Integrative Leadership Framework

Synthesis of Cultural Complexification

Rachel Lene Andersen

Integrative Leadership Framework 2: Synthesis of Cultural Complexification

Affordance:

  • Cultural Codes   
  • Benefits   
  • Pitfalls   
GENERATIVE
  • Indigenous
  • Egalitarian
  • Order vs chaos
  • Magical
  • Pragmatic
  • Belief
  • Myth
  • Family/Clan
  • Given
  • Circular understanding
  • Spirits are everywhere & uphold order in the world
  • Play throughout life / Music and song / Intimacy and bonding / Spirituality / Circularity / Connectedness to nature
  • Tribalism
CONTEMPLATIVE
  • Traditional / Pre-modern
  • Patriarchy
  • Hierarchical
  • Religious
  • Dogmatic
  • Faith
  • Truth
  • Town/City
  • Unified
  • Linear understanding
  • God(s) interfere(s) with the world and human life
  • Axial age religions / Existential meaning-making & beauty / Organising a collective around an idea, responsibility & working for it
  • Fundamentalism / authoritarianism / totalitarianism / institutionalized violence
INFORMATIVE
  • Modern
  • Egalitarian
  • Democratic
  • Secular
  • Doubting
  • Science
  • Facts
  • Nation
  • Unifying
  • Newtonian Cause & Effect Understanding
  • Physical world only
  • Liberal democracy / nation state / Modern medicine / modern education / modern technology / Freedom of speech / freedom of assembly / freedom of conscience / freedom of religion / freedom of movement / equal opportunity for women and men
  • National chauvinism, communism, Marxism, fascism, Nazism, Scientism, Nihilism (diminishment of inner meaning and feeling)
TRANSFORMATIVE
  • Post-modern
  • Ad-hoc
  • Chaotic
  • Feeling
  • Irony
  • Information
  • Identity/Feelings
  • No Boundaries
  • Deconstruction
  • Relativizing understanding
  • Individual reality and McBuddhism
  • Constant outside perspective / Scrutinizes and deconstructs any cultural phenomenon / Critique, perspective taking, bias exposure, discussion, and keeping an ironic distance / Contextual sensitivity.
  • Relativism / Subjectivism / Hyper-emotionalism / Anti-intellectualism / Identity politics / Post-truth cyberwar/netwar / ‘Wokism’/cancel culture / No defence against Surveillance capitalism
REGENERATIVE
  • Meta-modern
  • Multi-layered
  • Network
  • Relational
  • Seeking
  • Knowledge
  • Combining
  • Global
  • Creating
  • Network understanding
  • Openness toward different kinds of reality depending on context
  • Systems perspective / navigating Complexity / Networks of meaning inclusive of each code
  • Combining the pitfalls of the other four cultural codes, advancing the worst of each cultural code

Sources

The synthesis of worldviews  Andersen (2019).

Further Reading

Andersen, R. L. (2019). Metamodernity: Meaning and hope in a complex world. Nordic Bildung.

 

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