The creative aptitude for symphony is that it seems to open up new worlds for us.  For the person who writes that wants to expand their work into other media they can look at the way that the information is out there and see how the world works in concert and model their own work after it.  Not only in gaining the knowledge but finding examples that are already out there in the media.  It also should be able to create a new consciousness in work that prevents the creative person from being close minded.  If we are all connected and in just a few steps our work can end up on the other side of the world the certainly we should be mindful of that and choose to understand our neighbors better.

When it comes to learning and teaching it opens up absolutely new worlds.  Especially when you consider the talks from the first video.  Knowledge is centered in hubs that connect and shrink the world so that anything we need is out there.  Teaching and learning no longer needs to rely on simply having a textbook because the use of the internet and networks gives us access to all the information that we need.  Learning now is less limited by cost and open to a ready and willing audience.

The answer to being more transdisciplinary is simple.  It is the opening of ones eyes or mind to see the world for the diverse place that it is.  Something as simple as a joke about Kevin Bacon opened scientists eyes to the interconnected nature of the world and how it is works.  We have the advantage over them because we have had the pathways mapped and defined for us we just need to follow what we have learned.

9 thoughts on “Symphonic

  1. John,

    Your emphasis on understanding our cultural and social differences is admirable. Often, people focus on the social aspect and how we know who we know in reference to those six degrees. I focused in on your remark about teaching and learning because it reminds me that in connecting dots, there are things of great importance to consider. Educators, in particular, can use the “dots” as starting points for learning by not stopping with how, but proceeding to the why and what.

    • To me the social implications seem obvious and already apparent. I’ve thought about the interconnected nature the world has since I was a kid and I heard the song, It’s A Small World. The bigger level is the hubs of knowledge that can be great resources.

  2. John,
    Very interesting point of how “If we are all connected and in just a few steps our work can end up on the other side of the world” ~ The world is certainly getting smaller because the distance between people are not merely measured by the physical distance anymore. In addition to the spider-web-like “friends” network in Facebook, there is Twitter where people can “follow” other people regardless whether they actually know each other!

    Your comment on “we should be mindful of that and choose to understand our neighbors better” made me wonder a bit….. what inspired you to use the word “choose”?
    Is it because of the internet that we now get to understand our neighbors better?
    Is it because we have been wanting to know our neighbors that’s why the internet connectivity is ubiquitous now.

    It seems to be a chicken-and-egg scenario, isn’t it?

    • I think that the answer comes from the type of person you are. For me I love connecting and meeting new people but I was using resources in elementary school to have international penpals before the internet was big. The children growing up today won’t even think about how they connect internationally they will have grown up with it so it seems commonplace. The people that have to choose are the people that it does not readily interest to know people all around the world but because of business or other circumstances will have to make that choice. Choose to connect and be mindful of a increasingly global world or be left behind.

  3. John, I really loved your graphic that you used to represent your post on this idea of symphony. The image of interconnected-ness works so well. I am quite impressed with the metaphor that you express just by using a simple image!

  4. I think Joanne raises an interesting question, John. Do you think that the fact that we can choose to connect globally makes us more likely to choose to do so? Does the global choice make us any less provincial and close-minded or is that a choice influenced in other ways, perhaps even by literature? Will be curious to see what you think . . .

    • To sort of mirror what I was saying in response to Joanne I think people with an international mindset and curiosity are more likely to take advantage of available resources. I think it can make us less closeminded and provincial. I had friends with racist parents when I was growing up that me and had their mind changed at least somewhat about how they felt about all black people. We have a generation growing up that through the internet they can be connected to people all around the world. Perhaps those kids can bring new attitudes home and teach their parents too. I do think it is influenced by other choices and inclinations. Someone like me who has read a lot international authors and hopefully has a broader way of thinking would be more inclined to seek out a global connectivity. Through my personal blog I have friends all over the country and in other places like Australia and England that I hope to meet one day.

      • Thanks, John. I didn’t know that you’re a blogger. That has to be a valuable way to practice, experiment, and eventually promote your writing. Great to hear that you’ve a global audience!

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