A Metaphor for Bees and Buzzes

A Metaphor for Bees and Buzzes

Sara Jacobovici mentioned repeatedly that she is an integrator and process-oriented. I find myself more complexity-oriented. Are the integrator and process-oriented miscible with each other, or are they on opposing poles? Are they like honey and milk, or more like milk and fat or honey and fat? If they are like honey and milk do we assume their safe mixing?

I pondered on these questions searching for a metaphor that would help me answering these questions. My thinking led me to the froth (foamed, or steamed) coffee making. The process is the same, but the ingredients aren't. We make protein froth by creating beating the protein molecules in the milk to create a protein cage that encapsulates air within to which we add coffee. We make frothed coffee with the equipment, but end up with different quality foamed coffee.

We use the same equipment and procedures and yet we end up with varying qualities of coffee froth. We need to experiment (experimental processes) always and never assume we have the same product. Why don't we then get the same quality of desired coffee froth when we are using same milk, procedures and equipment? One major reason is that the milk from cows is never the same. The milk composition changes with what the cows feed on, the environment and host of other factors. Milk is an evolving product.

Making properly prepared coffee froth may sound as an easy process, but it isn't. Te complexity of the milk transfers to the process of making coffee froth and the process gets complex too.

Authors do the same they consume buzzes and so the milk (honey) will have different composition. The process of mixing acquired information may yield properly frothed buzzes or not. It is important that we don't assume; it is important to use the approach of process-experimenting. If what authors produce is milk-like, then knowing by experimenting is the only way to give the readers the product that appeals to them. There is no room for assumption. Processes use ingredients that may be evolving and procedure shall guarantee producing the desired quality product.

It is important to realize that complexity and process speak to each other. Complexity is not against applying procedures and processes; it is also adjusting the processes to make for the variation in the quality of starting materials.

Know your ingredients and act accordingly. Milk that is steamed at a lower, steady temperature will have a richer, sweeter flavor profile. If you overheat the milk, it will taste burned, because you’ve essentially denatured the proteins, preventing foaming and scalding the milk. So your readers are , you may lose the effect intended if you try to overheat your buzzes.

In the making of coffee froths it is important to keep the milk moving. No one likes a thick skin of milk crust on his or her cafΓ© au lait. It is movement that liberates us so that we don't get stuck in life. We need to know when to keep moving and when to take a pause because the foam has formed and settled.

This is the beauty of hives on beBee. We authors feed differently depending on what hives we visit and digest information. Our milk-produce (buzzes) shall be good for making coffee only if we observe these differences and adjust the procedure of making the froth accordingly. It is always process-experimenting and the more complex the starting milk is, the more attention to adjustment we shall need. Moreover, making coffee froth is a gradual process as you need to adjust the process by changing the position and speed of beating the milk to produce quality coffee foam. There is no room for fast-going and only a step by step approach shall give us the desired end product.

Complexity and processes require there integration, rather than their separation. The more we understand complexity, the more we tie this complexity with adjustment of processes the more successful we shall be.

Writing buzzes is the same. Just by treating it as a coffee froth we may draw many writing lessons.
Ali Anani, PhD


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#47
May be to see what quality of coffee your clients prefer. Does that give you any clue about them Preston \ud83d\udc1d Vander Ven. I am serious and the questions that pops up is can we link what people drink with what they want? If not, why then the common phrase "he isn't my cup of coffee"? A topic that may be is worthy of further investigation.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#45
I like comments that I just don't know what to respond to. This one of yours Sara Jacobovici falls under this category. I am thinking and thinking on your statement " I am thinking that the act or process of separating is necessary only when integration kicks in. If left on its own, separation becomes divisive and gets "allocated" out of the process". I am thinking now and I am waiting for an inspirational ideas to cloud my mind. This is a very thorough idea and I am thinking.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #40

Thanks for your last comment Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, much appreciated and very grateful for your mention of me in your buzz. As always, I am commenting after a few reads. Of course a comment can't do justice to the depth of your insight. I will make it easy on myself and use your concluding statement as my beginning. You write: "The more we understand complexity, the more we tie this complexity with adjustment of processes the more successful we shall be." The conscious awareness of what is taking place around us and its dynamic interaction with what is internally taking place is the active ingredient that will enable us to "understand", "adjust" and "succeed". Your buzz made me stop and think about the difference between separating and dividing. I am thinking that the act or process of separating is necessary only when integration kicks in. If left on its own, separation becomes divisive and gets "allocated" out of the process. Always, so much to think about and to take in. I will pause for now and look forward to our future exchanges.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#43
Because you don't act it and you do it naturally Sara Jacobovici. I am so glad that you are integrating the comments with such beauty and thoroughness.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #38

#41
Thank you Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. All I can say is that I get so caught up in your work and the discussions it inspires that I don't even realize that I am doing it until it is brought to my attention. Thank you for the many opportunities you provide for thought provoking exchanges.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #37

#29
Love your comment CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit. I believe your thought process is an example of "diverging into the intricate complexity". As well I appreciate your added dimension into what I call the language of creative thinking, when you write, "Metaphor helps us ground complex thought and so I see metaphor as a way of converging to what we know in comparison."

