One Mind

Shortly after quoting David Bohm on the need to develop a higher collective intelligence, in my blog entry related to Andrew Cohen’s ‘Intersubjective Enlightenment’, I’ve discovered another gem from Bohm. It became yet another source of my inspiration to create a new Learning Expedition, a form of collaborative action research, It would target the conditions of reaching and sustaining higher levels of collective intelligence and wisdom, over time.
In this entry, I share with you both the Bohm quote and the very first articulation of the action research’s general frame, with great curiosity of what you think of both.

I suggest that after reading the quote, below, stop for a moment to contemplate what you will have read.
“At present, people create barriers between each other by their fragmentary thought. Each one operates separately. When these barriers have dissolved, then there arises one mind, where they are all one unit, but each person also retains his or her own individual awareness. That one mind will still exist even when they separate, and when they come together, it will be as if they hadn’t separated. It’s actually a single intelligence that works with people who are moving in relationship with one another. . . . If you had a number of people who really pulled together and worked together in this way, it would be remarkable.”
(That comes from David Bohm, quoted in Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership, by Joseph Jaworski who also published a seminal column on “Tapping into the collective intelligence” in International Herald Tribune that I blogged here.)
The fundamental question of the Learning Expedition that I envision is: How can the practice of occasioning together ‘one mind’ states, become a stable social practice that can be accessed by less and less effort?
I use the term “action research”—in relation to the Learning Expedition—in the sense of“inquiry into realities that are co-created by the mode of enquiry itself”. (Source: Integral Futures, by Richard A. Slaughter). A Learning Expedition should be designed so that its inquiry into the formation of a ‘one mind’ habit can contribute to that formation.
Here’s the very first, bird’s-eye view articulation of our Learning Expedition’s general concept:
The action research will be:

  • Inspired by the “intersubjective enlightenment” teaching of Andrew Cohen, emerging from his long-time commitment to “impersonal evolutionary enlightenment”
  • Guided by the “collective intelligence” theory and model of Professor Pierre Lévy, Canada Research Chair on Collective Intelligence
    Canada Research Chair on Collective Intelligence
  • Instructed by Bohmian principles of reaching one mind through dialogue, which, in turn were inspired by Bohm’s study with Krishnamurti
  • Grounded in appreciation of ancient traditions that honor the wisdom of the circle (.pdf)
    The action research will be designed as to be nourishing and nourished by studies and initiatives that support “one mind,” including:
  • Collective Wisdom Initiative , sponsored by Fetzer Institute
  • Bootstrap Alliance founded by Douglas Engelbart
  • Global Brain Group
  • Co-intelligence Institute, founded by Tom Atlee
  • PeerSpirit , founded Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea
    To qualify for participation in the Learning Expedition, you must be a practitioner of, or at least substantively familiar with, two out of the four fields of knowledge, and two out of the 5 initiatives.

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    3 Responses to One Mind

    1. coolmel says:

      speaking of “One Mind”, i’ve added your blog site to
      i hope you don’t mind.
      btw, your article kicks ass!
      – coolmel


    2. Phil Green says:

      The elitism of “To qualify for participation…” doesn’t seem very one-mind- ish


    3. zack says:

      Collective intelligence and One mind are states of consciousness expressing the Superconducting state of matter, in which “resitance” is nil and transference is instantaneous


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