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.
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
From the perspective of materialism, water is a commodity, to be pooled, made into a service and sold. From the perspective of wholeness, water is a cycle from the rivers, the evaporation of water through trees, the forming of clouds, rainfall, and re-absorbtion of the water in the land that is vital to life. 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.
Secondly when communities come together to take ownership of the health of their landscape, they show they have access to an ancient understanding of their place in the natural order. The energy to bring this natural technology into global visibility is the work of The Flow Partnership (see www.theflowpartnership.org)
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Case Study Edgeucation Experiment
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!
Case Study Health
In a group process organised with Mark O’Connell, 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
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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