Towards A Science Of Life As Creative Organisms ~ Norm Hirst June 1, 2008
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New mind for New Government By and For the People

New mind for New Government By and For the People

What is happening and how?

Winning, at all costs, to what end?  What mediates such excess, and drive?  The answer is lots of people who care about something other than JUST winning.  When there are people with lots of money who want more of lots of money, when the ends justify the means, we get a fools game like we’ve witnessed in the US Congress.  We can point to that set of events and say how is this happening? 

A world breaking down

Constellations of events have converged to create a world that doesn’t work, a world that breaks down trust, hope, morale and ethics agreements of centuries in the making. For example; rule of law, checks and balances between branches of government, rules against nepotism, no conflict of interest in leadership roles, regulation where the masses are protected against the control of the few (monopolies) control of public air ways (FCC), and communication rights (TV, Radio, Cable and now Internet), Protection of Environment for all (EPA) to name but a few.

Totalitarianism in the making

When there is no one to do the protecting, when the police and military become those in charge with no counter balance of justice or consequence, when leadership is singularly driven by acts of self-aggrandizement, using money, legal minds who can work around the laws, and psychological trickery to manipulate people vulnerable to advertizing, persuasion by distractions, anxieties and fears, then you have what we have today, a totalitarianism in the making.  The people who are participating unwittingly in this making are like fools in play land; US Congressional players with their hands in the pot grabbing what greed wants as the system falls apart.

Becoming a counter balance

Maybe a new idea is to wake up, to re-member – by being an active counter balance, an antidote, to provide energy for new direction, actually, with renewed capacity, to be a government by the people, and for the people.  Can there exist a government such as this?  Even if the American ideal was just that, an experiment in the making, can what was put in place by founding fathers be re-invented with new minds that have deeper understanding of how life works, how consciousness creates structures from spirit of intention, from highest values of inclusion, valuing life-itself as highest value, (inalienable rights)?  To make choices that are life-giving, that grow, not kill, that support, not constrain, that free, not entrap, that create hope, trust, and working together towards what works for the whole good of life-itself in which we all share. 

Growing a New Mind

How this can occur, many here know already, is best exemplified by Open Space Technology.

Harrison Owen put a name to this living process he describes as Open Space Technology. Over twenty years ago, he began to talk of this universal process that goes on in nature, plays out over and over again when certain conditions arrise. People closest to the work to be done, people most impacted by what needs to change, come together, sit in a circle, listen to their own passions and knowing and find ways to act with new awareness. Through listening, being responsible for what needs to happen, plans for actions emerge. Often action begins immediately in times of crisis. Leaders emerge around projects and work to be done. Hearts and minds are changed with new ways of knowing the situation at hand reveal.  Movement towards harmonization happens with no controllers, no force required.

Autognomics: A Meta Knowing of Life-itself

Expanding knowledge of Life-itself through combined empirical and metaphysical research of the practical and theoretical. 

Getting to minimum structures on how Life creates;

self-law, self-organization, connectivity, coherence laws of values & multi-co-relational creativity.

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Transforming the Workplace into a Life Giving Experience by Tess Jette


Six pillars of process that must be maintained to insure a life giving, productive workplace.


I.              Embrace change; it is the essence of life and growth.

II.            Get personal and be present

III.          Work is a privilege and it is creating

IV.          Create a nurturing and sensory rich environment

V.            Love the workers and the workplace before the work

VI.          Make time for community and celebration


It begins with an understanding of the value of each individual as singularly unique and as a significant part of the whole.  It begins with a philosophy that everyone is here for a reason and that there is a reason for every result.  It begins with a desire to create, to be aware, to be involved, to be passionate, to relate, to nurture and to love.  It begins with an act.


Every act contributes uniquely to the makeup of who we are. Recurring results of specific acts become stored data that form our physical and emotional reality.  That reality is confirmed each time an act is repeated and causes a similar effect.  The reality from that act becomes a rule for living that we incorporate into the conceptualization of who we are and what we can expect.   If the act of a child is to reach out for affection and that child is pushed away or abused that child eventually stores the information that reaching out for affection is not an effective act. 


The living being is continuously acting out on its environment. If a person matures cataloging negative results the outcome is an erosion in the trust of oneself to effectively act with positive results.  The reality we begin to form from the moment of the first act, whether it is a conscious memory or not, is the emotional reality that we draw on every day to make decisions.


When a group of people are drawn together in a work environment,   each relates and communicates according to his/her own accumulated set of rules.  They bring with them a singular perception of the world, their value in it and an expected result of how they will be received and treated.  The possibility of ending up in a work environment that includes only people who feel well adjusted, centered, self-assured, confident, and valued is probably zero.  We live in a culture that glorifies technology and we live and work amongst people who have learned to not trust in their own felt sense.  They no longer act from the heart but rather based on the result of information received from external sources, hence the lost of trust in their own “gut” feeling of what is good or bad for them. 

Our first acts are based on instinct. The act is formed from within, from a feeling of pure self-interest, self-motivation or self-protection.  It is only in an environment that allows freedom of action without retribution that each being can truly follow a path that is genuinely true to that being’s sense of self.  Each individual, allowed to test acts without fear, in a trusting environment, is then truly in a place of learning.


The highest and best goal for any manager is to try to create this learning environment.  The only way to achieve this is with trust.  By trust we mean trusting that each person’s activities, creations, ideas and feelings are no less valued than anyone else’s.  One must trust that every person is emotionally and spiritually exactly where they need to be in their life and that you have no control over their unique decisions for themselves.  The role management plays is to serve, to create a safe haven, a trusting environment that allows people to feel.  Once a person truly believes that it is o.k. to feel and express those feelings honestly without fear of injury something wonderful  begins to happen.  You get to know the people you are working with. 



Recent Papers

Value-Intelligence In All Creative Organisms ~ Skye Hirst with Assistance from Norm Hirst. August 2010

Robert Hartman discovered a value intelligence inherent in all life as early as the 1950's but he was ahead of his time.  Now learn how this value lens is formed within and how we can access it using the HVP.

Using the Hartman Value Profile as used in coaching by Hirst she discovers the absolutely unique inner landscape within that each individual has developed, we discover the world of values and value dynamics/intelligence from which we human beings and perhaps all organisms find effective action for life and living.
Published in The Robert S. Hartman Institute Annual Journal CLICK HERE

What People Are Saying

 What I Learned from Norm and Sky Hirst And How It Changed My Life
by Rodney Plimpton

Before I met Norm and Skye I had a pretty good handle on how Life worked, or so I thought.  I had a PhD in Social Psychology from Stanford, had studied Human Potential for Five years with Jean Houston, knew all about stimulus-response and something about cybernetics.  I didn’t consciously realize how much my model of life was based on a popular concoction Darwinism, materialism, elitism, and computer science.

Medicine in a New Key

Conventional medicine is dying ultimately because it is based on an obsolete dominant mechanistic model that does not recognize the coherence of the organism

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho explores how a science of the organism could underpin a new organic medicine that would best serve the nation.

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New organic Way for Medicine

The philosophy of Hans Jonas inform this paper by Schwartz and Wiggins to surmount the mind-body dualism plaguing Western thought. They show us the ways of organism; the difference between inorganic and organic reality and how each being must begin from its own direct experience of life in self and in others; and then how the two meet in the living being.  Since life is ultimately one reality, their theory presents the polarities that must be reintegrated by psyche with soma such that no component of the whole is short-changed, neither the objective nor the subjective.  Here they define the polarities within living beings and the requirements of organisms to live and thrive.



"Life as organisms is process. Life is not a thing." ~ Quote from Life As Creative Organisms by Norm Hirst