Relationship to Place

Guest Blogger: Cherie Beck

Wow.   Thanks [Anonymous].  Your writing and inquiry has been calling to me … As you express “place” as the city, the city expresses itself (through me) as “place” via an impulse of human will to which I respond with Yes.

What comes up in me, as we notice and acknowledge the city, the city notices and acknowledges us. The concept of relationship steps forward as an important aspect of developing as city-zens. Our relationship with place is as fundamental as relationship with mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, friends and foes. Like all relationship is integral with the self and in this moment, my understanding and awareness of the concept of “integral” expands.

What a gift.  Thank you.

Secondarily, I acknowledge that notion and identification of location is critical.  We have maps, symbols, language, resources which help locate ourselves IN the city, and a few for locations ON and AS the city (obviously Integral City frameworks point in this direction).

Lastly, I notice the tagging of conscious business as one of the primary spaces of Ellen’s Lifemap technology.  What I am most curious about is the re-engineering of society where such vocation is lived consciously as work/contribution to the I/We/It of the human hive, where business is only one possibility, one structure. Where “jobs” are created, expressed and returned in terms of functions, needs/desires and location of our relationship with place.

This blog series continues a celebration of the launch of Book 2 in the Integral City Book Series: Integral City Inquiry & Action: Designing Impact for the Human Hive.

In this blog series, Guest Bloggers from the Integral City Community of Practice explore how each is living the practices of Placecaring & Placemaking.

The series includes:

Integral City Community Practise Placecaring and Placemaking

Finding Bearings about Place

An Intuitive Walk Through Amsterdam

Relationship to Place

Finding the Right Place

How is Your City Your Habitat?

Searching for our Right Place

Post Script: Sorting into Birth Order as Right Place

From Home Base to New Place and Back Again

About the Author:

HI I am the Founder of Integral City Meshworks Inc. and Chief Blogger. Working with cities and eco-regions, I ‘meshwork’ or weave people, purpose, priorities, profits, programs and processes to align contexts, grow capacity and develop strategies for sustainability and resilience in the Integral City. You can read more details about me here http://integralcity.com/about/about-the-founder/

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