meetings and strategies
Creative agreements and business models
Design of complex structures
Appropriate technology
Simulation, role playing and gaming
Self-reflexive organizations and initiatives
Paradoxical and negative strategies
Dynamics and emergent order
Rhythm, poetry, music, song and dance

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Annex to Reframing the Game of Strategic Dilemmas a 12-fold interplay of possibilities of otherwise (2009)


The purpose of this document is to point to resources enabling challenging strategic dilemmas to be reframed. The exercise here in clustering options builds on Governing Civilization through Civilizing Governance: global challenge for a turbulent future (2008) and on Enabling Strategies for Viable Futures (2009).

The emphasis explored in the main paper (Reframing the Game of Strategic Dilemmas a 12-fold interplay of possibilities of otherwise, 2009) is on the possibility of a dynamic reframing rather than a static, structural reframing of dilemmas -- notably in the light of insights from the dynamics of complex systems appropriate to the expected turbulence of the future (Human Values as Strange Attractors: coevolution of classes of governance principles, 1993).

The following sections expand the indications provided by their labels in the diagram in the main paper (which links to them). The content below is intended to be indicative only. Papers on this site are cited to give a sense of the variety of themes under which the domain may be explored. The question of how to work with such an array of possibilities is discussed above.

The argument here might be most succinctly stated (as articulated below) in terms of the need for a system of insight capture, encompasing current creativity, emergent insight in the future, and that embedded in the "wisdom literature" of the past. The case made is for a global WikiStrategies, WikiSolutions -- or perhaps a WikiInsight. On the basis of such a system of insight capture many experimental applications could be developed to cluster included options into arrays evoking different styles of engagement consistent with different modes of knowing.

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