Wellspring Journal

Here is where I am exploring different ideas that have yet to find their place within a tapestry of patterns. They are concepts that I am beginning to explore. Incomplete and emerging.

Pattern 253 Pattern 253, "Things from your Life", is the very last pattern of Chris Alexander's Pattern Language for architecture.

Walled Garden A walled garden] is designed to protect against wind and frost. A place that is protected. Safe.

Abstracting Toward Prime As we think about complexity, such as when we dive into a deeper understanding of Tangled Layered Networks we can become overwhelmed by our inability to fully, completely understand. We just can't hold that much detail in our head, leaving us stuck in the mud of stasis.

Epochs of Wisdom We sense that this is important work that we are doing. One that is challenging us to think anew. Perhaps work that might have implications beyond us.

Into the Forest Here, in the Pacific Northwest, we are tree people. Either by birth or by choice.

Model in People's Heads We ponder David Wood's words: "Everything below the line of representation is a model in people's heads."

Emergent Law of Three We talk about the Law of Three, that which holds a Prime Pattern and forms Triviums.

Unbounded Emergence It has been said that matter simply exists as a thin experiential crust on unbounded emergence, that which is filled with zero point energy.

Mind Meld In our first adventure, _The Dayton Experiment_, we dove deep into the Agile experience of joy, seeking to understand its essence and role in both the story of Agile and its potential to transform the learning experience in our schools. Discovering, in this journey, the importance of Joyful Sandboxes.

Monadic Mind When Ward explained to me his experience of pair programming with Kent, something clicked inside of me. A recognition of an experience deep inside of me. A truth I knew.

Questions that Intrigue As we ponder Tempo Interruptions, questions begin to surface:

Third Space The concept of "third space" was introduced by Harvard professor, Homi Bhabha in his attempts to grapple with the cultural tension created by colonialism.

Spatial Trialectics Joint Cognitive Whiteboard explores the challenge of creating when a mental map is missing.

Intrinsic Good We sense the importance of that which we call "good".

Shared Wonderment We wonder about wonderment. The space of the imagination. A place we can share with others.

Patterns of Meaning We continue to ponder how meaning manifests. We suspect that meaning manifests from the observation of emergent patterns of behavior.

Trialectical Synthesis Trialectical sythesis is the simultaneous melding of multiple pieces of information, each in a spatial relationship with the others, to gain a new understanding.

Blanket of Thought We begin to explore Free Energy Principle. We sense great importance here.

Dancing Emergence We believe that patterns are perceived when they are emergent. Patterns of behavior. Patterns of meaning.

Wonderment We continue to wander in wonderment through Fristen's ecotone. A place he has defined, where the interior and the exterior intertwine, driving creation, the negentropic nature of organic matter.

A New Synthesis We begin to explore the potential of a new Trialectical Synthesis. One that may emerge from the space created between three important theoretical paradigms:

Cultivating Connectome In a recent study from Harvard, neuroscientists identified the correlation between highly creative work and the utilization of all three primary networks in the brain: the default network, the executive network and the salience network. The Whole Mind.

Three States We explore our three states of learning. Of creating. With intention.

Understanding Complexity We utilize what is called 'active inference' to engage with an external state through action. This external state is similar to what Woods refers to as states 'below the line of reference' when looking at complex systems in the theory of Graceful Extensibility.

The Paradox of Stress I think about stress as I run up Mt. Tabor. I push my body. It sometimes hurts. Often, I start to feel winded. It is not a comfortable place.

Overlapping Blankets With Markov Blankets we begin to find convergence between the ideas of Piaget, Koestler and others. Indeed, in these overlaps, Third Spaces are created, places where adaptive creativity flows.

Radical Premise of Worth We rank worth. Worth of each other. Not intentionally, but implicit of how we think of each other. This ranking underpins social order.

Hyperthought What is that sense of the 'mind meld' that happens with pair programming? How might that experience relate to the sense of a singularity from which infinite multitudes coexist, that which Borges explored in The Aleph?

Emergent Patterns There is growing evidence that everything in our cosmos is connected by aligning forces. Patterns that are not yet understood.

Coleridge's Dream In an opium infused sleep, Coleridge dreamed. He dreamed of a place far away, both in space and time. A place of splendor. Paradise.

