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 Flow2007-06-03 15:35
by Flemming Funch

How does one best capture what one can take away from a lecture? One can just somehow process it and internally organize it as one hears it, I suppose. Or one can count on being able to watch the video later. Or one can take notes. But how? I unfortunately missed Stowe Boyd's talk on Flow, a new consciousness for a web of traffic, in order to be in a conversation about owning one's learning path. But Lars Plougmann made his notes in the form of a nice mind map, which you can see below. And when Stowe puts up his slides, I guess I can piece the point together. Mind maps is a good way of keeping notes.

[...Later] Video of Stowe's presentation here.

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7 Aug 2007 @ 14:57 by Zen Benefiel @ : Flow
Stowe brings up some interesting points about how we have been inundated by media, movies and television, let alone the web. The ability to manage our experience and flow within it is an increasing functionality in the world. Information overload is taking advantage of ADD, ADHD or whatever a higher functioning person is being labeled these days. What works for this new breed of human, the new learner who has apparently genetically adapted to this new environment. Are we still looking for fulfillment or are we searching for a way to find harmony in the evolution of a specie?

Fulfillment is accomplished through the synergy of mental discovery, visual imagery and purposeful passion directed toward our plan for achievement. We want to create a daily life that empowers this process. We are phenomenally functional creatures when our ‘energy’ flows without restriction. Flow is the harbinger of fulfillment. Can we create flow by choice?

Bottlenecks, elements or processes restricting output of the production system in a factory, were Eli Goldratt’s nemesis in his book The Goal. Once identified through analysis, changes were implemented to maximize flow, or throughput, within the system. As it turns out, Goldratt’s analysis of bottlenecks can be applied to the ‘human system’. Consistent with energy systems, emotional bottlenecks impede the flow of fulfillment, happiness and manifestation of our desires. We seek to minimize these bottlenecks in our life.

We can analyze our emotional system to determine where our bottlenecks lay, but that is just the beginning. There is much more. Oftentimes we tend to focus on the bottlenecks, the incongruent energy, rather than focusing on creating a flow. This is a common undesirable use of attention. According to mystics, quantum physicists and spiritual teachers, what we focus on, grows. What do you want more of in your life? How do you balance personal and social responsibility?

Therefore, the objective would be to identify the bottlenecks so you can remove them in order to focus on creating flow. Once the constrictions are identified, you need to understand how to change them so your attention is on the objective, not the bottleneck. More than likely if you are reading these words you have experienced a moment of flow now and again. Remember how it felt? Recall the experience and focus on it for just a moment. Was it easy to recall?

How can we become conscious of bottlenecks? We can train ourselves to recognize when our body constricts, feels tight or our breathing changes dramatically as a result of a situation. We can then embrace them, forgive the cause, and then let go of our attachment to the outcome. That sounds so simple, doesn’t it? It really is when you know how to do it. Knowing how still requires the action of releasing to be effective. It is up to you to apply the knowledge daily, sometimes moment by moment, in order to get the best results.

Flow incorporates optimal experience, IS optimal experience according to Csikszentmihalyi. The interesting challenge is how to adjust to shared space, bridging the gap between freedom and loneliness; independence and social responsibility. Baby boomers are the largest market currently, but within that population there are still tough challenges in the transition of consciousness from profit to ponderance. Ponderance as to how to best utilize flow in creating a new world order of responsible behavior toward to the tribe. It is happening whether we realize it or not.


8 Aug 2007 @ 02:24 by ming : Flow
There's also the new trend towards leaving the channels open all the time. As opposed to trying hard to control and limit one's surroundings, so one only gets what one wants when one wants it. But now, with many of these new technologies for staying connected, we might be more likely to accept that they're on all the time. One can always reach us by cell phone, always send us an IM, and now even be aware of our activities through the day from Twitter or Facebook, if we're into that. Those would be things that would have worried all of us greatly just a bit earlier in our evolution, like 10 years ago. But now we're finding ways of reframing information overload (something we have to all deal with, and which there is too much of) into just a continous flow, and open channels in many directions, with alll of which we can interact when we feel like it, pick and choose what we need and want, without having to worry too much about there being too much. There aren't too many trees in the forest.  

20 Aug 2007 @ 15:03 by Zen @ : Flow
For sure, my brother, there is a definite trend in being open. It leads to more openness on other levels of consciousness as well, I believe. The proverbial 'tap on the shoulder' can come at any time. I wonder if the trees will begin to create community in ways we've only dreamed possible, being able to access both information and people as a stream or process develops. Granted it is still all based on the amount of data available on any given person or subject. I've noticed that your concept from NCN has expanded in several networks, like NING and ZAADS, with searchability and internal community building.  

20 Aug 2007 @ 22:27 by ming : Expanding
Ha, it's a satisfying way of looking at it, even if I don't normally try to take credit for it. Indeed, I don't think there were any other social networks around back in 1985, but now its all the rage. At any rate, it is nice we're evolving together.  

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