How a feature in my WordPress School
Christmas Calendar became a “field of possibility.”
Warning: This blog post forwards mostly to Norwegian links; however, it should be easy to follow the meaning.
Building a WP-site:
Meeting other WordPress site builders through a WordPress School´s Christmas calendar, provides playing with serendipitous possibilities. Is Systems Intelligence at play?
For a time now, I have been learning WordPress, an open-source content management system used for building websites. WordPress claims to power almost 39% of all websites on the Internet. The technical side and its possibilities are seemingly endless, they further claim. To know how to communicate content, and how to reach people with my services is beyond the technical, aesthetical, content-creation, SEO, and more. Nevertheless, WordPress savviness is critical.
I knew I wanted to build my website; I just didn´t know enough about how to. So, I signed up for VIP-membership with “WP-skolen”, a Norwegian WordPress School run by two wizards who so walk their talk. Fast forward, I have a website that keeps evolving. The delightful effect that I want to share in this post is what emerging Systems Intelligence may look like through serendipitous events.
Our Systems Intelligent skills:
The awareness that we influence everyone we are in a relationship with by our thoughts, emotions, words, and actions and that we are influenced in return, is the first key to awareness about Systems Intelligence, and in Quantum Mechanics too, but that tale is for another time. Systems intelligence expands when you are aware of this dynamic, whether you recognize this term or not. With systems intelligence you then act out of a knowing that the “sum of the parts is greater than the whole,” meaning that you know that you influence the whole by your very presence. With this savvy, you naturally want to contribute intelligently for the system to function better as a whole, doing your part.
Let me give you an example. The band, The Beatles, e.g., consisted of four musicians. The Beatles as a whole, is the sum of the four musicians together and its effect on listeners. When they play, well, the world listens and hums. The Beatles was an effective system!
Another example is my WP-learning and getting to know people through that process. The two women who run the school (I swear, they work for four) are admirably effective, skilled, and generous in sharing their knowledge. Firstly, they provide videos and answers to my endless questions. They give serious feedback on functions of images, text, and layout as well. Finally, they amp up my game by always suggesting improvements.
A digital Christmas Calendar:
In these advent times, WP-skolen promotes a digital Christmas calendar, sharing students´ sites, and more tips & tricks on evolving websites. I was lucky enough to be featured on day 5, and it was great for me to see what my content looked like in Norwegian, and if what I share and communicates with people.
Following this exposure, I received a kind mail from a fellow WP-student, a musician/composer/music therapist who facilitates processes for people to move through their challenges by creating songs and performing them. I find his work very valuable as he works with the perspective of possibilities instead of limitations; as do I. As a consequence we have initiated communication around Word-Press web development, SEO, and all the components our site needs improvement on.
A few more days into the calendar, a couple who just “retired” was featured, sharing a portal around Norwegian migration to the US. (My family has done just that in two different generations, and I learned new facts from reading this new website). Consequently, I sent them an email expressing interest in their content, and admiration of how fast they had built their site – in just six weeks! The woman in the couple replied, and serendipity has it that her work is also is oriented towards the ´field of possibilities´.
Her professional work has been about helping people work through their limitations through the perspective of “recovery orientation.” She has since created a method, teaching other patients and therapists. She and I are in the process of getting to know each other`s fields through this serendipity! The calendar is only on day 13 as I write; so who knows what is in store for expanding the WP-family!
Fields of possibilities:
My delight is this – in the ´field of possibility´ new paths appear by serendipitous aligning bits of intelligence and skills. For me, this is what is happening! Getting to know other site-builders who are possibility-oriented is a lovely side-effect of Kristin and Ragnhild´s Christmas calendar.
Serendipities are systems intelligence unfolding, and who knows what the spin-off will be in the future? I appreciated what happened so much that I had to blog about it, appreciating everyone involved.
SO, I wonder: What does systems intelligence look like in your field?
For Norwegians: Fler spin-offs fra julekalenderen! Heldige meg, jeg ble nevnt igjen fra WordPress skolens gründere, tusen takk! Denne gangen om det å coache ut fra at alt egentlig er relasjoner – også dine egen relasjon til deg selv! Les mer her.
Dersom du gå i tanker om å bygge din egen WordPress side – er det virkelig ingen over og ingen ved siden enn WordPress skolen når det gjelder pedagogikk og service. Anbefales!