A Relational Paradigm...Patterns for Change


Relational Paradigm

Relational Paradigm


          The relational paradigm is a process and a form. It enables an individual or group to know, understand, simulate and act on the reality in which they exist.

POTENTIAL
          The relational identifies individual entities and groups of entities within a structured space and time. It is “balanced” in space and time and it imposes no preconditions on how independent entities will be connected.

PROCESS/FORM
          In the relational paradigm process and form are distinguished but not separated. The process is contained within the form and the form within the process.
The relational acknowledges the existence and recognizes the balance and relationship between both parts of the twofold operators: form/process, hierarchy/network, analog/digital, measure/count, known/random, and space/time.

USER VIEW/WORLD VIEW
          The relational provides a way to map the tangled connections or many-to-many relationships in our environment. It recognizes the connections or world views which already exist and allows multiple world views to exist simultaneously. The user view is a “relationship” of entities in space and time—a combination of the hierarchy and network.

CHANGE
          The relational facilitates rapid construction of alternative world views. It provides a process and a form to communicate, plan, control and execute changes to existing world views. It is re-creational.


AXIOMS OF RELATIONAL PARADIGM

(A Seven-Fold/Eight-Fold Path)

0. AND THEY CAME IN PAIRS

The Void and The One are two.

INFINITE
VOID/ONE
VOID
ONE

INFINITE/VOID

ONE/MANY

MANY
INFINITE/MANY

1. FORM/PROCESS

Without form there is no process.

Without process there is no form.

You can distinguish but not separate the two.

2. HIERARCHY / NETWORK

A complete map requires both a hierarchy and a network.

3. EXPERIENCE / PERCEPTION

You measure and count both space and time to obtain a complete perception.

4. KNOWN / RANDOM

I and thou.

5. ANALOG / DIGITAL

There is always a sequence and a jump.

6. BALANCE / RELATIONSHIP

You jump from balance and experience a relationship.

7. COMPLETION / EMERGENT

What we call the beginning is often the end

And to make an end is to make a beginning.

The end is where we start from.

T. S. Eliot, Little Gidding

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