Date of Completion

Spring 5-24-2018

Document Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Peter J. Taylor


Rather than summarizing the extent of my learning as a graduate student in the University of Massachusetts Boston Critical and Creative Thinking Master of Arts Program, this work instead illustrates a starting point for how I intend to apply my learning moving forward. Various characteristics in the writing do, however, reflect influences from all CCT courses taken. Primarily using personal narrative, I discuss various personal and professional experiences which have inspired self-developed creative methodologies. The methodologies, and learning derived from using them, are folded into an inquiry regarding Futures Studies, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, Mastery, and Flow. Inspired by these disciplines along with the Creativity matrix, I then synthesize what is termed as The Autonomous Realization Tetrad (ART) - a social architecture synthesis inspired by Futures Studies, Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, Cognitive Psychology, and Human Creative Potential. The ART social architecture seeks to consciously nurture a generative field which encourages a range of co-creative social behaviors beneficial to the realization of a visualized, desired outcome, from an economy of means. The writing closes with an indication of proposed Next Steps for the further evolution of ART, as well as Concluding Thoughts.