Om: The Perfection

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“Do you hear?” Vasudeva’s mute gaze asked. Siddhartha nodded.

“Listen better!” Vasudeva whispered.

Siddhartha made an effort to listen better. The image of his father, his own image, the image of his son merged, Kamala’s image also appeared and was dispersed, and the image of Govinda, and other images, and they merged with each other, turned all into the river, headed all, being the river, for the goal, longing, desiring, suffering, and the river’s voice sounded full of yearning, full of burning woe, full of unsatisfiable desire. For the goal, the river was heading, Siddhartha saw it hurrying, the river, which consisted of him and his loved ones and of all people, he had ever seen, all of these waves and waters were hurrying, suffering, towards goals, many goals, the waterfall, the lake, the rapids, the sea, and all goals were reached, and every goal was followed by a new one, and the water turned into vapour and rose to the sky, turned into rain and poured down from the sky, turned into a source, a stream, a river, headed forward once again, flowed on once again. But the longing voice had changed. It still resounded, full of suffering, searching, but other voices joined it, voices of joy and of suffering, good and bad voices, laughing and sad ones, a hundred voices, a thousand voices.

Siddhartha listened. He was now nothing but a listener, completely concentrated on listening, completely empty, he felt, that he had now finished learning to listen. Often before, he had heard all this, these many voices in the river, today it sounded new. Already, he could no longer tell the many voices apart, not the happy ones from the weeping ones, not the ones of children from those of men, they all belonged together, the lamentation of yearning and the laughter of the knowledgeable one, the scream of rage and the moaning of the dying ones, everything was one, everything was intertwined and connected, entangled a thousand times. And everything together, all voices, all goals, all yearning, all suffering, all pleasure, all that was good and evil, all of this together was the world. All of it together was the flow of events, was the music of life. And when Siddhartha was listening attentively to this river, this song of a thousand voices, when he neither listened to the suffering nor the laughter, when he did not tie his soul to any particular voice and submerged his self into it, but when he heard them all, perceived the whole, the oneness, then the great song of the thousand voices consisted of a single word, which was Om: the perfection.

“Do you hear,” Vasudeva’s gaze asked again.

Siddhartha

Herman Hess

When I read this passage, I am amazed at the parallels between Siddhartha’s river and the internet. And the more social networks propagate the more voices the listener hears until he hears only one voice, the perfect “Om” of the global web.

As far as the Six Hats, Six Coats Methodology goes I see six rivers I am gradually trying to merge into one. I have coined the term PerfectionRiver for this goal. And as an analyst and designer, Vasudeva’s whisper, “Listen better!” holds the key to success.

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Rules: The Connecting Tissue

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The nodes for the network graphics are Cause states, Observer states, Energy states, Mass states, Space states and Time states.  To make this more relevant to business we can use the terms Goals, People, Functions, Data, Locations and Events.  The edges that connect the nodes in all the networks are Cause rules, Observer rules, Energy rules, Mass rules, Space rules and Time rules.  Nodes give the system its concepts, while edges give the system context.  States provide extegrity (new term) while Rules provide integrity.

Each of the networks is composed of finite steps between the starting and terminal node called paths, the potential ways of following the rules to perform the steps are called the strategies, the actual strategy followed is called the tactics, the edges operations and the  nodes are states .

Whether you are negotiating Goals, People, Functions, Data, Locations or Events, you have to create and observe the rules to maintain the integrity of the networks.  Goals are connected by Rules, People are connected by Rules, Functions are connected by Rules, Data are connected by Rules, Locations are connected by Rules and Events are connected by Rules.  Even Events (Time) is a network, because we are continuously referring to different clocks in different frames of reference.

All rules have the same characteristics:

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We’ll explore how we will model this for each of the Six Hats, Six Coats networks in a subsequent post.

Now we have the connecting tissue of our networks.  Knowing this, we can embark on a course to model all six networks separately.  Once that is complete we can work on integrating two, three, four, five and finally all six networks into a single set of conventions.

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Atheism: The Brights and The Not So…

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I love this group just for the humour of its name, but also for the impressive roster of members and a clear vision.

The Vision

Persons who have a naturalistic worldview should not be culturally stifled or civically marginalized due to society’s extensive supernaturalism. Rather, they ought to be accepted as fellow citizens and full participants in the cultural and political landscape.

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After the deletion/restoration of the Atheist/Agnostic Group from MySpace, I decided I would become a bright to protest this discrimination.

They can be found at the-brights.net

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Cooperation Studies: A New Story

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Howard Rheingold, introduces a new story regarding how human systems are acting collectively. Cooperation has created entirely new systems with new motives, organization, processes, inventory, geography and tempos. And new technology is becoming a ever more powerful catalyst for cooperation as we are experiencing in smart mobs and wikinomics.

Here’s Howard’s own video on Blip.tv

Here’s Howard’s presentation at the TED 2005 Conference

The Six Hats, Six Coats: A Methodology

 

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I had the chance to have a very rewarding email exchange with John Zachman regarding his framework and mine. John has come out with a new version of his framework which you can find here. A key point is John has confirmed my framework is also a methodology. Below I attempt to lay out the groundwork.

1. All human systems can be viewed as having six networks called “coats”:

  1. Green: Cause (Motive) – the goal network
  2. Blue: Observer (Person) – the social network
  3. Yellow: Energy (Function) – the process network
  4. White: Mass (Data) – the inventory network
  5. Black: Space (Node) – the location network
  6. Red: Time (Event) – the temporal network

 

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2. Each of the coats has six states of development called “hats”:

  1. Green: Revise (Entities) – the conceptual network
  2. Blue: Relate (Relationships) – the contextual network
  3. Yellow: Report (Attributes) – the logical network
  4. White: Record (Constraints) – the physical network
  5. Black: Ready (Definitions) – the spatial network
  6. Red: Regulate (Manipulations) – the temporal network

This gives us the following framework:

 

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3. The Six Hats, Six Coats framework is fixed and consequently a methodology. This is because the Six Hats are fixed by definition and consequently so are the six coats. The following structure:

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Can also be expressed:
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The resulting framework stresses the importance of each of the six coats hierarchically as well as the importance of the six hats hierarchically. It should also be noted that the relationships between the coats are many to many and the relationships between the hats are many to many.

The foundation concept is simple, the coats are the six major parts to a system, while the hats are the six major stages in creating the system.

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Systema: Six Hats, Six Coats vs. Social Networks

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I was just reading here that Bill Gates has dropped his Facebook account. In fact, there is a general downward trend in the membership in Social Networking. Why is this? The primary reason is that social networking (observer) is not a goal (cause) in itself. It never has been.

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If we think about social networking from a systems perspective, observers organize around a particular cause, then energy and mass, space and time networks arrange themselves subsequently. John Zachman is of the opinion that arranging the focuses in any order is the creation of a methodology, however I’ve concluded that there is only one methodology that works. Cause, Observer, Energy, Mass, Space and Time in that order and each is a network in itself.