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Charles van der Haegen
Works at ZERI Foundation
Attended ULBrussels
Lives in Grez-Doiceau, Belgium
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My Saturday readings.
My mind wanders:
What does it take for Good People (Yes People are Good - That's my Belief)  to escape the Institutional/technological lock-ins in which they are caught...
I believe it can only be done by consciousness raising (Robert Kegan's "Fifth Order of Consciousness".)
With Mary Catherine Bateson I do believe there's a role here for older people.
Einstein famously said: "We cannot solve the intractable problems of our time using the same way of thinking that has created them"

This thinking comes from  Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi. Their last book - of which I got an early copy is entitled:  "The Systems View of Life -  A Unifying Vision"
That's what we need.
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A Must read, and a must view.
There's a way out of the Institutional/technological Lock-ins we are prisoners of. If only we start to perceiving life fundamentally differently... and start becoming the change wa all want to see in the World
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The walk to true democracy is unspoppable

This gives me hope...
With Hope everything is possible
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Gained hope in 2008 in USA, Oman, Belgium and Finland - and never lost since then (even though some dips along the way, quite deep ones I have to say)
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How did we get caught in these kinds of absurd, yet, very serious situations?
Read Fritjof Capra's "Turning Point", he points out that our thinking, and corresponding behavior,  is failing us...

How many schools/universities expose their students to the understanding the nature of Life, extending it to the human dimension,  which lead to the understanding of mind and consciousness?
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I am without voice, and my head full of questions, when I read this story...
It brings me to a point where I am tempted to abandon hope.
But then, I just recall Vaclav Havel's words:

"Isn't it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity."
Vaclav Havel
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What will it take to make people aware of the situation we are in.
I rarely look at television. Yesterday though, I watched, almost by chance, the news covering the results of a the seminal cycling race Paris-Roubaix, one of the oldest in the World.
Immediately thereafter a brief video was shown of carefree Paris people celebrating the end of the "Tour de France" on 28th July 2014.  The first World War started a week later
by Ellen Brown Writer, Dandelion Salad The Web of Debt Blog April 13, 2014 Taxpayers are paying billions of dollars for a swindle pulled off by the world’s biggest banks, using a form of derivative...
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Read  this, and think twice, it is possible to be immensely more happy and valued, if only we would change our ways of thinking, about life and its values; about what we are, and about what it is to be human
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The most incredible "plea" I ever heard, on a subject where so much non sense has been said
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Web's inventor warns neutrality under sustained attack from governments and corporations
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Thank you Giorgio Bertini... What an extraordinaru experience to hear Einstein explain, in a radio presentation hear his extraordinary voice and accent, a reasoning leading to this conclusion:

Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem–in my opinion–to characterize our age. If we desire sincerely and passionately for the safety, the welfare, and the free development of the talents of all men, we shall not be in want of the means to approach such a state. Even if only a small part of mankind strives for such goals, their superiority will prove itself in the long run.
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Here's an extraordinary recording of Albert Einstein from the fall of 1941, reading a full-length essay in English: The essay is called 'The Common Language of Science.' It was recorded in September of 1941 as a radio address to the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
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Action Researcher
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  • ZERI Foundation
    Future Society Entrepreneur, present
  • Cities as Forces for Good
    Impossibility Sherpa, present
  • Comind-Europe
    Action Researcher, present
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Grez-Doiceau, Belgium
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Antwerp, Belgium - Netherlans
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A Grandfather on a mission, helping people reach impossible heights, take on intractable problems
Introduction

I am a grandfather of an immensely inspiring family built thanks to the most beautiful, generous and energetic wife on earth. I was in charge of satisfying my family's mundane needs (what does "mundane needs" mean, for me, for you?... we can exchange about that). So I was for 30 years a business entrepreneur, roller coasting between success and failure. A bit less than 10 years ago I got an opportunity to stop and reflect. I digged into the theories behind what I had been doing. I discovered how wrong I had most of the time been, 30 years long. Today I am still amidst this transdisciplinary quest, bouncing back and forth from action to theory.

With partners I founded Comind, in 2005. We try to help organizations and institutions (and the people in them), throughout Europe, to adapt to an incredibly fast changing world.  I believe in the power of conversation and dialogue. I try hard to listen to, accept and understand diverse and plural perspectives and rationalities. I believe in people's inborn capacity to be immensely systems intelligent.  I am convinced that learning starts with trust and connectivity. And that learning then goes on with the gaining of insights and understanding, leading to new knowledge that is integrated in new practices, further  developed in new action in a endless, positive spiral of learning. Learning takes place only in social action. Creativity and innovation emerges more powerfully when groups comprise a greater variety and when they  compound their interconnectiveness in ever changing and richer networks.

Education
  • ULBrussels
    Business & Engineering, 1963 - 1969
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