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Describing things can change them

Primer: Systems Don’t Work

At topical moments in time, I have been comparing my views on things to those around me. This serves to hold up a mirror to the way I think about things, compared to the way others think about things. In most cases I used to think the way other people do, but now, somehow, I […]

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Utopia Acid Test

If you (or someone) are working on a theory for building a new way to run the world, good on you! It’s hard! But before you go to the internet with your new world order, here’s a short list of things that I believe are critical and must be considered.  If you don’t have a […]

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Britain’s unequal cities and the magnetic force of London’s social norms

City Size and Stability An acquaintance once told me that Germany experiences political stability in part due to the fact that all of its cities are roughly of equal size. I have no way to validate this claim, but Germany’s cities do seem to be noticeably uniform in their population and population density after the […]

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End Of Nations: Stage 5 Geography?

Can we go beyond nations into political fluidity?

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Money, part 2

My emotional return to a world using money

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Emotionally Dealing With Cheaters

It’s time for some emotional maturity when it comes to cheaters in systems.

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Existing signs of fluidity

Required Reading Robert Kegan’s personal development framework, summarised here by David Chapman. You might also like to read my earlier thoughts about what Stage 5 or “fluid mode” is, or means, for individuals. This post will be taking huge liberties with material that is intended to describe personal, cognitive and social development of an individual by […]

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Emotional challenges of Stage 5

Required reading This post uses a key framework of personal evolution by Robert Kegan.  It is summarised by David Chapman here. This post is in dialogue with, and an expansion on, Chapman’s recent post about moving through stages 3, 4 and 5 in modern society (and the lack of support for it) here. This post will […]

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Reaching Stage 5 – non STEM

Required reading This post uses a key framework: Chapman’s version of Robert Kegan’s theories of emotional, cognitive and social development, it is summarised here. This post is in dialogue with, and an expansion on, Chapman’s recent post about moving through stages 3, 4 and 5 in modern society (and the lack of support for it) here. […]

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Money

From the title, this post seems to me to have too broad a remit but I wanted to document the changes in my relationship to money. This blog was started at the outset of a journey in which I refused to engage with money. Money was being used as a weapon of power, particularly in […]

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