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Running the ‘Systems Discourse’ Gauntlet

September 1, 2023

Recorded August 21 2023


In this week’s Frankly, Nate considers 7 different continuums of perspectives people use when taking part in a “systems” discourse, such as The Great Simplification podcast is attempting.  In such complex and often controversial discussions, each of us has a point of view that stems from our own personal experiences, knowledge and identity – yet how we channel that point of view into the larger discourse matters. How does understanding our own perspectives potentially help us side-step mental roadblocks and become more open to other possibilities and actions? What are the hidden ruts that we can fall into when discussing the future with others that we’re not consciously thinking of and can we learn to avoid them? Can shifting our perspective along the spectrum of potential responses open dialogue and facilitate more inclusive and cooperative conversations as we collectively try to meet the future halfway?

Show Notes

00:24 – Do The Math essay on Wild Mammal to Human mass ratio over time

01:37 – Number and average weight of animal populations is diminishing

04:10 – Frankly #41

05:47 – Discount Rate

08:23 – Splitting

09:16 – Reality, Probability, and Perception | Frankly #29

12:19 – Ken Wilber, Tomas Björkman, Metamodern

Nate Hagens

Nate Hagens

Nate is a well-known speaker on the big picture issues facing human society and currently teaches a systems synthesis Honors seminar at the University of Minnesota ‘Reality 101 – A Survey of the Human Predicament’   Nate is on the Boards of Post Carbon Institute, Bottleneck Foundation, IIER and Institute for the Study of Energy and the Future.  Previously, he was lead editor of The Oil Drum, one of... Read more.