The concept of this web portal is quite simple: I give myself impossible intellectual challenges to solve, and then put together piece by piece of arguments into a theoretical whole or, at times, the other way around, or a combinatory. The final result is methodologically one way closer to a synthesis, or the other; closer to a decomposition, but in either way – a system criticism. The synthesis of the system criticism consists of putting elements together into wholeness, to improve a bird's-eye perspective on an urgent matter. The decomposition part of the system criticism does the opposite of the synthesis. It belongs methodologically to thought processes, that breaks concepts or wholeness, into parts, to gain a greater understanding of the system in itself. System criticism, at this web portal, is an act of combining these two thought processes cognitively. The joint or overall task of these two thought processes, is to create an inherent coherance, embodied in the system criticism. The choice of either option; a synthesis or a decomposition, is intuitively and organically decided by the author, by asking questions such as: what feels most natural in identifying the characteristics of the problem(s) adressed? What brings the most original twist? Or, what unfolds the concerns of the system analysis most thoughtfully? And finally: what kinds of arguments supports the coherance of the system analysis? Superior to the author's intellectual thought processes is the possibility of – a system change. But, in order to encounter or face this challenge we must collaborate and connect socially. You cannot change a system by yourself solely, nor can I, but a web of us can, and must: it is our utter responsibility as human beings, to save the Planet, to seccur the continuance of societal life on Earth, to restore the Planet's natural ecosystems, and to keep on expressing ourselves and connecting socially through a diverse and fair, open and tolerant, just and inclusive humane culture! Unearth economic equality. Unearth democratic opportunities for marginalized voices. Unearth human compassion. We are all on the same team. Let's endure these challenges together! Be informed. Stay courageous! Connect with others. Get organized! Act in social cohesion. We are changeable! A system change is doable. All is possible when it comes down to radical system changes of our global society!
I run IART Ingrid Katrine Amundsen, which was established in 2009. The webpage; iart.no, was however, created in 2007. I started the web portal to persue fascination for academic writing. The background I have for creating this website is that I am an educated architect (AHO), and human geographer (UiO). (Look at my curriculum vitae in the meny above for more details). In my life and in every case, I try to make a system analysis, and engage in Cathedral Thinking (this will be explained bellow). The ideas of a system analysis is created, when systems and elements are displaced. This is examplified in the illustration bellow the picture of me. Nevertheless, to make a system analysis or system account, obviously makes urgent issues more complicated, and exciting! At this web portal I will try to make complexity easy, thrilling, and make you surfe on comprehensive academic problems! Note: the essays on this web portal is written online, when it says 'work in progress' in the opening of the essay, it is not finished and may have inherent erros. However, when the essay is finished the 'work in progress' phrased is moved. The year the essays are due to be finished, is next to the title of the essays in the meny bar, but this year might be changed, plans might change the order of the essays. The author has tried to keep the essays with similar themes next to each other, if possible. But, some essays are singular and do not have a following essay within the same theme. The essays states my core intellectual interests.
My core interests intelectually is human geography, particularly economic geography, with questions related to social and green justice, evolutionary economic geography, system theory, as well as innovation and art – a system approach (the visual spatial learner's perspective). On this webpage you will find essays, that supports my point of view intelectually, and shows my thrills of engaging in the complexity of urgent issues, whether these are cultural e.g. art and art institutions, the environment such as e.g. wind turbines or arguments against oil drilling, the economy such as proposing alternatives to capitalism, or psychological such as e.g. creativity and compassion.
I am Ingrid Katrine Amundsen and I am a shaker, a mover, an idealistic and creative thinker, that mixes knowledge, different theoretical perspectives; in some instances provokatively, or too outspoken. But, since so many people seems to be satisfied with the status quo and business-as-usual at the Planet, and we are driving in an uncomfortably high speed towards a potential front collision; a profound environmental catastrophe, I am one of the disobedient mediators, that will shake your perceptions on reality, utilize my freedom of speech, through cut to the core social critiscism. I am also here to inspire you to take responsibility and motivate you, and enlighten you and empower you to – act. I am not here to put the blame on someone, but to wake you up, and inspire you to start turning stones, scrutinize and question the nature of urgent societal matters. I am here to encourage you to take your responsibility, as a human being, to get socially connected and collaborate with like-minded or opposites, to strenghten your power and influence through being informed, in order to positively unfold the society's inherent ability to take on a more environmentally friendly stance. And, YES, we are changeable! System changes are upon us whether we like it or not: do not stay passive, but be a part of these thrilling changes: Envision. Be engaging. Inspire others. Imagine a future. Think innovatively. Scrutinize urgent societal matters. Create. Act in social cohesion. Connect wiith others. Collaborate. And, get organized in order to follow and defend your environmental friendly stance!
Methodologically I am particularly interested in radical interdisciplinarity and open science. Radical interdisciplinarity seeks to connect disciplines that are radically different, such as e.g. music and archeology or mathematics and culture. The aim is to bring new insights and create novelties, by connecting unexpected knowledge and strive for diversity.
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, than what is expected in traditional academic writings. As a writer and essayist I thrive in academic 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 academic 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 engeged 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, to 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 connot do this without connectiong 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 existance. Nothing is impossible!
There must be suggested solutions to how radical 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 or 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, into regulatory practices. In order to be part of these intriguing system changes, we must not allow obstructions 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 support, of any political agenda. My advice for you is to find the political voice that will support your environmental ambitions, whether this political program is on the left, centre or right side of the political scale. But, do use your vote!
Whatever way you may find fitting to canalize your engagement; for the environment, your engagement is needed, as an inspiration for others, and in order to make radical environmental system changes, to happen! The most important message is, do not sit on the fence, get organized with others, act right now and – act in social cohesion!
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