Olympia-dō 道 & SAIL for Tomorrow Sustainable Academic Legacy (SAIL) for Tomorrow Hellenic-Japanese Heritage & Civilization in Society & the Modern World
Olympia-dō 道 Principles
The ultimate goal of this venture is to pioneer a global academic innovation ecosystem committed to providing ongoing and sustainable mentoring and capacity-building to the Olympian stakeholders and human resources of tomorrow (TIAS, SFT and 2020 Legacy Vision). For this purpose, we are introducing Olympia-dō道, an expression symbolizing the blend between the Ancient Hellenic and Olympian heritage with the Japanese and Asian culture and virtues, a pathway and a global force for innovation, cross-cultural dialogue, humanity and community regeneration.
The word Olympia, stands for the civilization we have inherited as a way of community development, democratic governance and a social innovation platform through arts, science, technology, civic engagement and social progress in the service of humanity.
The word dō道 , means pathway, the martial artist mindset and discipline, effort and long-term commitment needed to embrace human virtues as a peaceful warrior of social change, progress and prosperity.
The aim of this venture is to preserve and promote the virtues and heritage lost across time and translation, and to create a universal and applied humanitarian framework for community regeneration, social inclusion, innovation, peace-building and resilience. This will be achieved via skills, applied knowledge, long-term commitment and competencies that combine the following Olympia-dō道 restoration enterprise foundations and principles:
Olympia-dō道 Principle #1 Restoration of Ancient Olympia’s humanitarian civilization in the modern world.
Restoration of integrity and integration of the ancient Olympia’s heritage, ecosystem and ecology in the modern world: Uncover the interdisciplinary context of the ancient Olympic Games and create bridges for social innovation and prosperity in the modern world.
Olympia-dō道 Principle #2 Embrace global humanitarian heritage, wisdom and virtues across cultures and civilizations.
Regeneration and preservation of global cultural and humanitarian heritage: Advocate universal virtues and collective wisdom bridges between the East and West, North and South, time and space (Jigoro Kano’s vision, Aristotelian virtues, and humanitarian examples such as those of Gandhi, Mohammad Ali and Mandela).
Olympia-dō道 Principle #3 Trigger innovation, social entrepreneurship, peace-building, personal and community health, sustainable community regeneration and resilience.
Revitalize community resilience and regeneration and social innovation: Infusion of Olympism in society through applied Olympian innovation literacy tailored to local challenges and context.
SAIL for Tomorrow, a Vision with a plan!!! What, Who, When and How?...just stay tuned!!!!!!!
Jet lagged, inspired, determined, committed and guided by the the same vision. Unedited handwritten thoughts and vision after a short trip in Greece and Cyprus, January 19, 2017 3:00 am. Typed and Posted May 10, 2017.
Silence does not imply inactivity. January 19, 2017, a year after receiving the offer letter to join TIAS and its vision. Energized more than ever- for new beginnings, new ventures and new initiatives. The new year, 2017, is also the 17th anniversary of a soul searching journey I started at the beginning of the millennium- a journey rich in creative disruptions, life changes, graduate course work, field research, consulting, programming, evidence and scholarship, theory building and theory testing, teaching and service related to Applied and Inclusive Olympic and Paralympic Education for humanity, social innovation, peace-building and sustainable development.
As I enter the new cycle of life in Japan- I go back to the foundations, the rationale, the intensions and clear direction of my life’s GPS system that brought me to this destination. The main drive of the journey that led me here in Japan was my strong commitment and desire to further contribute to the efforts and establishment of an Applied Olympian Literacy/Education Olympiad enriched with restoration endeavors related to social innovation, universal virtues and humanity. In short, the objective, main drive and vision was to initiate ventures that would further contribute, restore and regenerate foundations and virtues that make the Olympic spirit universal and timeless- applicable and relevant to every community across the globe.
Building on the work I have been engaged in over the last twenty years and the synthesis of a concept note that led me in the land of the rising sun- grounded and tailored to the existing assets of the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo- I begin a new year and enter the new Olympiad- with an even stronger desire and commitment to initiate endeavors that can alleviate global challenges by embracing literacy, theory and practices that invest in- and sustain a Human centered economy, literacy and ecology. The new venture is called Olympia-(dō 道) and it aims to serve as a bridge across time, civilizations, virtues, heritage and geography. A platform where the ancient Olympic spirit meets the needs of humanity by building bridges across universal virtues, pride and heritage- from the far east- to the west, north and south. A venture where Japan- and far east- is becoming the global innovation center- and the birthplace, of the manifestations of the Olympic idea into relevant and accessible practice of the modern world.
