A couple of weeks ago, one of my Clean Language buddies, Adrian Goodall, sent me a link to the above You Tube video, “Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant”. He sent it to me because he knew that, many moons ago, I was a maths teacher, and I still have a love of maths. And he was right to send it because I was riveted to the spot as I watched this incredible display of mathematical thinking that highlights the fabulous patterns in cones and flowers and artichokes. Part 2 is now available, and I can’t wait for part 3. As someone on You Tube has commented, whoever would have thought there could be such a thing as a mathematical cliff-hanger?!
Mathematics has been called the science of patterns (Keith Devlin), and I think one of the reasons I was drawn to Clean Language and Symbolic Modelling is that it is all about helping someone to become aware of their patterns – the useful and the not-so-useful ones. Being able to spot patterns in a client’s metaphor landscape is a key skill.
“Patterns cannot be measured or weighed; they must be mapped. To understand a pattern, we must first map a configuration of relationships.”
So I thought I would start a series of posts designed to help you to flex your pattern spotting muscles. Starting with the second clip below which I have used a few times in trainings and events…
I won’t spoil it by saying anything else except this quote from David Grove, the originator of Clean Language:
“I’m interested in what’s not there but would need to be there, for what is there, to make sense.”