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[Xmca-l] Re: Fwd: Verizon's greed



Mike,

To be clear Mimi Ito cited ikigai in her book, I was drawing on her comment
that the collective is in constant tensions with the individual is a
Western belief. It came up during a collaborative reading of the book on
Twitter, Slack, and open annotation tool Hypothes.is

Ikigai grew in popularity in the US tech scene after it was mentioned in a
"TED" Talk entitled "How to live to be a Hundred" by Dan Buettner. I attach
a link to his transcript here:
http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_buettner_how_to_live_to_be_100/transcript?language=en#t-614000
.

Ikigai is mentioned at the ten minute mark.

ohh and thanks for the note about the website. Wordpress and boredom can
make anyone look good.

Greg

On Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 8:18 PM mike cole <mcole@ucsd.edu> wrote:

> That *is* a neat Venn diagram, Greg. And I just learned of the word today
> for reasons that grow out
> of an MCA project involving a hard to define non-English words. The link to
> Mimi Ito, connected learning zeitgeists, and passionate affinity groups is
> a welcome addition to my education.
>
> mike
>
> PS- Neat looking web page too!!
>
>
>
> On Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 5:03 PM, Greg Mcverry <jgregmcverry@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > As we were discussing ikagi in this thread it reminded me that it seems
> to
> > be popping up more and more  in my circles.
> >
> > Here was a post I did a few months back after a group of us read Jenkins,
> > Ito, and boyd's latest book.:
> >
> http://jgregorymcverry.com/in-search-of-ikigai-meaning-making-as-culture/
> >
> > It has no academic value or insight just a personal reflection.
> >
> > The concept of "ikagi" seems to be gaining cultural relevance in the tech
> > scene or emerging theoretical perspectives "connected learning-- a
> > pragmatic amalgamation of learning theories with deep roots to XMCA.
> >
> > Not sure if the rising popularity of Ikagi is window dressing for the
> newly
> > minted millionaire's, "millennial attitudes," or effects of our networked
> > society.
> >
> >  Given that I hate generational distinctions and avoid guessing anyone's
> > motives I am going witha  theory that the  semiotic power of a well
> > balanced Venn Diagram and the meaning packed within creates an
> > inspirational aspiration.
> >
> > One that "hipster" crowd has appropriated. In fact if anyone has had the
> > chance to see the American satire show "Silicon Valley" I would be
> willing
> > to bet on an "Ikagi" joke.....which also speaks to a much larger level of
> > cultural appropriation.
> >
> > On Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 7:34 AM Lplarry <lpscholar2@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > Val opened this line of the intertwining  thread with her passion for
> > > requisite variety as the quality of permeable membranes and interface
> as
> > > necessary for general systems theory unfolding as human projects.
> > > This occurs at all levels (cell, self, families, teams, communities,
> > > nations).
> > > Two nations that Val offers as exemplary are Japan and Germany.
> > > Implicit is the realization that these two nations *tend* towards
> > > equilibrium having *requisite variety*
> > > This post lead to Andy exploring the notion of having a *reason* for
> > > getting up in the morning. Helen then contributed and elaborated on
> this
> > > quality of life.
> > >
> > > Then Wagner, taking his turn,pointed to a deep contrast with how he saw
> > > the *reality* of  Japanese culture and it’s focus on the ideal  of not
> > > being a nail that sticks out as *actually* being more like a *linear*
> > > dynamic system that is generally closed and nonpermeable.
> > > This type of system  which displays qualities which *express*  what
> seems
> > > to have the quality of  mechanical systems having the  opposite system
> > > characteristic  of cells which  have *organic permeable boundaries* .
> > >
> > > My question is how Japan can be conceptualized as both exemplary
> (living
> > > experience as if organically permeable) following the theory of general
> > > biological systems theory) and also be perceived as a dead and lifeless
> > > place which images a general mechanical systems theory with external
> > moving
> > > *parts* only mechanically related and therefore forming a sense of
> > lifeless
> > > *repetition*.
> > > It seems that within japanese culture we can be participating in both
> > > organic général systems (permeable membrane image) and at the same time
> > > participating in mechanical general systems (closed impermeable dead
> > > membranes)
> > > Both  forms of recognition in Nancy Frasers understanding of culture
> but
> > > it seems to hinge on the difference between mechanical and organic
> > > metaphors of system boundaries. Are system boundaries closed *walls*
> > > (Trump) or permeable *membranes*.
> > > Dead/mechanical or living/breathing systems.
> > > Is this the difference between *linear* and *nonlinear* notions of
> > systems?
> > >
> > > My turn is to reflect on the relation between *eco* system as a concept
> > > and the aboriginal image of *mother earth* as a similar concept.
> > > These symbols both sharing notions of open  membranes but they do have
> a
> > > diiferent feel and sense of being organic life.
> > >
