living cybernetics


radical transdisciplinary approaches for articulating, composing, and designing alternatives to common sense erroneous ideas that are literally killing us.

How Herbert Brün Oriented my Cybernetics (maybe)_

Cybernetic Conversations
Larry Richards 2018

I find three categories for the word conversation useful: a conversation we have with ourselves, a conversation we have with an other, and a conversation we have with society. In each case, the “we” is a role or perspective temporarily taken (Pask’s p-individual). In each case, the dynamic is similar—a back-and-forth interaction in a language starting with an asynchronicity moving toward synchronicity. A conversation I have with myself is a process that generates the experience I call thinking. A conversation I have with an other has social consequences, serving to maintain and create distinctions. A conversation I have with society is limited by my access to the mechanisms that constrain human behavior (laws, systems, media, etc.); this form of conversation is about participation and is potentially available to all through technology. Despite the internet, I find it still a form of conversation available to only a few. It is this prospect in which I am particularly interested—a participative-dialogic society. Other uses of word may be useful in other circumstances—for example, when talking about keeping other alive. — Larry Richards, June 2018

Cybernetic Gatherings in 2017 — Traces Left

Larry Richards and I (Jude Lombardi) decided sometime in 2016 that we would put some energy into matters that might generate information around cybernetic thinking when designing social transformations. [1]

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Throughout 2017 we were able to organize three gatherings on the said topic in three cities. The first meeting was held in March in Urbana IL. (Host, Susan Parenti), the second in July in Detroit MI. (Host, Paul Pangaro), and a third in NYC, in October (Host, Carol Huang).

Traces left from each of the above gatherings are available upon request.

Let us know if you want to host a Cybernetic Gathering. —

[1] See Cybernetic Gathering March 2017 Final Report, Appendix A. Letter of Intent.


Four shorts later, 7 months ago… cyber_conf_logoI started working on a video for the American Society for Cybernetics (ASC) about the 2014 annual conference entitled “Living in Cybernetics.” Since it was the 50th Anniversary of the ASC I felt compelled  to include footage from my 20 years of video taping at ASC meetings.  Here are four 10 minute shorts from the 2 hour documentary that emerged 7 months later. —

At the core of  “living cybernetics” is a conversation by conference participants about “what is cybernetics.” The excerpt includes comments by Ernst von Glasersfeld.

 What is Cybernetics?

This video short includes footage from Ranulph Glanville’s presentation about Living in Cybernetics and how this is relevant to how we act. Vintage footage of Gordan Pask about conversation theory, time and when is a participant is also included in this excerpt.

 Living in Cybernetics

In this ten minute short conference participants discuss how cybernetic ideas, thinking and doing might generate social transformations. This includes vintage footage of Stafford Beer, Herbert Brün, Humberto Maturana and the Performance Workshop Ensemble.

Cybernetic Praxis

This ten minute short features the 2014 conference components and speakers such as Mary Catherine Bateson. It also includes vintage footage of Heinz von Forester on the topic of Management.

 An Introduction

The Movie

Pauline Oliveros and Deep Listening

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