Agile's Delight I recently came upon this posting by Jeff Sutherland in which he described the origins of the Agile Manifesto

Emergent Consciousness If we are to understand Friston's Free Energy Principle, all living organism makes meaning, down to the cellular level. It is by making meaning – sensing surprise, interpreting, and then acting, a Learning Cycles – that they adapt and survive.

Feeling Patterns As we explore using AR imaging to render data 3 dimensionally, we think about the viewers of this data. How might a team look at this data together to reveal areas of potential exploration?

Fence after Fence Alan Kay's Turing Award Lecture ends with a demo is a fascinating exploration of object oriented programming, a fulfillment of his expression that "everything is an object."

Creative Potential The Agile Mindset unleashed new creative potential, one the was realized through rapid Learning Cycles.

Metanoietic Consciousness We have been searching for a name – a name that we could use to claim meaning around an understanding. An understanding of a new way of thinking – a new consciousness, that which we now call _metanoietic consciousness_.

Crafting Wholeness Possibilities begin with the commitment to craft that which is beautiful, that which is whole. Day after day, crafting wholeness. Wholeness that is good. Wholeness that might delight – one that opens the door to a greater emergent wholeness that might manifest and transform.

Opening the Door As we imagine opening the door to a new way of thinking, a new consciousness, we can't expect known words to help us. For our known words are understood with our existing way of thinking.

The Handoff I sense the time of the handoff is quickly approaching.

Another Emergence It is now time to explore emergence once again. The book is done – one that emerged over the last two years. The experiment in Dayton is done, one that emerged over five years.

Fractal Patterns At the forefront of physics is the exploration of emergence. Emergence from that which we know as the nothingness of dark energy, dark matter – that which constitutes more than 95% of the universe.

Adaptive Urgency We adapt because we must in order to survive. Without that urgency, we become complacent, flaccid. This urgency lies at the center of all vital organisms, that matter which evolves. It is from this urgency, that new consciousness emerges.

MVP Redefined We challenged ourselves to create what could be called a "minimum viable pattern" – an MVP – that held the essential elements, but not the full experience. By creating this language we could launch others quickly.

Fractal Attractors We are beginning to explore the nature of fractal attractors, a type of attractor referred to as a strange attractors. We sense something important here.

Biotic Energy Benjamin Moore coined the term to describe the vital energy found within an ecosystem. These systems are dynamic and, what we now know, are chaotic, in nature, refuting the deterministic linearity of Newtonian models.

Looking over the Horizon It is with curiosity that we are inspired to look beyond that which we know. To look over the horizon.

Deeper into Biotope We sense that it is important to explore the underlying nature of the wiki as part of this discovery process. Recognizing the inherent organic nature of this experience, we seek guidance from paradigms used to describe complex ecological systems.

Understanding Whitehead By nature, the Cartesian Mindset is reductionist and deterministic. It is also linear. We are beginning to understand the nature of a non-linear mindset, one that creates a new consciousness.

Whitehead Collection As we seek to understand Whitehead, we begin to collect artifacts – what he might call "stubborn facts" – that might illuminate his philosophy.

Guiding Wisdom We think about the nature of patterns. From Alexander we have embraced the paradigm of pattern languages – recognizing that this paradigm is likely rooted back in the pattern books of Downing, a link through Scully.

Light on the Hills I left New Haven, that citadel committed to knowledge. I left New Haven and Yale in my junior year yearning to know something more. I ended up in a valley, a world unto itself, down a road miles from Ardara, the nearest town in Donegal, Ireland.

Meaning Emerging I would like to suggest that there is another dimension of wiki that is often overlooked: it provides an opportunity to create meaning in a new way.

More than a Delusion Here is a recent response about the nature of the wiki, a discussion sparked by an essay by Andy Matuschak and Michael Nielsen: How can we develop transformative tools for thought?

Divine Cadence We speak of the divine: that which cannot be known. We use the word knowing the discomfort, a similar discomfort when we use the word 'sprit' or 'sacred' as in sacred intention.

Everything is a Field As we explore Whitehead, we do so with an understanding of particle physics that has extended beyond his time.

Following Curiosity We understand that real learning, deep learning, begins with curiosity. We, as _homo sapiens_, are by nature curious creatures.

