We will have to develop the practice of being intimate with systems — or as hyperobjects or assemblages or compositions or whatever — very quickly indeed, if we are to find new ways of aligning advanced yet resilient contemporary technologies with adapted nature-based technologies, shared-resource governance methods with radically diversifying cultures.
Physicists tend to see the world in terms of matter and energy. In contrast, the cybernetics community began by viewing the world in a new way—through the lens of information, communications channels, and their organization. In this way, cybernetics came into existence at the dawn of the information age, in pre- digital communications and media, by bridging the way humans interact with machines, systems, and each other. Cybernetics focuses on the use of feedback to correct errors and attain goals.
We approach the radical imagination not as a thing that individuals possess in greater or lesser quantities but as a collective process, something that groups do and do together through shared experiences, languages, stories, ideas, art, and theory. Collaborating with those around us, we create multiple, overlapping, contradictory, and coexistent imaginary landscapes, horizons of common possibility and shared understanding. These shared landscapes are shaped by and also shape the imaginations and the actions of those individuals who participate in them.