The KDP is a topographic map for generative conversations

When a system acts, it enacts a space in the world that it touches.

The climate system does this at a very physical and tangible level, as well as having some more mysterious, less overt effects. At the tangible level, landscapes are formed. Flooding rains form gullies when flowing, pond in depressions, or silt out into massive plains. Ice causes flaking, or in massive flows carves paths through mountains. Desertification creates oceans of heaving sand.

All this evidence of the climate system’s action on the earth terrain becomes important to us if we want to negotiate that terrain intentionally. Topographic maps that show us not only the course of the rivers but the angles of the ridges are the most foundational resource for interacting humans with the terrain in ways that can be anticipated (“We’ll need to take two days water for that stretch”), negotiated (“Do you want to go around or over.? Over’s quicker but the team will have to be fitter”), resourced (“You’ll need to either take a boat or build a raft to cross the headwaters”), scheduled (“All those ice floes will slow our pace to 5km a day”).

The KDP graphic is like that. It is a topographic map of the human conversation system for knowledge development.


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