Healing Severed Connections

  • Know-How: Nature Relationships, Connections, and Frameworks
  • Smarter Decisions: Leadership and Network Thinking
  • Stronger Community: Love, Sacredness, and Valuing of Difference
  • Well-Being: Holistic, Anti-Capitalist, and Regenerative
Grand Unified Theory. Source: Schofield J. (2021) Bridging Philosophies of Consciousness and Cosmology. In: A Phenomenological Revision of E. E. Harris’s Dialectical Holism. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-65029-2_8
Cosmic Serpent (NSF No. DRL-0714631 and DRL-0714629) Source: http://indigenouseducation.org/cosmic-serpent/
  • Model Building: We have a need to build and maintain those cognitive maps, mental models, to function effectively in our worlds. How we support and challenge these models matters.
  • Being Effective: Being effective is not innate, it requires support to build competence in a way that is not demeaning. It requires developing necessary skills (knowing what to do and how to do it beyond just having information) and keeping a “clear head” and focus to function effectively.
  • Meaningful Action: We have a desire to make a difference, to be heard and supported in making a difference, and to have opportunities to engage and do better.
  • Mission, Not Organization
  • Trust, Not Control
  • Humility, Not Brand
  • Node, Not Hub (or Constellations not Stars)
Wei-Skillern, Jane & Silver, Nora. (2013). Four Network Principles for Collaboration Success. The Foundation Review. 5. 121–129. 10.4087/FOUNDATIONREVIEW-D-12–00018.1.
The People Who Make Organizations Go — or Stop
by Rob Cross and Laurence Prusak.
  • Living Systems Thinking
  • Collaborative Abundance
  • Gratitude and Awe
  • Creativity, Curiosity, and Conviviality
  1. This comes with the added policy support of the 1990 National Environmental Education Act.
  2. This snippet also captures the general idea: “Nature is something we live within and as a part of it. No essential separation: no transcendental dualism, no Enlightenment search for objectivity, no Puritan fear of dangerous, chaotic nature, not distant observation in Romanticism.” –Professor David Barnhill on Native Americans and Nature Views and Values
  3. Colonization and Decolonization are terms that deserve their own exploration, as there is good debate and range on how to approach them, from direct restoration of Native sovereignty, to deconstruction of colonial thought structures
  4. I anticipate this both in programming such as The Ecology of Leadership and in scholarly work such as this piece in the Journal of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Practice
  5. This would be online communities but also identity communities, for example “the Latinx community.
  6. A strong argument also made by Robert Putman in Bowling Alone
  7. I wanted to insert a connection and note to “Seventh Generation” Philosophy but it is actually not clear how accurate that is in terms of being rooted in the Iroquois Great Law of Peace, to which it is often attributed. The closest reference would be to “Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people, and have always in view not only the present, but also the coming generations, even those whose faces are yet beneath the surface of the ground — the unborn of the future Nation.
  8. Though the most pressing disruption of a natural cycle at the moment is the carbon cycle: Climate Change
  9. This stresses not just the being in Nature as often as possible, which is essential, but also being with it in an expanded non-binary framework. Be with nature as nature
  10. This to acknowledge that it isn’t just about mimicking natural models, but being attentive to the “human” element as well, and one of interconnected cyclical relationships. And also that “learning” in a narrow sense will not drive all our natural experiences. And looking at balance not as stillness but as tension, an Emergence from Convergence and Divergence

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Chicano/Mexicano teacher by training, artist by practice, conservationist by pursuit. Art, Education & Environment- UC Davis, SNRE Michigan http://t.co/jIDIExxH

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José G. González

José G. González

Chicano/Mexicano teacher by training, artist by practice, conservationist by pursuit. Art, Education & Environment- UC Davis, SNRE Michigan http://t.co/jIDIExxH