IART Ingrid Katrine Amundsen /
Methodologically I am particularly interested in radical interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, and open science. While radical interdisciplinarity seeks to connect disciplines that are radically different, such as e.g. music and archeology or mathematics and culture, transdisciplinarity seeks to integrate knowledge in holistic perspectives, in an otherwise fragmented and incomplete global society. The aim is to bring new insights and create novelties, by connecting unexpected knowledge and strive for diversity, and inclusiveness. More importantly you should look into transdiciplinary approaches, to get an even more exciting perspective and holistic approach.
Furthermore, open science seeks to democratizise knowledge and to reach a broader audience. This can be seen in the language on my website, which is more colourful and visionary, than what is expected in traditional academic writings. As a writer and essayist I thrive in intellectual writings that exceeds the fixed box, and makes a system account. The fixed box represents the learnings gained by being handed over to us from academic textbooks of theory and methodology.
As well as the radical interdisciplinarity and the open science approach, the author takes a visual spatial move or holistic stance, towards deciphering intellectual challenges, to seek a system understanding. It is however in the nature of human beings to be creative, intuitive and flexible and contest their given limits, such as the fixed box. To change the world we must indeed exceed our limits! So that, hopefully, we can hand over the Earth in a more humane and equal, democratic, fairer, as well as in a more balanced state climatically and ecologically, to the next generation.
In order to accomplish these challenging system changes, we must exceed the fixed boxes we have created for knowledge, whether it is the fixed box of theory and methodology academically, the white cube in the domain of culture, or the spatial container in architecture.
To adress urgent matters from a system perspective the author; as mentioned, utilize synthesis and decomposition to understand the complexities of systems, and to criticise these systems. Another way of explaining this approach is that it is a visual spatial approach. Visual spatial learners, are engaged in wholeness and holistic points of views, to understand comprehensive societal patterns.
By this joint bird's-eye perspective, it is fundamental to the creative, intuitive and idealistic thinker; as the author, to at first try to understand the system, then make a system analysis, and finally to criticise it, in order to change the system. In addition, cathedral thinking is another holistic approach. Cathedral thinking ties together thinking, concepts and visions about a greater task; such as building a cathedral, to long-term action. This superior task is doable through social collaboration or social cohesion, based on common beliefs and visions. Cathedral thinking seeks to; in collaboration, create something larger than ourselves, such as saving the planet we are at.
System criticism, the bird's-eye perspective, the visual spatial approach and cathedral thinking, are all fundamental in understanding the complexities of urgent societal matters, and how to make long-term plans for action, that will lead us to accomplishing our goals. And, as uttered, in order to reach our superior goals, such as to save the planet, we cannot do this without connecting socially, collaborate and organize ourselves. However, when urgent matters seems to challenging or to complex to handle or grasp, remember that humanity has overcome strenueous tasks together, in the force of acting jointly, before we came into existence. Nothing is impossible!
There must be suggested solutions to how radical and transdisciplinary system changes can be approached too. The solution to create system changes is most of all to contest the given rules of our societal organizations and institutions, such as by e.g. freedom of speech, civil disobedience, and the freedom and, resistance, expressed through the Avant-garde's and the artists' works of art. But, the key to environmental system change, is to get organized with others, and to act in social cohesion. But, also to engage in political activities that can turn ideas into actions, which eventually will bring foorth new regulatory practices. In order to be part of these intriguing system changes, we must not allow obstructions to slow down our mindset and vitality, but search for opportunities and solutions, in the present or ahead of us. But most of all, we must take responsibility as human beings and, indeed, exceed our limitations. It is, however, fundamental to fight against buissiness-as-usual, societal inertia (resistance to change), and conservative forces, as well as the familiar trap – status guo.
My expressions on this web portal and in national and local elections, are not tied to a specific political agenda, but tied to the politicians that will make the most out of our votes; in their political position, in order to save our planet. And, my expressions on this web portal is free from any economic support, or political agenda.
My advice for you, is to find the political voice that will support your societal and environmental ambitions, whether this political program is on the left, the centre or at the right side of the political scale. But, do use your vote! Whatever way you may find fitting to canalize your engagement; for the environment or injustice, your engagement is needed, as an inspiration for others, and in order to make radical and transdisciplinary societal and environmental system changes, happen! The most important message is, do not sit on the fence, get organized with others, act right now, inspire and be inspired, but most of all – act in social cohesion!