El Lobo Blanco

"Systems Thinker"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (7 of 7)


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As Serious As Your Life: John Coltrane and Beyond &hellip by Valerie Wilmer
I have to say that this book greatly inspired me and helped me understand what a range of Afro-American innovators of the 60-70's were doing with their music. I'd heard of most of them but not all of them eg Guiseppe Logan. As Serious As Your Life by Val Wilmer - passionate photographer and writer about the Blues and Jazz scenes - really nails the essence of their thinking, and experiments, by letting the musicians speak for themselves. She holds it all together with a deeply informed journalist's thoroughness and attention to the nuance and detail of the musicians' searches...it is clear that the musicians trusted her with their stories. Perhaps not just the keenness of her interest but… Read more
All Night Long ~ Mike Osborne
All Night Long ~ Mike Osborne
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wolf, 26 Sep 2011
I heard this band at the 100 Club in London (yes that was a looooooong time ago). The band were absolutely s-m-o-k-i-n'. From beginning to end I was on the edge of my seat. And Louis Moholo was such a power-house (playing with his back to the audience for the first set) that it felt like a big-band of 30 musicians were conjuring this stuff up. The music was literally ecstatic, for them (quite obviously), and for me. The rest of the world, just a few paces away, just disappeared.....
What does that have to do with this album? I bought it on the strength of that gig. And it is a testament to the power of this recording (stand well back from the speakers!) that, the musicians and their… Read more
Tools for Thought by C. H. Waddington
Tools for Thought by C. H. Waddington
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Waddington was considered by his intellectual peers to be a great thinker. This book highlights and sums up - in a very succinct manner - many of the issues concerning the "whole-systems" view of the world. What is more the overriding benefit of this work is that he does it using hand drawn Visual Language. This not only clarifies the complex concepts being addressed (he addresses "complexity" itself) but aids in memorising them.

Anyone involved in looking at the current dilemmas encroaching on our way of life - crumbling markets, climate change etc - could usefully start here to help ease their thinking from a linear to a non-linear framework of looking at our world… Read more