This paper explores the different elements of mind, knowledge, philosophies and theories that contribute in having a framework that facilitates me realize my role in a society. Possibilities of making use of the available resources, contributing to the present and the future are also discussed. From this, my external interactions for knowledge brokering and internal composition for skill balance are examined from learning and innovation viewpoints.
Keywords: Conceptual framework, oneness, global citizenship.
A conceptual framework is a coherent system of interrelated objectives and fundamentals . My framework aims at establishing myself as a global citizen. This motivates me to go to many places to seek knowledge and share what I learned. It is important that the different elements that contribute to a framework complement each other and have no conflicts between their ideologies. When an individual or a society develops, this improvement should be a constructive growth. A destructive growth is when a society moves forward while impoverishing a different community of people. History has seen different types of political ideologies. Though a majority of them aimed at collective improvement, most of the governments and political structures resulted in favoring one set of the citizens while leaving behind the rest. With an understanding of different government strategies, scientific theories and concepts from various religions, we can understand and learn how societies have evolved and what we can do to improve them and our own selves.
System: A multitudinous view
A system of thoughts, a system of believes, a system of culture and innumerable more systems that consist of human participation, humans of different kind, is vulnerable to disintegration. The force that can hold these systems together evolves when there is a deep appreciation and respect for each others’ believes. When this force evolves, the next step in promoting growth is having a goal that may not necessarily be the same, but similar. The views for oneness and global integration are the same. When we share a common goal to unify and improve with everyone, an integrated growth becomes possible.
Learning and knowledge:
The fundamental building blocks for learning pertain to perception, imagination, and action . Reflective learning and active experimentation prescribes the outcome of an innovation effort. The four phases of the learning process—experiencing, reflecting, thinking, and acting go hand in hand with both the grasping experience and transforming experience into knowledge. Knowledge creation and conversion links individuals and transfers individual learning through four modes of conversion namely socialization, externalization, combination and internalization .
Four modes of knowledge Conversion:
The four modes of knowledge transfer play a vital role in how different members of a group of people interact. It establishes an advanced way social interaction and melioration.
a. Socialization, which is a process of sharing mental models and skills between people.
b. Externalization, which is a process of codifying the knowledge at the group and community levels.
c. Combination, which is the cross-leveling knowledge phase, where an individual shares knowledge both intra- and inter-societal.
d. Internalization, which is embodying the explicit knowledge to tacit knowledge between the group members.
Self-determination and codetermination:
With self-determination, the practitioner helps interaction between the individual and his social environment with a continuing awareness of the reciprocal effects of one upon the other. Any effort to transform self-determination to a concept that reflects the reciprocal effects between self and others must involve a worldview transformation as well – divided whole to undivided whole and the assumption of interdependence between all entities. By adopting the term codetermination as one of the core values of a group of people, social work would have to shift its primary concern from the individual to the interdependence of individuals in society . Individuals would be able to actively facilitate self-organizing emergence in the direction of far from equilibrium social functioning and advocate for individuals and the societies they live in to jointly assume their collective responsibilities to all citizens.
A focus that is relationship centered:
Everything has become “something centered”, people-centered, task-centered, client-centered and so on. Yet the new science has found that there are no building blocks or discrete units; there are only relationships. Fuller (1975) conceptualized it nicely; “the existence of self and otherness entities depends on their relationship to one another” . For any work towards the betterment of the world to fully transform to a relationship-centered act, common citizens would need to become more familiar with the relationship discoveries. Instead of remaining tied to the entity-centered legacy of a mechanical 'building block" view, a new view will be fostered that is more akin to a web of relationships between the constituent elements of a unified whole.
Individuals are essentially different from each other and society had an obligation to help individuals overcome or prevent obstacles that got in the way of this unique and different self-realization. By having a primary concern for the individuals, it does not acknowledge the deep and reciprocal interconnectedness between individual freedom and collective need. This suggests that social work should transform its primary concern from the individual to the individual-collective unit. The significance of this for a society is the awareness that the more we give importance to the individual, the more we have to pay attention to the individual’s relationship with environment. This challenge to our view of individuality as an independent entity and fundamental reality continues to open the door for people to understand individuality as roots to be a cooperative venture taking us to a new kind of holism that will resolve the apparent conflict between individual freedom and collective need.
In adopting a framework, an open mind for reality, an acceptance for a new paradigm and an appreciation for interdependence define how effective and developed our social views are. This in turn reflects on our current position in a world that we want to unify and when these views will materialize to its full potent.
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