Nexus Science is backed by its own guiding principles. These principles not only define and support the method but are also fundamental to the success of dissemination and actualization of the Nexus Science method.
CONNECTION IS THE KEY
We are globally connected and we need to feel that connection in order to be in harmony. The world is built on the principle of connection but we, humanity are in opposition to that principle. Unity is more than just a word or a concept; it is and should always remain our constant goal, one in which we strive for and work towards in all of our efforts and as means towards resolving all our conflicts. How we view our relationship with others determines the health of our societies.
COOPERATION OVER COMPETITION
Our nature, environment and education promotes competition. However all of Nature is built on cooperation. This means that people are in opposition to Nature. Contrary to generations of belief, competition is seldom the most effective means of producing quality results. Nexus Science recognizes that cooperation is a vastly more inclusive and constructive process under which we can all work and benefit. Nexus Science redefines the success to ensure that everyone wins.
The concept of what education is and how it should be applied to students must be completely redefined. We need to think of education simply as the development of a human being to join humanity. Knowledge and discovery are wonderful components of education but the role of educators is not to force feed facts to students.
Creating and maintaining a proper environment in which we are raised, educated, live, work and play are all critically important factors that govern who we are. The impact and influence of the environment upon us is what molds and shapes our very thoughts, opinions, feelings and perceptions. It is necessary that we endeavor to remain in a beneficial and positive environment in which we can unite as much as we can.
FREEDOM TO FAIL
Nexus Science embraces “failure” as a necessary means for discovery. Due to our competitive nature, society has made “failure” a shameful incidence which we are meant to hide and obscure. We are often taught in youth not to fail or admit failure for fear of judgement and penalty from our peers. Here we are robbing ourselves of a key contributor to our growth, evolution and transformation.
Nexus Science deems failure as an opportunity. Not to judge, scorn or punish another, but to learn. We look fondly on failure as success and we encourage failure because it provides fuel for the fire of growth. Negative thoughts, fears, anxieties and self-consciousness, etc. are all part of life and being human and these things are shared commonly amongst all of us. Failure is not shameful and should not be avoided. Freedom to Fail, as a principle, is essential for creating a safe, supportive and friendly environment where failure is an option.
We must fundamentally change the way we define, advertise and propagate the “pursuit of happiness”. Our media, entertainment, pop and celebrity culture, economics and even politics all send a dangerous message to our children and humanity as a whole that happiness lies in fame, fortune, power and control, etc. and this is a complete falsehood. We need to redefine “happiness” as a concept and promote that new corrected definition in all areas of society.
We must accept and be comfortable with small progress. The results will show in time but they must build. This requires faith in the method. And it takes an amount of faith and trust in the process in order to see results. This is true in any result of value. A diamond is born from the result of thousands of years of pressure. A person cannot benefit from a new diet regime if he or she doesn’t commit to the process. Results are not going to be immediate but with each addition of effort one makes, the reward will be greater and more rewarding.
INVESTMENT IN THE GROUP
Whether we are talking about a family, team, crew, club, company, band, cast or squad, whatever the name or dynamic, nobody feels connected to any group that they haven’t invested in. More often than not, it is the fault of the group itself (or the management of that group) for not allowing it’s members to become more engaged and invested. A person becomes invested in the group once they have contributed something of themselves to it. Efforts, finances, thoughts, ideas, blood, sweat and tears all amount to investment. And once a person is invested, they then have a level of care, concern and loyalty for the group that can only be bought through one’s own efforts. If everyone in the group comes with the same dedication and respect, a comfortable and secure environment is formed.
A sense of security is fundamentally required for growth and discovery to freely take form. Our definition of security and safety can be more accurately defined as compassion, understanding and care. An individual who feels they are understood and cared for and not judged is much more capable of advancement than a person who is in a constant state of stress and anxiety or even fear and defense. This is especially true of children but that same maxim carries on into adulthood. Nexus Science makes “safety first” an integral part of its program. To ensure that we are all working in a protective nurturing and secure environment.
Sustainable is a modern day buzzword but the concept is usually associated with recycling, using resources more wisely and finding new and improved ways of sustaining our consumerist economy and competitive society. Nexus Science asks the question, do we really need all the things we make and use and how can “sustainability” be redefined to include ourselves, our relationships and the health and strength of our society?
“Yes, And” is a practice created in the realm of improvisational theatre training where players are trained to “yes, and” each other or to agree and accept as a principle in order to move a performance forward. Nexus Science takes this principle (and others from improv training) and applies it to training in the development of agreeing and accepting other’s thoughts and opinions, etc.