Olympia-(dō 道) Universality and Applied Educational System
Olympia-(dō 道) as a name, it symbolizes the need for innovation and integration of words- symbols and wisdom of ancient civilizations with language and practices that is relevant to the modern world by addressing current glocal challenges. The Japanese context and culture of systemic and systematic efforts in achieving collective goals, pursuing knowledge and proficiencies in practice aims to ground the Olympian utopia (Olympic and Paralympic) and philosophical narratives in an educational system – and a martial artist way – the way of a peaceful warrior. Olympia-(dō 道) as a restoration enterprise, it aims to uncover heritage, virtues, concepts and practices that are lost in time and translation. With these assets, as they are being restored- they will then be used as a boundless platform and database relevant to local communities in the north- east and South. The objective will be to regenerate local communities into engaged stakeholders (Ecosystems) that take action in forming human centered and inclusive enterprises of human progress, innovation and prosperity.
Olympia-(dō 道) : Human-centered Economy, Literacy and Aristocracy
Olympia-(dō 道) is an integrated academic and applied academic educational endeavor driven by established theory and evidence from the field and aims to establish a system with ongoing training, reward system and capacity building opportunities related to Applied Olympic Education and Olympism for Humanity Literacy. The objective is to unify collective knowledge of human development, positive psychology with social psychology and applied wisdom. Establishing and integrating in this way a social design were ideas are transformed into actions- collective wisdom and theory is being put into praxis to establish a human-centered based capital and economy. An academic system it aims to build the capacity of individuals and organizations with skills and competencies that are relevant and applied in each community- practicing and infusing in this way Applied Olympism- the Olympic Spirit and Heritage in Society. The reward system will be based in academic merit and practical-tangible achievements in local communities- establishing in this way a governance system of Olympism for Humanity and Sustainable Development excellence, merit and achievements (Aristeia and Aristocracy)
Olympia-(dō 道)is a global academic venture that aims to to infuse the Olympian spirit, values, wisdom, virtues and heritage in society- driven and in service of Humanity. As for the where, when, who and how....edited, structured and feasible action plan is coming out soon.
More than half a century of conflict and division- Cypriots and the so-called pseudo-guarantors need to overcome primitive narratives and practices that had been reproducing cycles of war, hatred, fear and division.
War and/or any armed conflict and/or intervention/operation SHOULD NEVER BE an option.
Japan's great example of resilience, peace-building, social progress and prosperity can serve as a source of inspiration- a great example we can all learn from. Without permission- Japanese constitutional Article 9 plagiarized /tailored to the Cypriot needs and context can be found below:
'Article 1 (Cyprus constitution- made in Japan): Aspiring sincerely to an international and inter-communal peace based on justice and order, the Cypriot people and The republic of Cyprus guarantors Greece, Turkey and UK, forever renounce war (and/or any armed inter-communal and intra or inter-state conflict/operation/intervention) as a sovereign right of the nation (and/or every state and/or ethnic group) and the threat of use of source as means of settling international and/or inter-state/communal disputes. To accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war and/or armed conflict potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state/country will not be recognized'
Can people from Greece, Turkey, UK and Cyprus follow this example or do we they/we all need 50 more years of war, division, and disillusioned pseudo-patriotic fairytales to evolve from the fear-based primitive attitudes, structures and realities?
A field trip in Hiroshima can definitely help- even the most extreme macho-nationalist can potentially get perspective- and/or keep them there until they get it! I am more than willing to facilitate such venture and host the wildest of its kind...
Athens, Marathon & Ancient Olympia, Greece June 25-July 5, 2015
Given the increased international interest from a number of humanitarian, educational, sport, NGO practitioners and civil society institutions to promote the use of sport, arts, cultural and educational programs as vehicles to address local and global humanitarian challenges, change agents and agencies are expected to possess skills and competencies that traditional academic programs do not provide.
Building on the great success of the first O4H professional training programs that took place in ancient Olympia in Summer 2013 and 2014, the 2015 O4H Praxis Summer Program offers an annual 10-day residential professional development program in Ancient Olympia, Greece. The Praxis Summer program includes participation in the O4H Summit for the first five days.
The O4H Praxis Summer Program is ideally suited to the needs of change and humanitarian agents and agencies, NGO practitioners, students, athletes, Olympians, policy makers, faculty, researchers, program officers and educators. This annual Professional Development program in Ancient Olympia aims to provide the tools and skills for community-based prevention programming and scholarship.
Who is eligible to apply? NGO practitioners, Humanitarian actors, Academics, Researchers, Universities, Teachers of primary, secondary and tertiary education, Government /policy-makers, Corporations, High school and university students, Athletes and Coaches.
Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced way the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education,Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles. (International Olympic Committee’s Charter)
The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity. (International Olympic Committee’s Charter)
O4H Alliance is the first Olympism global venture that bridges disciplines in theory and practice.
O4H Alliance is the first inter-disciplinary academic advancement platform that aims to promote integrated applied Olympism teaching, research and community service
O4H Alliance members design and deliver a strategic action plan, which issupported throughout the year with the mentorship and support of prominent world leading experts and agencies.
O4H Alliance members engage in cause-oriented, youth-led, project-based endeavors that are grounded in the foundation of the Olympic Spirit.
