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March / April 2022

Editor's Note

Dear reader,

Everything we think is the truth can just as easily be an assumption, being disproven by science, journalists, friends or events. But what is reality anyway? It’s just our brain looking for patterns to create the illusion we call reality. We all suffer from Apophenia, seeing meaningful patterns in randomness, but this is also a wonderful creative feature of our brain. It’s why we see faces in clouds, rocks and trees. We also see Jesus in toast, believe the earth is flat and everyone who thinks differently must be crazy.

I love Apophenia, creating meaning out of randomness is wonderful... but, don’t let it seduce you into thinking you know what is real.

We hope you enjoy this month's issue.

Warm regards from Blue Sky Republic,

Arne and Maarten

"The story of Sabine Oertelt-Prigione" 

Creative Leadership Podcast with Arne Van Oosterom
Sabine Oertelt-Prigione is a Professor of sex and gender-sensitive medicine. She is a born change maker and a migrant. Discover her story through this podcast episode. 
Discover the story of Sabine

"The myth of influencers — how (behaviour) change really spreads" 

Article by Maarten Jurriaanse, for Blue Sky Republic Publication 
In my work as (service) designer I’ve always struggled with the paradox of scale: how do you create meaningful interactions with large numbers of people? Something strange happens in organisations when the populations they aim to communicate with, exceeds the size of an auditorium. They appear to give up the idea of human relationship building — empathy, love, curiosity, smell, rhythm, synchronicity etc. no longer apply. Instead the focus shifts to distribution. Especially among marketeers, words like ‘exposure’, ‘targeting’ ‘positioning’, ‘total market reach’ etc. take over and the audience becomes a ‘they’-abstraction. Empathising with an individual is already difficult, with a roomful is even harder, let alone a group that doesn’t fit an auditorium. This post is skewed by one book occupying my thinking at the moment....
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"The Surprising Secret of Synchronization"

Video by Veritasium Channel
From London Millennium Bridge's wobbly beginnings to friendly fireflies flashing unitedly in South East Asia, as well as in-sync pendulum clocks from the 17th century and the orbit of Jupiter's moons, this video observes the magic of synchronization and shows how order spontaneously arise out of chaos.

"Can Emergence be our Saving Grace?" 

Article by Anna Katharina Schaffner

Why does the concept of emergence resonate with so many of us, at this particular historical moment, and in so many different spheres of activity? Emergence is not just a widely researched topic in biology right now, but attracts attention in many other domains, too. Most notably, it has captured the imagination of different tribes of world changers – political and environmental activists, system and complexity theorists, and many other pathfinders who wish to bring about social change at scale. It resides at the heart of the Emerge movement, and it informs numerous other networks, too. In fact, a commitment to the belief in emergence as a theory and practice of social change seems to be the nexus that unites many initiatives in the wider ecosystem, including in the metamodernist, game-B, political, environmental and various spiritual communities. But what is so great about emergence? What is its core appeal? And are there any caveats?
Learn more about emergence
"Wearable Tracy - And Connections Forged Through Funky Hats"
Film by Emily McAllister / Text by Rachel Syme

One day in May of 2017, a woman named Lee Kim got a Facebook notification alerting her that it was her friend Tracy Brandenburg’s birthday. Kim, who lives in the leafy Bronx neighborhood of Edgewater Park and works designing conference experiences at Pfizer, suddenly felt awful. She had forgotten to get Tracy a gift or a card or even to give her a courtesy call. Kim didn’t want to make one of the minimal online gestures that can pass for well-wishing in the age of social media—send a text, jot down a timeline post, or simply press “like” and move on. Instead, she wanted to do something grand, an effortful gesture that would tell Brandenburg that she was not only remembered but cherished.

Enjoy the story of Wearable Tracy
"The Hidden Life of Trees"
Book by Peter Wohlleben

In The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben makes the case that the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers.
Check out the book

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