A virtual syntegration using internet sounds to me like a great idea.
However in keeping with the distinction between exploitation and
exploration, the question is: Do we know how to do it? If not then
solving that problem becomes our priority.
On Mar 12, 2007, at 3:36 AM, Luc Hoebeke wrote:
> Dear All,
> Through the discussions we had with Dave Beatty about
> intergenerational transfers, with Jan en Fred about Orthodoxy, with
> the organizing committee about embedding the next Metaphorum
> meeting in a syntegration, and through the inspiring guidance of
> Katherine through Sankt Gallen, I propose herewith to name Vadian
> of Sankt Gallen as patron Saint of the Metaphorum group.
> For those who didn't hear about Vadian, first a short summary:
> Vadian was the leader of the Reformation in Sankt Gallen and was
> thus also involved in the iconoclastic activities against the
> catholic images in the city. But, at the same time, he protected
> personally the richesses of the library of the benedictine
> monastery of Sankt Gallen, storing the precious books in his own home.
> Regarding the Stafford Beer legacy, I think that the Metaphorum
> group needs also to take up the paradoxical role that Vadian played
> in the Sankt Gallen reformation. At one hand continue the
> iconoclastic work of all images which are created to furnish a
> Stafford Beer mausoleum, at the other hand to keep rigorously the
> writings of Stafford and to stimulate as many as possible to
> continuously re-interpret or re-actualize those writings by using
> them as generative texts. Metaphorum as the reformator or better re-
> creator of the Staffordian tradition, so that it stays alive.
> As a worthwhile illustration of what I mean I can refer to the rich
> discussion of the second-order cybernetics we had as workshop.
> Looking at the future. Why not start to experiment with the
> syntegration protocol, why not take the risk to tinker with it's
> constraints preparing the next Metaphorum conference. Instead of
> trying to squeeze a syntegration into a too short time frame, why
> not experiment with the Listserv, with the Metaphorum website and
> the other means that we have to try to design a virtual-real
> syntegration and to experiment with the boundary between virtuality
> and reality?
> If some of you are interested to explore this and to design the
> next conference in accordance, I would like to jcontribute.
> Kind regards to everyone,
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