OH Alliance has established the first Sport for Development and Peace and Applied Olympism Summit and Summer Program solely focusing on the application of the Olympic values as a tool for social change.
O4H Alliance curriculum and principles are grounded in the first sound applied Olympism and sport for development and peace scientific research, tested theory and evidence from the field.
O4H Alliance builds cause-oriented bridges with change agents and agencies regardless of age, gender, educational, ethic or socio-economic background.
The 2015 O4H Praxis Summer Program (June 25th-July 5th, 2015), provides extensive training on applied skills and competencies related to:
(a) Humanitarian applied Olympic Education and Olympism in Action foundations
(b) Prevention and evidence-based program design and delivery
(c) Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and impact assessment
(d) Non-profit and special event management
(e) Fundraising strategies and grant proposal writing
(f) Curriculum development for formal and non-formal educational systems (e.g., community and after school programs, primary, secondary, and tertiary education)
(h) Olympic and Paralympic Games, Marathon & Mega Events Legacies.
After our very successful Programs in 2013 & 2014, we are returning to implement our annual professional development program in ancientOlympia, Greece, the birthplace of the Olympic Games.
The 2015 O4H Praxis Summer Program will accept applications from highly motivated and committed individuals who are interested in this emerging field.
History has taught us that the direct and indirect effects of the economic recession, unemployment, poverty, and civic disengagement are interconnected with xenophobia, immigration, war and violence across groups and cultures. While a number of scholars, academics, policy makers, practitioners and humanitarian agencies have been engaging in discourses and programming related to the resolution of existing social challenges, “the problems around us grow faster than the actions each one of us is taking.” Based on the foundation that “we can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them” (Albert Einstein), the annual O4H Summit is aiming to establish a world leading platform of an inter-disciplinary community where youth, scholars, researchers, thinkers, policy-makers, and practitioners work collaboratively “to explore and enhance the contribution of Olympism to humanity.”
During this conference, academics, NGO practitioners, youth, educators and humanitarian actors showcase current humanitarian programs and scholarship and participate in workshops to embrace a shared vision.
The 5-dayresidentialO4H Summit will take place in Athens, Marathon and Ancient Olympia, Greece from June 25th– June 29th, 2015. This summit will serve as a platform for introspection, community building, system re-design and global action.
The annual Summit aims to bring together academics, practitioners and humanitarian actors and agencies to serve as a platform for global action on sensitive and current global humanitarian challenges.
We envision this platform as an introspective venue for a journey across “time and space” in an attempt to build bridges across disciplines, cultures and institutions- merging development, social cohesion, civic engagement, peace building, innovation, prevention and resilience.
Our vision is to create an inspiring and enlightened setting for the advancement of a discourse about social innovation and collective global-local actions where the academic world, change agencies, youth and humanitarian actors can be connected to the challenges of our local communities.
Our challenge is to advance applied interdisciplinary scholarship, local action and civic engagement opportunities that will potentially reform the role of academic institutions, youth and humanitarian actors into agencies that reach out and engage, support and collaborate for the improvement of the human condition.
Based on the Socratic notion of wisdom, this summit serves as a journey of knowledge uninhibited by borders of language, discipline, culture, time and tradition. Questioning our current state of being (personal and institutional) will advance collective knowledge and actions towards the improvement of the human condition-locally and across globe.
This summit aims to serve as a space for introspection, inspiration, as well as a foundation for creating actions geared towards strengthening global humanitarian action. We therefore invite you to join a dynamic community at the birthplace of the Olympic Spirit. Join us in Olympia to light your O4H “torch” and become an “Olympian” in service of humanity.
2015 O4H Summit Contributions
3 Keynote addresses, 3 Keynote Panels and 4 Parallel Session with Paper Oral Presentations
...strong drive to write but very overwhelmed with both- the amount - and the deviation of the 3-4 directions of the different frameworks I want to express and put on "paper"
Muses- are off for the weekend- I guess...
As with the previous unedited with typos pieces- a keyword and a warm up session is essential component for this call
Cyprus- past- present and future (I can at least start with a context)
Over the week i had an enlightening, inspiring experience at the annual peacebuilding conference that took place in DC.
Seven main themes that inspired me at the weeklong peacebuilding convention...(I like seven- and it's trendy in social media to come to the 7 best lessons etc)
1) Quality, intention, personal and institutional sense of purpose of the peacebuilding community. Thirst for ...more
2) Determination- combined with awareness on the flaws- personal and institutional- (acknowledging current state of being- strengths and weaknesses is the first - and essential step for growth and progress)
3) Self- institutional awareness/sarcasm beyond the washy wishy-ness of the terms of "peace" or "peacebuilding" combined with openness for change grounded on futuristic creative design- guided and informed by theory and applied scientific paradigms, is a great recipe with great potential.
