Introduction to Stone’s Map


Welcome to the home page for Stone’s Map, a dynamic, interactive (mind) map (see below for explanation of “mind map”) that will serve as the core of my work for the next few years, integrating my studies and experiences of the last six decades (since roughly age 6).  It is the basis of an on-going video series for the remainder of 2017 and into 2018.

Below is a static image of the collapsed map showing primary nodes (12) but with multiple layers of subtopics hidden.  (In the live map, clicking on the plus signs on the primary nodes expands the branches, along with links, images, videos, etc).  The videos in the Stone’s Map series — starting with introductory overviews (see below) — both short and long — will expand and explain those hidden layers.  This map will be the map for dozens of hours of videos ranging from 10-min shorts to full video courses (e.g., Science 101, Complexity 101, Biology 101, Ecology 101, Geophysiology 101, Climate 101, Adaptability 101, etc., plus videos related to SO 110 LC, described below.)

This page will serve as the portal for the entire series.  The pages linked herein will have three levels of accessibility, listed in order from most to least:

  1. public: viewable by anyone;
  2. invited viewers: associates, students, supporters, and friends who understand at least something of my work, whether at an introductory level or advanced students;
  3. subscribers and participants** in the project.

**The terms “subscriber” and “participant” will be defined more concisely elsewhere (the concept is still evolving, as is Stone’s Map).  For now, the former  — let’s call them subs — are viewers, spectators, curious, hopefully engaged and intrigued — but not ready to enter Advanced Studies Track (AST) status.  I request a small, sliding scale subscription fee (which can be charged to Ermah Ge learning share holder accounts).

Participants — let’s call them par’tis (just for fun, ’cause SO 110 LC is going to be a fine intellectual party!) — are subscribers who have committed to work toward AST via at least one entry level course (at least Complexity 101) then into the Self-Organization 110 Learning Community (SO 110 LC).  SO 110 LC is not a seminar or course, but an ongoing, long-term study group focusing on introductory chapters of about 10 of the primary texts used in advanced courses and — importantly — the integration of the concepts of those texts.

I am currently (summer, 2017) seeking ~ 75 participants (to join the 25 already identified who have already completed introductory courses and — for some — advanced courses).

My goal is that during the next few years, this community will grow, hopefully greatly, and become more international (once we have addressed translation and communication issues).   But I wish to start with a smaller, more manageable group of ~100.

We will begin formal studies — both intro (Complexity 101 video course) and SO 110 LC — in autumn.   I’m now accepting applications for both.  (The application is simple, fun, interesting and free.  Please contact me for details.)

Initial subscribers and participants will be from among invited viewers and their invited guests.  To them, I will offer a glimpse of the project, request feedback to help improve it, and to help identify funding for a 2-phase fundraising campaign (phase 2 on Indiegogo) that will fund continued development of this project before, during and after my transition to Scotland.

It is crucially important for all who participate to understand that this video series is a prototype of the far more sophisticated, BBC-worthy series that I wish to produce in Scotland in collaboration with … others to be named.

I have created the map — and will continue to evolve it — using mind mapping software by XMind.   

The video series will explore subsets of map’s main nodes (currently 12; e.g., “Big picture”, “Scotland”, “Planetary crisis”, etc) and their integration, and — importantlyexplain why their integration is key to their understanding and relevance to life on Earth today and in the future.

I think Stone’s Map has potential to be the best work of my life., precisely because it integrates almost all aspects of my life’s studies and experience since age 6.  My goal is to make it so.  It builds upon and integrates nearly all components of my life including personal  — with some notable exceptions, like personal relationships — and professional elements.

On a page linked in the next paragraph, invited viewers will find two introductory videos, both informal.  As of today (07.16.17), there is only one: a short 17 min sample of the longer one, which (will be) about 1-hour long.   More polished, formal introductions for the general public — including potential Indiegogo funders — will follow during summer.

{I currently have several video projects in production concurrently, all components of the Stone’s Map series.  I’m attempting to produce several early examples that illustrate the diversity of topics, their integration, and the value of the projects.  Next up: a 1-hour tour of North View Trail (NVT) and Pandora Ravine Ecological Study Area (PRESA), both integral components of Stone’s Map.}

Here is the page with informal introduction videos — for invited guests only at this time.  (It is password protected.  The later public introduction will be available for all.)

If you are an invited guest, but do not have/remember the password (e.g., you found this page via Facebook or Twitter), please contact me.  If you are an invited guest and wish to become a Sub, but are not yet registered on this site, please register.  Online nicknames and screen names are fine, but registration must include your real name (to avoid spambots).   If you need assistance with registration, please contact me.

I look forward to interacting with you as a Sub, and — hopefully — studying with you as a fellow Par’tis!  🙂

Alder Stone

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