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Diotima's speech: Eros and Kalon 

The speech of Diotima, the teacher of Eros for Socrates in Plato’s Symposium, is a foundational text of the world’s culture. Its concept is just that beauty is the connection of everything.


Knowledge does not descend from sequential or computational chains, but emerges from multiple connections. Hence the Diotima Society's proposal for a "connection school", or C-School, in which to practice the spirit of the ancient scholè. A regeneration process, starting from a New Map of physical and virtual territories, and their assets: beauty, well-being, culture, coming from the complexity of the urban scene, the human interaction, the meaning of the new digital codes and the previous ones, fostering a new economy replacing others in the process of extinction.



The ancient concept of scholè describes a state in which the sense of future possibilities emerges, and depends on no authority other than the desire of the free people who engage in it, nor is it without purpose and without reference to a profound, moral and political dimension. A polis without scholè is doomed to collapse.



Kairos is the singular moment of connection, in which the generation of knowledge and life takes place. Its effectiveness is not the result of actions carried out in a given length of time (chronos) but of the kairetic time in which a perceptive experience (aisthesis) connects with the organizational plan of the perceiving system, causing the generation of an order (genesis) that is completely unpredictable and improbable in itself. Life can be described as an aisthesis-genesis circularity, and so is the formation of knowledge, of which the vital process is an example.


Emergence is a key word of complex thinking and denotes the passage through which properties that do not exist in its subsystems emerge in a system. The current transition could be synthetically denoted as the passage from a nomos centered on production to one centered on emergence. And emergence is what we invoke from the current glaring and disconcerting misalignment between the emerging knowledge of reality, radically different from the conventional one, and the persistence of a nomos linked to the latter.



The Engagement process is fundamental in the new economy: it starts from the awareness of the new, passes through information and arrives at the trial and possibly the adoption of the innovation, often reaching the proselytism (proselytism). The same process can be experienced by the follower both as technological (strengthening of his action) and socio-cultural emancipation (status elevation). The Engagement process obviously affects minds, and influences both behaviors and beliefs.



Enaction is a fundament of the new paradigm, concerning the conception of knowledge and the relationship between vital processes and cognitive processes. It conceives the living being as generating (thinking) itself indefinitely. It is an alternative to the classic paradigm of cognition, which separates the mental functions (thinking) from the vital ones (of the biological body). In the enaction, the actors aggregate around the ecosystem pole and build the ecosystem itself as a living unit, specifying the topological domain of its realization as the network of their interactions: any originally virtual domain can thus become a real domain in the space-time.

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