4) Academic commitment in spending resources, brain power and institutional drive to move beyond the lala-academic land- questioning and exploring tangible ways where the three major functions of the western academic world can co-exist (education+research/scholarship production+Service) 5) Futuristic peacebuilding designs should be transformed from discourses of content - in to comprehensions and processes of context. There's more need to prepare individuals that function in a rapidly changing world- and therefore our responsibility should be to see our students (citizens and our communities) not as content carriers- but as higher impact context changers
6) Acknowledgment/reiteration that peace or peacebuilding is often demonized, misused and abused (there is ying yang here as well- personal and institutional) - voicing commitment to move beyond the silos of the lala-land, with more credibility and accountability (personal and institutional)
7) Soundness of the creative scientific connections between peacebuilding- brain functions and neuroscience. Groundbreaking scholarship and scientific endeavors across disciplines are essential if the vision is to challenge and improve state of being.
The tricky thing though-in any human endeavor- is the complexity of the brain. The scary thing? We should NOT count on the assumption of Mankind's rationality.
A great picture and metaphor from last week's conference was that human brain is like an elephant. The elephant carry collective memories, social norms, fears and pre-existing complexities.
The rider, on top of the elephant (our conscious and creative mind)- can set direction and guide the elephant to new places. The choice is on each one of us. It all comes to where we place our focus- (the elephant- or the rider(s))
So what? What is the connection between theory and practice? Building on the momentum of what is happening in Cyprus- I feel re-energized, excited and pessimistic at the same time. In complex situations like the center of the universe- (referring to Cyprus) peacebuilding is not about content (only)- but a process in which we conceptualize and re-design context- that should entail vision, functionality and intentionality- with one foundational purpose. To serve it's citizens! Healing and apology is essential first step from both sites. Diagnostics and conflict analysis is a vital step on the existing viruses and diseases (personal and institutional) that continually contaminate human-oriented futuristic vision. Creative personal, institutional and civic engagement on the peacebuilding "re-construction" endeavor is vital- grounded on paradigms and disciplines that will embrace a higher (feasible and realistic) purpose- respecting the old- but most importantly- investing for the new!
While all this sound exciting- the big question remains the same. Whether the currently engaged actors will reproduce the old- or transform the existing landscape into something new. Are they (we) going to follow the Elephant or the Rider's pathway? There is hope and a choice.
To be or not to be...an idiot (which...of course- comes from a greek word #bigreekfatweddingfactfinding)- a word that captures what was not valued in a ancient Greek democratic communities. Self-centered- and not civically engaged persons (and institutions) that think and care ONLY for their personal interest. Peacebuilding- teambuilding and reconciliation require the opposite. Creativity and Fear do not- and can NOT coexist. Overcoming fear should be our commitment. An an-diotic civic engagement (not referring to the demonized and ngo-ized civil society) can potentially create conditions for both- renovations of old "buildings" (narratives and institutions)- and for creative futuristic design of new bridges, buildings, cities and communities in a context and design that is is different form the existing one.
Peacebuilding (Vs the static concept of Peace)- like bridgebuilding, housebuilding and any construction- should serve personal and community needs. Such endeavors should have a functional vision and purpose. Bridges, housing and any construction enterprise though- once they are built- require maintenance.
Cost efficiency? It all depends on the actors involved, the transparency and the commitment the "engaged actors" have on serving the actual purpose- blueprint and design.
Quality and sustainability? Depends on the architectural design, the structure, the ingredients- and the functions they are meant to serve.
When it comes to Urban, City or Community Design- bigger vision beyond personal or individual needs are needed for both- functionality, accessibility and sustainability.
A shared vision and higher purpose on the functionality, rationality and the feng shui of the design is essential. Otherwise- why should one build a house- a community on a design that no one would like to use, respect, engage or appreciate.
PS- next unedited- Theoretical foundations and practical recommendations- metaphor and implications in the current situation in Cyprus.
Abstraction and linearity- theory building and theory testing- inductive and deductive reasoning- philosophy and rational thinking.
Socrates- Plato and Aristotle working together for the same purpose...
Reflecting on the two first writing without thinking pieces, reinforces- with more clarity, my understanding of the gap - and the potential bridges between theory and praxis.
On the one hand- free "fall" thinking, abstraction, philosophy and channeling ideas through a socratic baby delivery questioning process, makes no sense- if its content is not linked with linearity, simplicity and application in the real world.
This first mental function, inductive and free way of thinking is where flow- new ideas are generated beyond linearity (paradox between psychic entropy, Csicksent). New frameworks are being conceived, with new understandings and possibilities. This Platonic/Socratic conceptual part has certain attributes that are considered the foundations of theory building (concepts and propositions). On the other hand- the conceptual part of this abstraction needs to be translated WITH linearity, articulation, simplicity and scientific mindset- by operationalizing concepts into variables, propositions into hypotheses- and abstraction of theory building into evidence and theory testing. This process is considered the foundation of inductive and deductive reasoning- and essential component of the scientific inquiry (tested, validated, published and approved by the gatekeepers of each discipline).
