REFRAMING THE GAME OF STRATEGIC DILEMMAS
COMMENTARY ARCHIVES, 14 Jun 2009
A 12-fold Interplay of Possibilities of Otherwise
The purpose of this document is to point to resources enabling challenging strategic dilemmas to be reframed. The concern is framed by two insights from Albert Einstein:
The significant problems we face can not be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
To repeat the same thing over and over again, and yet to expect a different result, this is a form of insanity.
The exercise here in clustering options builds on Governing Civilization through Civilizing Governance: global challenge for a turbulent future (2008) and on Enabling Strategies for Viable Futures (2009). The sets of documents cited are in this case presented in a separate Annex (Reframing Strategic Dilemmas through 12 Modes: commentary and checklist of documents, 2009) to which specific links are provided below.
The emphasis explored here is on the possibility of a dynamic reframing rather than a static, structural reframing of dilemmas — notably in the light of insights from the dynamics of complex systems appropriate to the expected turbulence of the future (Human Values as Strange Attractors: coevolution of classes of governance principles, 1993).
Although a common understanding of reframing derives from the pioneering formalization by John Grinder and Richard Bandler (Reframing: Neurolinguistic programming and the transformation of meaning, 1983), no specific appeal to the methods of neuro-linguistic programming is intended here. Of greater relevance are insights into framing emerging from the work of George Lakoff and Mark Johnson (Metaphors We Live By, 1980; Philosophy In The Flesh: the Embodied Mind and its Challenge to Western Thought, 1999).
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