> > > Sent from my Windows 10 phone
> > >
> > > From: Wilkinson
> > > Sent: April 24, 2016 9:04 PM
> > > To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
> > > Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Fwd: Verizon's greed
> > >
> > > Note (a continuation):
> > > I was in such a hurry that I couldn't remember "the project as unit of
> > > analysis." (thanks Andy)  We do progress!  It's not just survival of
> the
> > > fittest, but also mutual aid is a factor.  And like we used to say in
> > > Medieval Lit,
> > > "when Adam dug and Eve spun,
> > > who was then a "gentleman"?
> > > V
> > >
> > >
> > > On 2016/04/25 12:13, Wilkinson wrote:
> > > > Life in the present mode of existence, being.
> > > > Hello, dear Xmca-er colleagues.
> > > >
> > > > I'm checking in as a woman scholar voice doing research in General
> > > > Systems Theory.  Once I was just at the beginning and now nearly the
> > end
> > > > of my institutional career.  In Japan.  A National University.
> > > > I live in an educational world where the children have been taught
> that
> > > > the nail that sticks out gets beaten down.
> > > >
> > > > As a systems theorist, at the level of self, group, community -
> living
> > > > systems naturally seek equilibrium.  So why would I vote or not vote
> > for
> > > > Sanders?  Why would I vote or not vote for Hilary?
> > > >
> > > > 40 years of teaching languages, Latin, Greek, English, has been to
> make
> > > > my living.  What I love and want to talk about is how to create a
> great
> > > > team, produce a film, coordinate a satisfactory project, with the
> young
> > > > ones who are enacting the managerial roles having the full support of
> > > > the community of adults, both in and out of the academy.  Moreover,
> > > > peer-learning, which appears essential, and has so appeared to me
> since
> > > > I was seven, "teaching" my one year younger brother how to read my
> > first
> > > > English primer.
> > > >
> > > > Time and again Andy, Larry, and Mike have responded lucidly and
> kindly
> > > > to my flashing dives into the stream.  I feel that Andy's "project"
> as
> > > > mode/method/focus for the self, the team, and the community is
> > coherent,
> > > > articulate, manageable.  So if I fear and dread recursions of 30s
> > > > horrors, world depression, anti-union, the ghastly shape of Nazism
> > > > appearing, the shape of Joseph McCarthy's witch-hunts, it's not going
> > to
> > > > help much with my projects of today, this week, etc.
> > > >
> > > > But coming back again and again to the present, the projects I am
> doing
> > > > now, this week, this month, working out how to stay in contact with
> the
> > > > players, get announcements out to the community, well, that is quite
> > > > enough for me to do.  Since the kids are grown up and don't need me
> so
> > > > much, I have to encourage young students to join clubs, have
> meetings,
> > > > plan events.  Just have to stay busy ...
> > > >
> > > > But always coming back to General Systems Theory, and moving with the
> > > > present, as a woman/mother/lover/teacher/faculty
> > > > member/participant-observer, I value the exquisite mind of Ross Ashby
> > > > and "requisite variety," which is what a viable system needs to
> > survive,
> > > > an environment which draws out the creative, which satisfies the
> > hunger.
> > > >   Permeable membranes and interface is how I see the interaction of
> > > > nations and communities and teams and people and families and the
> cells
> > > > in the body maintaining health.
> > > >
> > > > It is hard for me to check in or dive in with a word, but XMCA
> > continues
> > > > to be the best forum for my serendipities and synchronicities and
> > > > reading of the news.  I'm still a GST person and keep my eye on Ervin
> > > > Laszlow and the Budapest Club for international cooperative ventures
> in
> > > > sustainable business, a benign transition to an age of
> > ultra-technology,
> > > > in which human communities can create harmonious dwellings,
> > > > environmentally friendly renewable energy and so on.  I live in Japan
> > > > and my brother's family members live in Germany.  Living in the
> present
> > > > does not mean just today.  I see that it means progressing toward
> > better
> > > > education, better health, better food supply.  I still want to pay
> > > > attention to Japan and Germany - and where ever people have learned
> > that
> > > > wholesome, calm work places, educational opportunities and intrinsic
> > > > development, taking it easy and taking it slow, are altogether so
> much
> > > > better than war, war, bombs, and military/industrial complex money
> > blah,
> > > > messing up the academy, truncating creativity, killing joyful work
> > > > places. (But now I see that I am standing on a box in a park instead
> of
> > > > getting on with my projects for today).
> > > > Vandy
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > 2016/04/25 9:29, mike cole wrote:
> > > >> This is how Sanders represents himself in a way that appeals to a
> good
> > > >> many
> > > >> Americans. They do not
> > > >> know what to call it and neither does he. I offer it as evidence
> about
> > > an
> > > >> unusual phenomenon in American political life that feels to this
> dated
> > > >> person a LOT like what I understand of the 1930's in this country. I
> > > come
> > > >> from a line of premature anti-fascists and anti-racists (terrible
> > > >> sexists)