Whitehead's Prime We are always looking for prime patterns. Sensing these patterns allows us to understand complexity in a way that we can share the richness of this meaning with others. And so it is with Whitehead.

Inflection Point The inflection point is that point where a curve changes from being concave to convex.

At the Sharp End We are moving ahead with our first experiment of the Awesome Nerds. This experiment is launching with a high degree of messiness. We are looking to understand how teachers might use key aspects of the Dayton Practice.

Whitehead Connected Recently John Bywater opened the door to Whitehead. That feels like the missing key that has unlocked much of which I have sought to understand as I have tried to share the essence of agile with others, particularly those seeking to reimagine education.

Insight of Use Andy Matuschak has been exploring new tools for writing to support new models of thought.

Text as Symbols Recently Ward shared in Riot a page of references to me that he wanted to share with Frode Hegland. That began an exploration.

Importance of Wholeness I reflect on Andy's notes and Frode's tools. They are all fascinating and hold important insight.

Resolving into Wholeness We continue to explore the different aspects of wholeness.

Mandala Moment In the recent demo for the Down Under DIG, where we experimented with the DIG framework with a group of Australian educators, Penny shared her creation: a mandala.

Only a Learner I profess no expertise. I profess no superior capacity to understand. I am simply willing to experience and, from that experience, to learn.

Reflecting on 1995 We reflect on 1995 – 25 years in the past. Recently, there have been gatherings organized to celebrate the emergence of the wiki that year. But there are no celebrations slated to celebrate the other important emergence of that year, Episodes.

Emergent Self In the recent demo day for the Woodcrest DIG, Penny revealed that this learning experience allowed her to understand a part of her that she was interested in exploring further – an artistic side.

Integrative Learning We begin to ponder the potential of a new learning pedagogy emerging from this experience of the DIG, one that might blend together the direct instruction with active learning pedagogies such as inquiry-based and project-based learning.

False Dichotomy We have noticed that there is a long-standing debate in education that underpins many discussions. This debate seeks to define the pedagogical model that is best suited for teaching our students.

Story Arc We are beginning to see the story arc that leads us from Whitehead to Friston that informs a deeper understanding of the agile mindset.

Friston's Language Much like we had to grapple with Whitehead's language, we must grapple with Friston's.

A New Path of Discovery There are moments on a journey when a door is opened and a new garden of potential discovery is revealed. A place to wander, a place to be surprised, a place to eventually find new meaning – a rich meaning waiting to emerge.

Creative Metasynthesis We seek true nature. With this lens we ponder type theory wondering if this theory unlocks a powerful understanding that underpins a new way of thinking, a new consciousness.

Theoretical Speculation In Leopold Kroneck's challenge of Cantor’s set theory, he laid the foundation for ‘intuitionism’ that led to Russell’s radical type theory.

Moments of Genius We are curious about the moments of insight that flow through us as we sit uncomfortable in spaces of unknowing.

Sense of Wholeness Satisfaction is desired – a wholeness achieved that allows us to sit back and find the calm of completeness, an order, a balance.

Intelligence Amplification The early computer visionaries saw that real promise of computers not in Artificial Intelligence (AI), but in Intelligence Amplification (IA).

Three Minds As we introduce the experience of the agile mindset to educators, we are beginning to speak with more clarity about the thee minds: the feeling mind, the thinking mind, and the sensing mind.

That Which Emerges Christopher Alexander defines 15 properties that he felt are the essential elements for the emergence of organic order – those that underpin all emergence.

Dilution and Distillation We ponder agile from the past and agile to the future. We sense that as agile practices became more widely adopted and profited from, something important has been diluted and, while not lost, often obscured.

Emergent Moment In a moment, a thought appears. It emerges from a place unknown, in a space where we have grappled to find meaning in a monadic vortex.

Penny's Trivium The other day we explored Penny's role leading the cultural transformation in her school. As I listened to her, a found common themes emerging and wondered if they might form a trivium that might help guide this journey.

White Space We continue to ponder the importance of 'white space', that space of potential.

Creativity Imagined We have been intrigued by Whitehead's coining of the word 'creativity'.

The Space of Emergence There are two important concepts of Taoism that help shed light on Whitehead: taiji and wuji.

Individual and Collective Emergence We are noticing that there are two spaces of emergence in the creative cycle.

A Year to Remember 1927 was an important year.