Providing well articulated linear and simple abstraction is needed for (social/public) consumption and application in practice. Clarity- based on well organized and established disciplines, is also important for institutionalizing new knowledge and new practice (social, educational, medical etc). However, this practice has its flaws- (luck of inter-connections between disciplines and absence of unity and holistic understanding).
On the other hand- abstraction, philosophy and lala-ivory tower academic-talk- can be totally disconnected from people, communities and societies- failing in this way to achieve a very basic function. The application of new knowledge in practice- with the assumption that production of new knowledge should aim the improvement of our understanding of the phenomena around us- and consequently- improvement human condition!
Linear connection with previous sections: Both functions (inductive and deductive reasoning) should be embraced without limits. Both proficiencies are needed in knowledge deconstruction and abstraction- linked with linear- scientific- evidence based operationalized abstraction- applied in practice and expressed in simple well (re)defined variables (applied theory building and theory testing). In short- this is the main foundation of theory building (Platonic/Socratic) and theory testing (Aristotelian linearity, logic and epistemology). Both functions combined (abstraction, intersection and interplay between inductive and deductive reasoning)- tested - filtered and approved by the scientific community of each discipline, (gatekeepers). This is the existing "mechanism" of the existing and established culture of science and scientific enterprise. Many questions and challenges remain unanswered and unresolved though.
Does over specialization (mastery and proficiencies) often lead to reductionism and knowledge without unity across other aspects of reality?
Do gatekeepers have the ability to conceive new abstractions beyond the already established knowledge?
Are gatekeepers- often trapped in knowledge they've already produced, based on which- they've already gained popularity, tenure, grants and reputation?
Would deconstruction of existing knowledge- and potential change of the existing paradigm be threatening and uncomfortable- as an expected reaction of the humankind to any change- even positive?
If the main purpose of the production of new knowledge (scientific and academic) aims to serve humanity (by definition- this is what universities and academia exist for) then the answer should be linear and simple. The problems around us call us for creative deconstruction and reform of the existing paradigm- enriched with more abstraction, creative and non-linear brain power- translated and tested with evidence from the field-and with bridges across people (cognitions/mental connections) disciplines- agents and agencies across cultures.
We still have a long way to go! Acknowledging though the anomaly of the existing paradigm (diagnostics) is the first step of a journey towards new knowledge, new solutions- progress, innovation and change.
PS Note: Next step of this writing series- complete abstraction and link it with linearity- AMC Theory and application in today's reality. Renaissance-SFDT- O4H System's approach and O4H Governance translated into 12-year old talk and language.
No writing does not mean...no oistros (see previous piece - April 28) Sometimes the moments of silence can be more oestrogonic once bluetooth and wifi is on.
the last two days i had multiple recollections from the past- reminded how my pedagogy/andragogy was influenced by hellenism- (how one can avoid it by the way:) The first lecture I've attended during my studies in Greece was Pedagogiki (word should make sense to the non-greeksss as weeeeeelllllll) and it was all about Socrates, Virtues, Socratic "baby-dilevery" humor (sarcasm) and wisdom...so going to Greece for sport related studies instead of having Galis, Yiannakis we were all welcomed by the concepts and the spirit of the ancient!
I LOOOOOOVED IT!- it was magic- regenerating, refreshing and inspiring!!! took the best notes of my life- and i believe- those days- were the first days I was sooooo engaged, lost and excited about the direction I was going. So I guess- this was my first intellectual/psychic/cosmic oestros. It felt ecstatic (emotionally and intellectually) Socially though- not so much. How can one keep the balance between the world of ideas and the modern world- especially the first year-months in a college! This framework though- determined significantly the way I think- coached (back in the old days)- teach, theorize and research (need some coffee and will come back)....ok- this framework also determined the political philosophy of the scholarship I've produced- policies, programming, curricula and vocational training I've developed etc etc...(ok now I get it!) without oistros- (and its roots) without the first piece of writing (unedited with typos on April 28)- I would have forgotten the roots of my biggreekfatweddiness kinda way of thinking and how my work was influenced by the ancient times greekness...(Greek heritage, family, papoudin and nonoudin mou- and other factors definitely interplay- but the sure thing-was that this was the trigger) ...so triggers of all the pieces of our peace (Woolfgang - right on with your framework) with positive oestrogonic stimuli- can lead to intense moments of here and now (in terms of emotional response, cognitive intellectual ahhhhahiness- and physical alertness- and physiological ...biologists and neuroscientists should take it on from here) (elaborate on how this relate to nostalgia- Homeric- nostos and algos as a drive for being present and its value for growth, happiness and evolution).
