Global Synapses specialises in finding the key pattern of connections to open up the whole of a solution. Global Synapses identifies, forms, visualises and maintains healthy networks. This can be with organisations, living networks or experiential processes through facilitation, software and analysis.
If you go into the compartments of a system, it is very difficult to apply an understanding of wholeness. However if you look at the system itself carefully, then you find that the wholeness and the compartmentalisation are always there together. Global Synapses is the bridge that helps one to cross to the wholeness through the compartments within which one lives and works.
Synapse : an element in the combination of a pattern of connection that unlocks the secret of the whole. The synapse works sensitively with its question to find the essence of how it can contribute.
This self-referential definition of individual synapses working together creatively allows the combination of connections to fit itself into the shape that the whole may then be felt and entered. For instance in a health forum, the dynamic of power of the carer and disempowerment of the youth is discovered as the key that unlocks the potential of all present, both specialists and creatives.
Edge: is a creative set of relationships that commit to holding a space inward into the unknown of what may thereby emerge. An edge gives rise to new forms of identity. An edge connects 4-6 people to come together creatively in an open way. Edges create interior forms. An edge is a creative place of an action. Global Synapses helps form connection between groups of dynamic people with an edge of sharpness between their different skills.
Node :a synapse standing between different edges, inviting into one type of activity reference and relation to another form of gathering together.
Cell : a space of identity and activity bounded by edges. In following the forming of Global Synapses as a connected happening across many individual synapses we allow the structure to emerge as expression of essence through emptiness.
Process: Synapses spontaneously offer themselves into a space of openness. In what seemed like random or opportune connections, gradually the key forms of related people and practices. The key is powerful, not only unlocking one field, but holding a new whole new view of how health, food and education link up as a practise of life.
Case Study Water
One of the parts of the climate of the earth, at its base, is the holding of water in the environment. A pond holding water has its place in the catchment, from which one can understand the whole climate system of the earth.
From the rivers, the evaporation of water through trees leads to the forming of clouds, rainfall, and re-absorbtion of the water in the land from which rivers form. But these elements have all become compartmentalised, into forestry, water utilities, rivers, seas, marine amd coastal systems, land management etc. We have stopped seeing the climate and its healthy balance for us as a whole. Seeing the whole means returning the compartmentalised system of separated disciplines into the water cycle as the generative process linking many aspects. If the water cycle stops working due to concretisation and deforestation, then the climate as a whole is massively disturbed.
Bringing that perspective has allowed natural catchment measures to become a mainstream conversation, in which even policy makers from the mainstream are involved.(see www.theflowpartnership.org)
read more about the Edge Water here
Case Study Food and Farming
Using the Permaculture Framework process, Marina O’Connell director of Apricot Centre, Harriet Bell Resilience Manager for Food and Farming on the Dartington Hall Estate and Claire Watson and myself from Global Synapses invited all the tenants on the Estate to meet at Apricot Centre Farm on May 26th 2018. We asked the tenants to use post-it notes to add on to sheets we had hung around the barn what it was they wanted, needed and desired from working collaboratively on the estate. After some nervousness as to what was required, we then had the twenty five people present populating the sheets with some of the things they wanted to see happen with their farms over the next five years. A sense of community and shared endeavour arose.
After this exercise and another follow up for farmers who could not attend the first, Maria, Harriet, Claire and me met at Foxhole to cluster the post-it notes into themes. Marina then did a first analysis where various activities of courses, apprenticeships, crop cultivation, supplies to Estate restaurants and composting waste would form a cycle of activity across the whole estate. Instead of trying to fit a plan around separate activities, the plan arises spontaneously with the buy-in of participating farms from the start. Also the plan develops in a way so that the run-off from one activity connects with the need of another activity. So Schumacher College, the farms, the apprenticeship programme already run by Jane Gleeson, the supply, the restaurants could all feed in to the same cycle of activity.
We are currently writing up the results so we can present them to Dartington Hall as a way to develop the Land use Review 2 into a document translatable into immediate practical steps.”
read more about the Edge Food and Farming here
Case Study Health
In a group process health forum organised with mark O’Connell, Johanna Morrell, Roby Jacobs, Chuckes Maxwell 35 health professionals and young people came together to explore the dynamic of health on May 25th at Foxhole. Read more about the event in an article of Philip Franses and Jordan Reynolds in Lifewide Magazine here. Also Sarah of the Arts Lab gives her account here. We are following up on this event with seeking funding to help support innovative practices both in and around the NHS service to young people in Torbay.
read more about the Edge Health here
Case Study Edgeucation
On May 27th and June 25th a group of 21 and then 12 people came together to engage in discussion on educational practice. The discussions and presentations from the first meeting translated into a role play of the spirit of Schumacher College confronting a pragmatic world-business leader. The line we had drawn between the Schumacher holistic understanding of process divided from the mainstream paradigm of reductionism to foundation elements was brought into question, especially by Mark O’Connell Director of the Apricot Centre Wellbeing Service and Charlotte Crowther Director of Restorative Engagement Forum. The result was an awareness of wholeness that lives in relation to division as necessary complements of any solution to educational practice. More events are planned to take this inquiry into how to apply Schumacher College learning forwards.
read more about the Edge Edgeucation here
Case Study Play
Mike Wride and Philip Franses have experimented with using cards to contrast static understanding with dynamic meaning. You can read about an experiment with it in a class of Chaos and Complexity at Schumacher College in 2015 here. At this page you can also try to make meaning of the Rocket and the Rooster and the embryonic journey!
The same dynamic plays out in the cells of the body, when we see the receiving of meaning as motivating a self-structuring of the cells with the different ventures initiated by the edges and nodes which we together embody. The body becomes the lab in which we can test out this interplay of correlated form.
Using mathematical tools we identify the signature of different keys unlocking the different behaviours in the body, for instance between dehydration and normal response. This work offers a practical tool to identify health networks in any system of connections. See the full article here
Reintergrating the whole
Global Synapses is a specialist in integration of different perspectives into a harmonious whole. The first point is not to ask what are we taking separately out of this design, but what are we giving into this new collective vision? We bring partners together in a whole vision of what is possible.
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