Walking into Emergence We sense that this journey is not just a walk into the unknown, but a knowing walk into emergence.

Entering a P-zone We are grappling with finding new language around this experience of awakened wonder that happens during a DIG.

Escape Velocity We might think of schools as starships that have been in the orbit of a star that has died and is now a black hole that threatens to suck them in.

Emergent Order The premise of emergent order – that which is found in nature – inspired Christopher Alexander's work in the latter part of his career.

From Nouns to Verbs As we move forward in our discovery process of emergent order, we recognize the importance of seeking patterns in movement.

Unlocking the Quantum Mind We enter into the learning journeys we call DIGs with a guiding intention to awaken wonder.

Hidden Potential We begin to ponder that which we are calling _hidden potential_.

Toward a New Ontology We acknowledge that what we are exploring is more than a 'mindset'. Indeed, it is more than a 'consciousness'. It is, in fact, a new understanding of being, the very nature of reality.

Systems of Creative Co-creation As we see the learning framework of DIGs – which we beginning to recognize as a more universal process framework – supercharge the intention of inquiry-based learning, we are begin to sense the possibility of new complex systems emerging, that which we now are calling _systems of creative co-creation_.

Cultivating the Garden Vital and adapting complex systems are organic in nature. But the dynamics in these systems are intricate and relationships are often not directly visible.

Communities of Learning We begin to explore the concept of _communities of learning_ as we seek to better understand DIGs.

Hidden Wonders David mentioned that learning to lead DIGs keeps opening new doors of discovery for him, doors that lead to deeper insight.

Sensing the Eddies As we listen to the stories, we sense the flow of a river – a river of their story.

Metaphors of Meaning We are beginning to appreciate the power of metaphors as we guide others in these experiences of awakening.

Understanding Bohm We sense that there is great import in understanding David Bohm, that theoretical physicist who reimagined quantum physics and the very nature of reality.

Inflecting the Narrative There are two interesting moments in the journey of a wave: the moment that it is forced to return back to its guiding baseline and the moment that it crosses that baseline.

Building Adaptive Capacity We are beginning to recognize how the DIG framework is helping teams build Adaptive Capacity.

Culture of Wonder As we reimagine education we recognize the this education must flow from a new culture of learning.

Formless and the Formed David Bohm sought to understand an underlying reality that held, as one, 'energy', 'matter', and 'meaning'.

Emergent Thinking We have been exploring the third leg of a new Prime Pattern, one that is seeking to hold a deeper meaning into the nature of the _movement_ of thought.

Sensing the Ridgepole Emergence happens as harmonics resonate into a moment – a process enabled by a intention. We recognize this intention as a 'ridgepole' that guides creative manifestation.

Walking into Wonder How might we continue to walk into wonder together in a way that allows surprising emergence?

Extended Mind As we continue to walk into the wiki experiment, we began to explore a thesis put forth by Andy Clark and David Chalmers in _The Extended Mind_.

Deep Learning It is not knowledge alone that we seek, for knowledge without experience that grounds that knowledge, does not make us wise. Only when the learning is deep, touching something deep inside of us – that mysterious place of memory and feeling – does the wisdom manifest.

Aristotle's Trivium Aristotle believed that humanity was comprised of three experiences: theoria, praxis, and poiesis.

The Deep Blue To understand ourselves, we must go deep, into the deep blue, to seek meaning that gives us meaning – a process that makes us wise – a journey that empowers our creative imagination.

Preparing the Soil There is a time when we must prepare the soil.

The Greenhouse We begin to recognize that we must nurture, tenderly, new sprouts. Sprouts of curiosity. Sprouts of courage.

Toward a New Narrative We seek a new narrative for education.

Interwoven Stories We begin to wonder how the stories of learning journey might be made more visible as a collective artifact.

Inquiry Trivium We sense the emergence of a new trivium, one that we are calling the _inquiry trivium_.

Life Learning We now know that we learn through a process of cognition that is beyond just the realm of our brain.

Informing Form Bohm talks of 'active information' that guides the emergence from quantum potential to quantum states – a state of matter, a 'moment' of realization into a form we perceive as real – an Ontic Form.

Cultivating Mindspace We are beginning to explore another naming of a critical element of the creative process, one that David Bohm called Free Space.

