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Transdisciplinary: Research-Community-Commerce.

The opulence of my research & the 21st century city demands a dynamic, holistic & cooperative ethic. A research method that celebrates the paradigm shift that is apparent within the western culture in terms of biospheric economy, epistemology. A system that allows me to engage in complexities of living systems, not to shy away from them. feeling overwhelmed by the depth of research, when I lack the understanding, when I am lost in the wed of life, it is within that moment, of “out of controlness”, is when new thinking begins.

My endeavor is to capture many methods of research, “research negotiation”, action lead research, systems thinking approach, encompasses my way of thinking, a system which relates to my experience, knowledge & view of the world. That benefits & excels my future progressive thought. This method is about complexities, systems of interconnections.  This approach enables & encompass the ecological sphere, community sphere, research sphere, commercial sphere. These 4 systems are dominant elements within the city. They are one system, positive and negative feedback loops creates thoughts that vibrate through the butterfly effect, when an act, a thought, and a mindset, can & will change the world. Gregory Bateson would call this “the pattern that connects”. This is my position, my own standpoint. Out of Control.  Out of Control is the nature of the city systems, similar to Rainforest ecosystems, and advanced ecological systems as a whole. These “systems” can not be understood from a linear standpoint, from the pico scale. We need a transdisciplinary approach, whole brain collaboration in research, commerce and community.

Transdisciplinarity Research: The Profoundly Radical Whole.

Approach. There were many ways this research could of been conducted. In a direct, linear & traditional fashion. Research would sit and stay within the research sphere. The research would of been accomplished outside of the institute, interviews, library visits, interventions. The action-lead-research would still been completed, and new knowledge created. This singular view, the cartesian approach which has dominated the science’s throughout, seems to tell us only one half the story. This story of parts and things. To witness the sole of the hive, you can not find it in the anatomy of a honey bee. The anatomy of a honey bee would exhibit the structure and form of the bee, flight knowledge etc. The alphabet can not be fully understood by analysing one of twenty six components, nor by half, 13 components. Both a cartesian & whole approach is important. Right and left thinking enables whole brain collaboration. But this thesis will concentrate on the holistic, subjective, random, wholeness research approach.

Cross-disciplinary, Multidisciplinary, interdisciplinarity are the opposite approach to the cartesian method. Multidisciplinary, Blending the perspectives of several disciplines will ultimately enrich the topic in question. Moreover, our understanding of the topic in terms of its own discipline is deepened by a fertile multidisciplinary approach. The multidisciplinary approach overflows disciplinary boundaries while its goal remains limited to the framework of disciplinary research. Interdisciplinarity In line with a number of works (Porter et al. 2006, p. 3), interdisciplinarity is defined here as a mode of research that integrates concepts or theories, tools or techniques, information or data from different bodies of knowledge. As highlighted by Porter et al. the key concept is ‘knowledge integration’. In order to capture the process of integration in research, we need to investigate two aspects: Diversity: number, balance and degree of difference between the bodies of knowledge concerned; Coherence: the extent that specific topics, concepts, tools, data, etc. used in a research process are related.

Multidisciplinary, interdisciplinarity approach gave birth to a Transdiscipline approach, the trajectory of knowledge. The Transdiscipline it revalues the role of deeply rooted intuition, of imagination, of sensitivity, and of the body in the transmission of knowledge (Nicolescu. B The transdisciplinary evolution of learning)

Transdiscipline seeks to hyper-interconnect, into a sphere of systems,  Therefore a Transdisciplinarity also ” integrates concepts or theories, tools or techniques, information or data from different bodies of knowledge” , as with Interdisciplinarity. but the transdisciplinarity pushes these resources in the, demography, culture and community, social & life systems. On both bios & technos, creating levels of information, systems interacting on a practical & holistic transformation. “Trans” means to go beyond.


Research & Community

This initiative is in partnership with CityCampMCR, MIRIAD, MMU, University of Manchester, The Biospheric Foundation. Tuesday 28th June 09.45 am – 3.00 pm MBS East Lecture Hall A day of skills-based workshops on presentations, media and networking Keynotes Prof. Helen Gunter &  Vincent Walsh.

09.45 – 10.00 Welcome and registration

10.00 – 11.15 Keynote speakers:

Prof Helen Gunter, The University of Manchester

Vincent Walsh, PhD Fellow & MIRIAD, Founder & Director of the Biospheric Foundation & Epoch 6 Urban Research Laboratory.

11.15 – 12.15 – James Duggan, City Camp Manchester

Workshop 1 Presentation skills including presenting in front of a camera 12.15 – 13.15

Lunch break 13.15 – 13.45

Workshop 2 Structuring the pitch 13.45 – 14.15

Workshop 3 Speed pitching 14.15 – 15.00 Pitching to the camera.

Approach 1

The opulence of my research & the 21st century demands a dynamic, holistic & cooperative technique. A research method that celebrates the paradigm shift that is apparent within the western culture in terms of advanced ecological systems, epistemology. A system of complexities created from my own position, my own unique standpoint. How I see the city and the relation to my research methods in the 21st century. My endeavor is to creating a method that encompasses my way of thinking, a system which relates to my experience, knowledge & view of the world. That benefits & excels my future progressive thought. This method is about complexities, systems of interconnections. That encompass ecological sphere, community sphere, research sphere, commercial sphere. Will live in one system, were positive and negative thoughts vibrate through the butterfly effect, where an act, an thoughts and a mindset can & will change the world.

Approach 0

We live in a hyper-interconnected organism, which man calls earth. The earth is a minuscule part of a 13 billion year story, we know as the universe. The National Geographical Publication (The New Universe 2010) showed the complexity, interconnectivity, and visually highlighted the beauty and its out of control-ness that underlines the universe. Our universe is connected to 125 billion Galaxies which exist above and all around us.

Our home-galaxy, the Milky-way is shared with 200 billion stars. Our earth evolved from the most minimal state, to a very complex state over 4.5 billion years. Earth has always been on a slow trajectory of progress. Simple cells organism to complex structures, like fish, reptiles to mammals & humans. This progress of change in the modern world is called Natural Selection. Charles Darwin at 22 years old stepped on the Beagle in 1831. At a time when religion still rule the western hemisphere. Unknown to Darwin this was the start of a intellectual thought provoking trip that outlasted his sea voyage. Darwin began to hypothesize and unravel the mystery of the Natural World. An endeavor lasting 28 years. Now in the modern world, we know that all life is related. The Origin of Species (Darwin. C 1859) and gene science in our modern world, show without doubt that this is the most scientific & probable way to understand our world in the 21st Century.

David Attenborough recent factual documentary (Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life. 2011) showed this inherent story of natural selection, which amplifies the relatedness, interconnectedness and rich diversity in Life. Life is so rich that in just 1.8 billion acres of the south American rainforest, s home to 2.5 million insect species, tens of thousand of trees, 40,000 plant species, 3000 fish species, 2000, birds & mammals species, this intents food web is created by the 500 millions tons of glucose produced via photosynthesis. This is a interconnected biological system. Life is in the business of making life. As viewed in the 9 laws of Gods, “the controlled from the bottom up” (K.KELLY 2004, Pg 469. Out of Control. 1st ed. London: basic Books). Nature has a divine way of relating, connecting, making something out of nothing. It has its own system, a systems that man still only understand a very little, but is also intertwined within it.  As a researcher, I am trying to create my own systems, as William Blake said,  “I must create a system of my own, or be enslaved by another man”.