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WHAT IS THE NETWORK OF NATIONAL DYNAMICS?

The National Dynamics Network (NDN) is meant for those who

  • want to share their views and insights on Finland, its society and its people, and establish a connection with the wider world
  • wish to apply those perceptions
  • use them to influence matters in alignment with the purpose of the network

The network manifests itself and its purpose through a digital magazine.

Caveat: When talking about a “national” network, we do not refer to any narrow geopolitical, linguistic or similar limitation. We rather indicate the network’s grounding and physical base in Finland. We also point to its main purpose: to influence locally by grounding its activities in Finland while examining the ways which are characteristic of Finland.

CAS

In CAS the parts are loosely connected with one another. Characteristic of them is that they evolve continuously in small steps through paradoxes.

Standpoints of examination

The basis of the network’s activities is given by the members’ interest in social- and psycho-dynamics. Their work includes, among others, psychoanalytic or socio-anthropological and similar conceptions of how, on the one hand, individuals and collectives identify with one another and how, on the other hand, otherness arises. As one complementary point of view, we consider for example the perspective that studies complex adaptive systems (CAS) which often are visualized by Mandelbrot fractals.

The Mandelbrot fractals on the video are used to illustrate CAS.
Video: Gaurav Vohra, “A fractal zoom on a Mandelbrot set, finishing on a dendrite area”, Nov 12, 2006, Youtube.

NDN’s central purpose is to survey and qualify concrete approaches through the applications of which disintegration can be reduced and stagnation avoided.In CAS the parts are loosely connected with one another. Characteristic of them is that they evolve continuously in small steps through paradoxes.

Superficial simplifications, deep emotions

Our era has been characterised by national and, at the same time, internationally visible collective movements. Their success is based on simplifications, offering apparently easy but unfortunately superficial approaches which increase fragmentation. Populist tendencies and populist overtones in other movements offer many revealing examples of this.

NDN’s central purpose is to survey and qualify concrete approaches through the applications of which disintegration can be reduced and stagnation avoided.

Identity, borders, otherness, and change

According to the psychoanalytic as well as other schools of thinking, one’s sense of identity forms and remains the basis for later identification when boundaries are formed in relation to otherness. It is here that, according to psychoanalytic understanding in particular, projective and introjective identification becomes pronounced.

At present, national identification, the sense of identity, otherness, and boundaries are constantly being challenged. Inter-generational relationships alter with each generation. The mental and social identity of genders and their polar opponents of otherness change as do national, linguistic, socio-economic, and ideological identity and otherness. Membership in collectives which are bound by identities do not remain stable, while members join and separate them. Both collective and individual boundaries of identities are facing continuous challenges of how to shift and transfer those boundaries. The situation is complicated by individual and collective complex and constantly fluctuating interdependencies.

Transferring from one unstable state to another

Under the prevailing conditions many feel deprived of the possibility to make a difference. We live in a world of paradoxes, where predictability is quite low. The factors that affect the sequence of events are often only loosely connected with one another, and sometimes barely not at all. Change is often possible only with small steps. Sometimes, however, things can go faster; instead of equilibrium, the view of development is in this case defined by a movement from one unstable state to another.

The focus of national dynamics is directed towards sustainable hope, change, belonging, and continuity.

The key to survival is the capability to work together

The focus of national dynamics is directed towards sustainable hope, change, belonging, and continuity. Despite anxieties which reach collective dimensions, the key to survival is the ability to work together.

The only constant is change

From an existential perspective, anxiety inevitably belongs to the human condition and increases as the process of transformation continues relentlessly. Grief, mourning, and our ways of working through them are essential for development. If these are not adequately dealt with, they can trigger complex effects through collective projections.

These projections may, on the one hand, catalyse antagonistic pictures in a manner similar to paranoid processes and, on the other hand, arouse responses similar to manic and omnipotent processes with strong leaders and other ideal figures emerging in connection with them.

Such projections can easily pave the way for more resentful collective disappointments.

From the point of view of the NDN, insufficient processing is likely to lead to the phenomena of fragmentation and stagnation.

Fragmentation, stagnation, and integration

From the point of view of the NDN, insufficient processing is likely to lead to the phenomena of fragmentation and stagnation. The integration in this case is either difficult or impossible to achieve, and co-operation is hardly practiced despite the urgent basic need for it that prevails.

Editorial board of the NDN Blog Forum

The chairman of the board is M.D. Anja Salmi, psychiatrist. Its members include PhD Economics Arja Ropo, Professor of Management and PhD Political Science, M.Sc. Economics Pertti Ahonen, Professor of Political Science and PhD (journalism) and M.Sc.Econ. (Knowledge Management) Arja Lerssi-Lahdenvesi.

 

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