Leaning into Meaning We ponder the window that Curiosity offers.

Emergent Potential We are beginning to explore _emergent potential_ as we seek to assess the blossoming of a student's learning potential.

Toys and Tools We play with toys and we make with tools – this distinction is important.

Collective Poiesis We have recognized that to understand the potential of the wiki, one must feel both individual creativity emerging but also to experience collective creativity – something we call _collective poiesis_.

Natural Order We now recognize that natural order, order that is autopoietic, emerges when essence flows into wholeness, goodness and delight on a path toward a greater purpose.

Ways of Knowing Today is Columbus Day here in the US. In some states and local communities, it is also know as Indigenous Peoples' Day to highlight the counter narrative to America's 'discovery' by Europeans.

Cognitive Horizon We sense importance in the concept of _cognitive horizon_, one that helps us understand the domain in which active inference explores with epistemic Foraging. One that helps us define more clearly learning potential.

Our Whole Being When we learn, we learn with our whole being. Not just the processing in our brain, but the processing in our whole body and beyond.

We have experienced the potential of Learning Cycles. And we know that the faster the cycles, the faster the learning – the manifestation of meaning.

As we continue to explore education reimagined, we recognize the importance of purpose – the 'why'. We have long understood that there was a reason, the external 'why', that of preparing students for a dynamic new creative economy.

We now recognize that develop to our full potential as learners we must first nurture learning capacity.

Descartes claimed that our soul was held within a small gland in our brain, the pineal gland. It was through this gland that we were directly connected to the divine.

There was the rock. It stood their, firmly in the ground, between the house and the river.

Bohm talks about the three elements of reality: energy, matter, and meaning.

We know when we find it. We pause and feel it – a truth that touches our soul – our core.

Bohm called them moments, moments in which there is emergence from the implicate order to the explicate order. Moments of emergence, quanta moments. Whitehead referred to them as 'actual occasions'.

We begin to ponder the essence that flows through vital systems. Systems that are complex, systems that are adaptive. What we call adaptive complex systems.

We are now appreciating another dimension of the inherent tension between the education bureaucracies and schools. This tension feels universal.

We talk a lot about the need to build culture. And we recognize that to transform an organization, any organization, we must first reimagine and build a new culture.

We sense the prime pattern of Lisp in its lambda essence: variable, abstraction and values (applications) one that is bounded and held within whitespace.

We are beginning to ponder how it is that the computer helps us think in new ways.

We pause to consider Wiki Nature, a concept mentioned in passing, but one that speaks to a deeper truth of the creative process.

We are beginning to explore practices that hold the potential of releasing new creative potential.

We begin to ponder how the concept of stigmergy might illuminate the emergent characteristic of complex systems.

Alan Kay talked about how, by focusing on 'objects' most software developers missed the more important meaning of 'messaging'. It was the messaging, not the objects, that brought software programs to life in The Space Between.

We sense important inherent meaning in Natural Order, one that might allow greater understanding to unfold.

We seek to understand something we sense. An experience that has been repeated multiple times, when we vulnerably expose our personal narrative to others we trust. And then when we get to glimpse ourselves in the eyes of others.

We sense that writing in the wiki is a Poetry of Patterns where meaning emerges from the White Space between words that are each rich with meaning.

We set the monkey loose to explore my wiki and watched, incredulous, as meaning unfolded.

Rule number one of complex systems: systems are built by consciousness. In Diana Wright's book, Thinking in Systems, she starts with this quote from Robert Pirsig:

We are pondering the aether of Natural Order. We sense that natural order, from which autopoietic systems emerge, exists within an aether – a quintessence that allows beauty to manifest by Wrapping with Love.

We strive for utopia that is an Audacious Aspiration that is a gaze that allows it to become our guiding North Star

Within our western ways of knowing we see consciousness as being defined and bounded by the senses where all consciousness is inherently separated. We wonder what might happen if we begin to liberate ourselves from this construct of the dualistic Cartesian mindset.

My son and his partner recently bought a home surrounded by a beautiful garden. Many elements of this home are wonderful, but as you spend time in it, you begin to recognize a deep confusion. Almost 100 years old, the house has been rebuilt and updated multiple times, each time introducing a new style. The house struggles to know itself.

Learning that has personal purpose and meaning is autopoietic – that is, a self-creating process.

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