John Robinson created these limericks during the Wasan Island retreat to capture the key ideas from our conversations. Thank you John!
1. Interdisciplinarity and practice
Sustainability, futures and arts
Are the constituent parts.
Can we combine,
And tread the fine line
Between theory and actual starts?
We all bring a lot to the table
Emergence we want to enable
We almost can see it.
Our goal is to free it
Without any claim that it’s stable.
3. World making
We all want to alter the world.
Our “future” is too tightly furled.
Pasts, futures and presents
Create a rich sense
That world-making’s where meaning is squirreled.
4. Impact and connection
In the end we all want to make change.
But we know that we need a wide range
Of practices and views
So we don’t want to lose
The ongoing need to exchange.
Sustainability’s the goal that we seek
But the answer is hardly unique
It can’t be instructed
but must be constructed.
Emergence’s the golden technique.
6. Multiplicity of Futures
The future’s not one single thing.
Of multiple futures we sing.
The choices between them
Are for us to glean them
Our very best selves we must bring.
If world-making’s the name of the game
We want to avoid being tame.
But are we disruptive
Or just interruptive?
Our thinking should not stay the same.
The three fields provide us a chance
To curate a new kind of dance
But is art being co-opted
Or fully adopted
And disrupting and changing our stance?
And where is agency found?
And how can the art be unbound?
To avoid instrumental
Without going mental
We really must monkey around.
Do we need to speak from the heart,
In order to create any art?
Is it heart vs. head?
Or can we instead,
Find places they are not apart?