So what? Understanding self- is the foundation of everything- and the more you learn about something the more you realize how ignorant one can be- if limited or trapped to existing (and pre-existing) rationale and narratives. No plagiarism here- Foundation # 1 of Socratic way of thinking (here we go again #greekfatweddingfactfinding)
Foundation # 2- Socrates was a pain in the ...wondering around agora asking questions (think of something like that happening in our days). Questioning and challenging the existing way of being (personal, social, societal and ...institutional) should be a lifelong commitment. Believing that you think you know something is even more threatening (humanity have proven that over the last...thousands of years)
Foundation # 3- peace, happiness and growth should be facilitated within and with structures and conditions that embrace autonomy, relatedness and competence (or Mastery and transcendence as per Csick and Maslo) (not-what told) Ryan and Deci Self Determination theory- where did you get your theories? ..what was the context, the root and the stimuli/us? Same with Beedy, Kohlberg Sternberg, Maslow, Csick et al...just saying/asking)
Foundation # 4- Philosophy (pedagogical and political) can be more effective (or at least more humanistic) when guided (and grounded) on certain assumptions- (a) each individual has a unique potential (his/her potential) and should be embraced in the same way gynecologist deliver babies (Socratic meeftiki). Sometimes with smooth and painless birth- sometimes with loooong pain, sacrifices (note-maUknowwhatcametomymamindbytheway7monthsinbed?) and sometimes... without any support! Socratic questioning delivers new babies- but triggers and embraces re-generation, growth- but also pain and frustrations to many....(b) Get out of the cave kind of mindset (driven by light instead of shadows) should also be (and actually is- at least in theory) the ultimate purpose of education. Once you get a wifi with light- then the rest is almost- just history...you get the connection and move one (psyc navigation self talk is needed to avoid crashes though) (c) Humor and eros- IS the drive of everything- without this attraction - yin will keep on talking to yins..yang would also be yannngingg without movement or progress. Progress, growth and evolution require tension, dissatisfaction from existing state of being (diagnostics and regeneration). Acknowledging this (positive with negative principle) with psychic/cosmic navigation - oestros as the GPS in life (and - turn around when possible- when you don't feel it) and with the be-the-crazy-one approach (Steve Jobs' moto) you can attract like-minded and crazy enough people (or re-establish old relationships with the "right oestrogonic mindset")- and then...let eros do the job (intense emotional and beyond attraction cosmic drive etc) Mythology can help us get other concepts as well (operationalized though in todays reality to make sense)--- sooooo you think what I write make sense to other people?...hope so,.where are we? ok..let's regroup *(disclosure- eros SHOULD not be misinterpreted or have to do anything with the pedofilia which is probably one of the most sick crimes of humanity..) Eros- as described (at least the way i perceived it) is the love the educator/mentor should have to his/her mentee - and the something needs to be in air kinddaaa think (pemptousia, kindaa magic or X factor)...(d) the equality kinda thing and foundation of creating new communities that are interdisciplinary and all inclusive is one more assumption (see Alborts Contact theory, more recent applications Pettigrew, Moghadam...and Lyras:-) Socrates was the crazy one (and the one with more wisdom see Oracle- but ok we can challenge that) was going around the elit (aristocrates) of Athens asking questions and delivering "new babies" the non-aristocratic did not have the luxury though to be around- since there were busy surviving, satisfying basic needs (Maslow) and doing other things (access and opportunity principle). So it might be something similar like going to kolonaki, voreia proasteia tis athinas and excluding children from other counties ... (disclosure- I am not a communist by the way...I strongly advocate and support Free market - Capitalism- the one that invest though both in- Human and Social Capital) (See holistic Economics redefined Human-Social- Societal-Financial-Natural). ok this is too long- what else? some clarity on this one-? later-...ok I move to another foundation since this a, b, c is getting tooooo long (will elaborate and fix this though at a later stage- during the reorganization stage for pubs)
so - let's set a GOAL- Oestros, flow and Peak experience have this (setting clear goals) as one of the essential assumption/requirement for growth, self actualization and transcendence (same with organizational, inter-group and institutional). You can only become a great athlete (here we go with sports again) ...if you set goals and create conditions of low/high intensity (Balance between skills and challenge- Chicksent) since this is the pathway of Mastery/proficiency/transcendence. Setting goals in high intensity (and staying committed to mastery) can not be experienced in writing a book, or watching tv- but can at least- initially understood- through Askisi and it's metaphors (learning moments- plato's one hour of play). But askisi without context and GPS posited assumption- can lead to blindsided football players, cheerleaders and couch potatoes- (will elaborate later on this - music, performing arts- holistic development- bla bla)
So- setting goal is Foundation # 5 - Disclosure: Setting goal does not mean the educator should be obsessed with the expectation that student will have clarity/focus on direction (or to know) what goals they want to achieve (many significant 40-50-70 year old pioneers I know of- are still in search of an exciting goals in life)- Setting Educational goal and defining steps and deliverables- is- and should be, a practice (askisi)- that will teach us how finding what you love (your passion) and follow that with commitment and determination is important in every endeavor (progress of humankind)- reminds me the "find what you love- and let it kill you" quote
Ok we will close this once we reach "the 7 Foundations of...." this is very modern, trendy and a good new technologies practice ...(no idea where this is going) AMC (see and elaborate Lyras-2000, 2002, 2007)
Foundation # 6- love and hate have the same components- attributes and mechanism (Stern theory)- emotional- cognitive and behavioral (don't remember all the terms of the theory but it makes sense ...it's been a while since I read it)- re-read it and reuse it in this context
Foundation # 7 -.... it's not coming to me....maybe this should be the essence of this foundation. Life has cycles *(I guess), life cycle has different forms (see org change theory 2007/8pub) while I (and any other person) can create principles, best practices, foundations that are grounded in theory and evidence from the field- there should always be an open window for deconstructing everything- reconstructing and regenerating the new- and give space for the unknown....let go- without obsession. If something is meant to be- or if certain foundations are universal and constant in terms of value- time and space (*beyond mind and pre-existing perceptions/ knowledge/assumptions/interpretations) then the same principles will reoccur- the right time at the right place and in a more creative context. Fresh- new- exciting and oestrogonic.....
