"The vitality of thought is an adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them. When the idea is new, its custodians have fervour, live for it, and , if need be, die for it." Alfred North Whitehead
Rivers rule my thinking this morning.
I am on a thinking retreat in the Mangatawhiri Valley (which means "the river in the mist at the end of the trees").
Heraclitus had this thing about change - not standing in the same river twice - is fitting in this context.
We are having a formidable time playing with Celan's "Rivers North of the Future" ideas with some diverse thinkers in the context of gifted and talent education and its connectivity to ICT.
What will the rivers north of the future look like for gifted and talented education? We will never know unless we are bold enough to imagine.
I have woken early so that I can look again at Maturana's ideas on change and relate them to the TDI "innovation" funding.
"What is conserved defines identity. But what is conserved also defines what can change. This is interesting. We are so concerned about change, yet what is most important is what is conserved… politics conserve. Even revolutionaries conserve. All systems only exist as long as there is conservation of that which defines them."--Humberto Maturana, biologist.
Reckon that the flip to this is the realisation that what we change identifies what we keep the same. Ahh... explains why I was so despairing about the MoE's "change initiatives" in gifted education.
Is fortunate that I can play with ideas and have adventures outside of these constraints - can just sense that it is going to be another fascinating thought adventure today ...