> > > >> who were firm believers in the first ammendment to the constitution
> of
> > > >> the
> > > >> US. What I see in this election is very disturbingly like what those
> > > >> years
> > > >> around my birth were all about.
> > > >>
> > > >> The result in that case was a massive world war and the beginning of
> > the
> > > >> atomic age.
> > > >>
> > > >> The result in this case?
> > > >>
> > > >> Who was  it you were asking me to vote for?
> > > >>
> > > >> mike
> > > >> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> > > >> From: BernieSanders.com <info@berniesanders.com>
> > > >> Date: Sat, Apr 23, 2016 at 4:14 PM
> > > >> Subject: Verizon's greed
> > > >> To: Michael Cole <lchcmike@gmail.com>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> [image: Bernie Sanders for President]
> > > >>
> > > >> When the CEO of a company makes almost $20 million a year but then
> > > >> tries to
> > > >> outsource jobs, reduce wages, and cut health benefits -- that's the
> > > >> kind of
> > > >> corporate greed we need to get rid of in America. *And that's
> exactly
> > > >> what
> > > >> Verizon is doing right now.*
> > > >>
> > > >> Verizon's employees are fighting back. They're out on strike for a
> > > >> contract. *Stand with them against their CEO and add your name to
> > > >> Bernie's
> > > >> to say you support Verizon employees.
> > > >> <
> > >
> >
> https://go.berniesanders.com/page/s/stand-with-verizon-employees?source=em160423-full
> > > >*
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> Bernie's email to you about this very important issue about this is
> > > >> below.
> > > >> Thank you for standing in solidarity.
> > > >> ------------------------------
> > > >>
> > > >> Sisters and Brothers,
> > > >>
> > > >> The CEO of Verizon makes almost $20 million a year in compensation.
> He
> > > >> leads one of the most profitable companies in the country.
> > > >>
> > > >> *Yet Verizon wants to take away employees' health benefits. Verizon
> > > wants
> > > >> to outsource decent-paying jobs. Verizon wants to avoid paying
> federal
> > > >> income tax. And right now, Verizon is refusing to sit down and
> > > >> negotiate a
> > > >> fair contract with its employees.*
> > > >>
> > > >> In other words, Verizon is just another major American corporation
> > > trying
> > > >> to destroy the lives of working Americans. *But this time, Verizon's
> > > >> employees are fighting back.*
> > > >>
> > > >> Thousands of very brave employees of Verizon and Verizon Wireless
> are
> > on
> > > >> strike until they can get a fair contract. They made a *very*
> > difficult
> > > >> decision that puts their families at risk -- but it's a choice they
> > > >> made to
> > > >> stand up for justice against corporate greed.
> > > >>
> > > >> *I'm asking you today to stand up and tell the CEO of Verizon that
> you
> > > >> think Verizon employees deserve a fair contract that protects health
> > > >> benefits, guarantees fair pay, and stops outsourcing. Click here to
> > add
> > > >> your name in support of Verizon employees.
> > > >> <
> > >
> >
> https://go.berniesanders.com/page/s/stand-with-verizon-employees?source=em160423-full
> > > >*
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> *Add Your Name »
> > > >> <
> > >
> >
> https://go.berniesanders.com/page/s/stand-with-verizon-employees?source=em160423-full
> > > >*
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> Twice last week in New York City I stood with Verizon workers in the
> > > >> streets. I did so because they're doing something very brave:
> they're
> > > >> standing up not just for themselves, but for the millions of
> Americans
> > > >> who
> > > >> don't have a union.
> > > >>
> > > >> The working class of this country deserves to earn decent wages,
> > decent
> > > >> benefits, and not see their jobs go to low-wage countries.
> > > >>
> > > >> Verizon's CEO doesn't think that. He called me "contemptible" for
> > saying
> > > >> that his employees need a fair contract, and that Verizon should pay
> > its
> > > >> fair share in federal income taxes.
> > > >>
> > > >> What I think is contemptible is CEOs with multi-million dollar
> > > >> compensation
> > > >> packages, presiding over extremely profitable companies, and still
> > > >> refusing
> > > >> to give their employees fair contracts.
> > > >>
> > > >> Corporate greed is a scourge on this country, and it will take all
> of
> > us
> > > >> standing up for justice in order to rein it in. *One significant way
> > you
> > > >> can stand up to corporate greed is by standing with Verizon
> employees
> > > who
> > > >> are out on strike.*
> > > >>
> > > >> *Add your name and say you support Verizon employees who are
> standing
> > > >> up to
> > > >> the CEO in order to get a fair contract with health benefits, fair
> > > >> pay, and
> > > >> job protections.
> > > >> <
> > >
> >
> https://go.berniesanders.com/page/s/stand-with-verizon-employees?source=em160423-full
> > > >*
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> Corporate America is slowly beginning to realize that they cannot
> have
> > > it
> > > >> all. Thanks for helping them know it.
> > > >>
> > > >> In solidarity,
> > > >>
> > > >> Bernie Sanders
> > > >>
> > > >> *Contribute
> > > >> <
> > >
> >
> https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/lets_go_bernie?refcode=em160423-verizon
> > > >*
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
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