PS woke up this morning and wanted to write something about the Cyprus conflict- respond to the current situation= momentum, limitations, threats and potential- but ...I could not resist though, the first and big eros/love . I guess the Cyprus problem will not be resolved until I write sometime about it...this can follow the next days (depending on muses and hermes availability)
this is something I've been thinking about for almost a year- and something I've been doing in a different format for more than a decade- thoughts come to me in words, visions, pictures, emotions - non linear, with clarity and abstraction (at least to me). Such thoughts are often lost in translation or ...lost in space (guess- might be where they come from)
writing without thinking- often leads to expressions, realizations that are hard to be captured in structured- well thought and reflected sentences or statements.
soooo what? This this unedited with typos session- I will try to stay committed for at least ...no commitment or structure- let it flow....
scope? just expression- wherever it goes
ok ..maybe p[ut all these pieces together and reorganize them in a meaningful way
why- calling to my muses (open call - highspeed wifi preferred)
keep it small- 30 minutes? like running- step at a time (get a life)_ no sport in this context...ok!
small chunks of thinking- step at a time...
ok theme? warming up with no theme is not a bad idea- and as you go through this just listen to what it comes. sooo
Oistros- oistros (look it up on greek fat wedding fact finding) is a greek word and is related with fertility, creativity and ecstatic expressions (emotional, social, cognitive, spiritual....daahhh...physical) * see what happens if you get toooooo engaged with concepts and academic jargon?
k why oistros- just got back from boston (loved it) ...(to the point?) yes- woke up one night 4-5 am and was soooo happy and excited that I finally found a greeeeekkk worrddd that capture an english term and definition (the other way round ..no greek fat wedding here) sooo oistros is a word that can more accuretely capture the meaning of "peak experiences" (Malsow) , flow and optimal moments (ok with maslow now,,,get thiiiis right:-)...Csicksentmihiyali)- both concepts with significant theoretical foundations and implications in positivist and humanistic psychology (used by Lyras SFTD) really?...) as the main platforms and pathways of peacebuilding, engagement- community building, conflict transformation and - personal, social, communal transendnece (no orgies please)
Malsow defined that peak experiences naturally high moments (no drugs, substances allowed) where the mankind feels totally connected with self- *getting too academic warning***** ok I'll stop...
nope-go back to it... so peak experiences are emotional, phyisical and cognitive ecstatic moments (sometimes in low - sometimes high in intensity- frequency and ...outcome. Soooo what?
Foundation 1 (getting linear?) nope---- so peak experiences are the sensors and the pathway of personal (social- societal etc...dont get tooo far) transcendence. (also see conditions and stages of transcendence)
Foundation 2 Transcendence (got it right this time) is the pathway of human growth and evolution (personal, bla bla bla spiritual etc) ok might be important to define it to see if it makes sense...emotional, cognitive, physcical, personal, spiritual, intra- and inter-personal, intra and intergroup (growth and transcendence)- (...ok it makes sense- if we apply this in a peacebuulding and conflict transformation context)..(key words for reorganizing - memory recollection later on: Stern WIsdom theory= AMC-Lyras_Aristoteles virtues/ethics/happiness/eudemonia...and of course- there you gooooooo;-)
sooooo while greeks are lost (or myself in my ignorance)...in centuries- ignoring the context of anapsihis and oistrou (personal and societal)- Oistros- has origins of happiness (eudaimonia) kai anapsihis (trancendence) - used by humanistic psychologists to conceptualize, explain and describe foundations for human development - and more importantly- utlize this context (mechanism, goals, structures and systems) for the advancement of Innovation (person-culture-society) see Stern-Csick System's approacH)....so what?
