Posts Tagged ‘Ideation’

Objectives @ The Doctor’s Den

One of the key aspects of a long-term strategy is effective examination and determination of objectives. This is the role of the organization waystation in the strategic framework and is essential for successful implementation of multiple operations in attaining manifestation of will.

But what are objectives? They are, first and foremost, a discussion of how to make the world align with your vision. Or perhaps how the world should or could be.  This discussion includes an examination of what potential actions need to take place for that to happen.

So it is, in essence, an attempt to establish what others may seek to do in relation to your objectives. How the resources and energy may potentially be used and the cost of that use in relation to other objectives. And how doctrine, as a value system, acts to determine the spectrum of acceptable actions and fears that may mitigate action.

This will allow for determination of tactics that will, hopefully, attain the goals set in the operative stage of strategy.

The Doctor’s Den S01E05: Ideational Waystations

We close out our discussion of ideation with an examination of the four waystations (steps) that are inherent to the ideational stage of a power process.

It is important for me to point out that these videos are a glimpse into the greater ideational questions inherent to power. They do not, and cannot, cover the totality of decision-making, identity building, value development, sensory system/intelligence systems, information analysis, ideational integration, etc.

There are people who spend their whole lives researching small parts of these and much more as we try to understand ideation, strategy, and power.

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Ideas, Ideation, and The Cloud of Ideas

Dr. D. Light presents another chapter in the Theory of Everything.

Ideas, Ideation, and the Cloud of Ideas – A basis for analysis and understanding. In which Dr. D. Light waxes philosophical about ideas, calls them parasites, suggests they control us, argues that we can examine them in any unit – big or small…

Mashing together any number of theories he discusses parasitic ideas, Ideational Hierarchies, and the Cloud of Ideas…

(apologies again for the poor editing)


Up next – Time, Space, and Energy


Clashing Ideas and Our Constantly Changing World

The ebb and flow of history does not revolve solely around the material power of states. Nor is it exclusively the purview of institutions. And it is not based entirely on identity or anarchy. Instead it is about ideas and how those ideas are translated into actions. From the rise and fall of empires and the crusades through the Renaissance and Reformation, the American and French Revolutions, Socialism, Communism, Fascism, Democracy, the Cold War, Fundamentalism and many of the revolutions we are experiencing today, ideas, and the many perspectives and ideologies on those ideas, have been the motivation for interstate, state and substate groups’ formations and interactions.

Ideas seem to be even more relevant today as technology and education have given the masses greater access and participation in the creation and assertion of the place for ideas in world politics.

This paper argues for a new paradigm (though based in a neo-classical realist perspective) in which ideation is used as the means of understanding the double helix of the many existing political paradigms. Essentially that ideas act as a separate but unifying influence on political relations. It suggests that ideas, rather than being a separate level to research, are part and parcel to all levels and streams of political interaction and thought. It is, essentially, shared ideas that allow individual, state and systemic actors to create relationships and relations, interact with each other, gain support and garner the energy necessary for an idea to be influential enough to materialize as action.

Understanding the role of ideas allows us to better analyze the ramifications of systemic, subsystemic, national and local change. It is possible, by examining ideas as the motivation for change, to identify primary conflict lines; the leaders and followers within a conflict; the different structures that have formed; and how these conflicts have led some to protect the status-quo while others seek to revise it at all levels.   As the influence and role of ideas is better understood it may have significant impact on strategic planning as well as future research.

This paper is a further edit of a previous work – my work in progress as it were.

To read the draft paper, click: Ideation and Power.

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