Understanding oistros and the linkages between the meaning of this powerful word (Kosti thans for the word by the way:-),,,with modern literature and body of knowledge (social psychology and humanistic psyc) can potentially guide us (I am sure- I used potentially since I was puullllled by my academic "hat") foundations that can improve human conditions (happiness close to personal psychic and aligned with cosmic) systemic and systematic educational and societal reform that can embrace innovation, creativity and problem solving (expressed in investment in knowledge economy, entrepreneurship, innovation, renaissance, problem solving - which is the foundation of conflict transformation (if committed to this) (note: use this paragraph to elaborate on the implications bw theory building theory testing- Plato Vs Aristotle- ideas Vs actions- metaphysics Vs Epistimologia)
tooo long (connect this with AMC, Finding your element- Plato's perfect society- titles-power Aristotle's perfect friendship) - educational setting and implications...
ok I should stop- like marathon run practicing- stay short- and keep coming back...ok I got another one...(cant resist)
oistros (peak experiences and flow) is connected with fertility (ideas, humans etc) feminine (need more of this and less of the obsessed girls/women only gendddderrrrr stuties movement) balanced with male (macho one--- its okkke with respect)...to generate ideas. Secondly- Oistros, as a concept ...forgot what I wanted to say...ok - muses might have a reason for going away- ...Makes more sense why global peace require the- essential (I guess) presence of more women that ARE feminine that are capable to deal with male (energy wise) and vise versa...so no more gender- girl only - and mislead feminine movements) ouch- did I say something politically incorrect ? (itss oke-) let's learn to balance yin-yang, male and feminine, positive with negative, conflict and its transformation ( I am sure this is not new knowledge- hermes (et al) talked about this thousands of years ago (there yiouuuu gooo) #greekfatweeddingfactfinding
post it...will get back to it tomorrow- goal- synthesize all pieces in 2-3 months from now- try to reorganize and publish
Disclaimer: if it does not make sense to you..its oke - will make more sense after we complete this project (next steps reminder_ AMC- flaws and threats of social innovation, peace and development frameworks- systemic approach- neuroscience and peak experience addiction for a purpose)
Where: MIT @ Sidney Pacific Courtyard (70 Pacific Street, Cambridge, MA 02139)
Time: 1:00-5:00 pm
Saturday April 18th Ancient Marathon-Boston Marathon Symposium
After our very successful and inspiring events in 2014, we aim to institutionalize an Annual Ancient Marathon-Boston Marathon Symposium featuring a global panel reflecting on the Marathonism, Hellenism, Olympism and Stylianos Kyriakides as both an idea and ajourney of a peaceful warrior. From Marathon to Athens, from Hopkinton to Boston; Pheidippides, Louis, Kelley, Kyriakides. Come and learn about Victory (or Nike), and the inspirations that derive from the epitome of all athletic struggles, the Marathon, which happens to be one of the most historic sport traditions in Boston. A panel of experts will offer a rich discussion around Marathonism, Hellenism, Olympism and Stylianos Kyriakides legacy- and how these concepts can serve as platform for hope, inspiration, innovation and humanity.
Where: Harvard @10 Akron street (West), Cambridge, MA
For information about our last year’s Symposium click here.
Sunday April 19th Homer for Humanity Workshop and SailingGiven the current economic recession in Greece, Olympism4Humanity Allianceis initiating a venture called Hellenic Odyssey for Preservation and Enlightenment (HOPE). Our vision is to create a Pan-Hellenic global consortium that will serve as a social capital platform for promoting innovation, inspiration, civic engagement, cross-cultural dialogue, and social entrepreneurship. HOPEtargets the resolution of local social challenges such as unemployment, antisocial behavior, bullying and aggression, academic/school drop out, inter-group intolerance, social isolation and disengagement.HOPEaims to recruit, inspire and support committed entrepreneurs with ongoing mentoring; cultural and educational exchange programs; heritage preservation initiatives; capacity building, civic engagement, and social entrepreneurship ventures. HOPE will provide unique opportunities to preserve and utilize the core Hellenic virtues and heritage in the modern world and to support, inspire and equip Hellenes and Philhellenes to become socially engaged individuals that embrace innovation, youth development and social transformation in their respective communities. Join us in making three steps of HOPE.
Steps of HOPE: Hellenic Odyssey of Preservation and Enlightenment
Where: MIT @ Stata Outdoor Amphitheater (building 32)
HOPEStep 1 @1:3o pm: Lecture by a recent Harvard PhD (2015) in Comparative Literature, Dr. Guy Smoot will analyze Ancient Greek heroes, aspects of chariot racing in Homer’s Iliad and what could arguably be the earliest allusion ever in Greek literature to the creation of the Olympic Games in the 8th century B.C.E.
HOPEStep 2 @2:30 pm: Workshop on HOPE virtues, inspirations and applications in the modern world
HOPEStep 3 @3:3o pm: Odyssey and sailing with winds of HOPE
Monday April 20thBoston Marathon OutingWe will be offering an outing to the finish line of the marathon, on Monday, April 20 (Patriots Day), departing from 10 Akron at 10am. We plan to use hubway bikes and/or the T as needed. Please check the security recommendations from the Boston Athletic Association here.