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#39
You prove what you say Sara Jacobovici- you are an integrator and you are simply and beautifully integrating comments. You walk the talk

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #35

#20
Vamos, Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee! I am so glad to be part of this exciting "process".

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #34

#17
Dear Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee's comment and ask her the question if what she had said in her last line of her comment could be considered a definition of "adaptation." Then I read in your reply to Deb's comment, your perspective of her comment incorporating the idea of adaptation. I just had to share this "process" that has taken place (and I am still not finished reading). I have to confess, I did have my coffee first before I started engaging.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#36
Yes, I agree @Sara Jacobovici. Even CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit added another comment #29 in which he explained his perspective and modified it.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #32

#14
Hi Deb \ud83d\udc1d Helfrich, saying that I imagined that the direction for either can change depending on the interaction in the moment. Then I read your experience of the directions as being opposite in nature to that described in Manjit's comment. I also want to highlight your last line, "I dwell in complexity in order to devise a new process that suits a specific niche." I wonder if that can be one definition of "adaptation"?

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #31

#13
Right on it Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee's line a few times as it, literally, "moved" me. This definitely makes sense, but my gut reaction is that the description, "With the complexity view one has to zoom outwards and in the process view one can zoom inwards"., reflects a snapshot of a moment in the dynamic interaction of us humans in the world. The reverse can occur as a result of another interaction. I don't imagine either to maintain one direction.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#34
Thank you so much and your support is limitless

David B. Grinberg

David B. Grinberg

4 years ago #29

Wow, thanks for another brilliant buzz filled with words of wisdom, Ali. You've done it again -- Bravo!!!!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
I hope that Dr. Vincenzo De Florio would read your line "The actual science outlined in this buzz diverges into turning the coffee cup into a fractal. In the fractal we can look for patterns that is self-similar but in the metaphor we look for meaning that a metaphor may unpack for us". Fractal coffee in which we zoom in and out on hour coffee and see what we haven't seen before.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#30
Deb \ud83d\udc1d Helfrich- Astonishing mind and no wonder you extracted a huge wisdom "Decide to step into the magnificent capacity of all life on Earth or stay submerged in our current world of non-organic structures". SO eloquent and I shall be surprised if you don't expand on this great idea.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#27
Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador- with such clear thinking no wonder you are an established author. I do appreciate your comment and find it significant and relevant.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #25

#14
Yes Deb, intelligently observed, I should reframe this as an hour glass where we with that cup of coffee are physically the meeting point in the middle between the vast cosmos and the vast quantum. Another way of expressing these infinities is the infinity loop. Our societal need for eliminating uncertainty leads us to converge to the known. You are not afraid of the unknown and that is a huge difference in outlook which a few possess but the many do not either want to contemplate or will get uncomfortable in contemplating. Converge and diverge at the level of the known is as narrow a parameter as operating in visible light, usually it is the unknown and the uncertain that society guards against - thus hypocritically celebrating a few innovators while resisting change when innovation becomes something that will change an aspect of their life. In the case of the buzz above I am diverging to history but not to future, but also converging to the processes that lead to different cups of coffee but diverging into the intricate complexity of that coffee. Metaphor helps us ground complex thought and so I see metaphor as a way of converging to what we know in comparison. The actual science outlined in this buzz diverges into turning the coffee cup into a fractal. In the fractal we can look for patterns that is self-similar but in the metaphor we look for meaning that a metaphor may unpack for us.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #24

#14
Yes Deb, intelligently observed, I should reframe this as an hour glass where we with that cup of coffee are physically the meeting point in the middle between the vast cosmos and the vast quantum. Another way of expressing these infinities is the infinity loop. Our societal need for eliminating uncertainty leads us to converge to the known. You are not afraid of the unknown and that is a huge difference in outlook which a few possess but the many do not either want to contemplate or will get uncomfortable in contemplating. Converge and diverge at the level of the known is as narrow a parameter as operating in visible light, usually it is the unknown and the uncertain that society guards against - thus hypocritically celebrating a few innovators while resisting change when innovation becomes something that will change an aspect of their life. In the case of the buzz above I am diverging to history but not to future, but also converging to the processes that lead to different cups of coffee but diverging into the intricate complexity of that coffee. Metaphor helps us ground complex thought and so I see metaphor as a way of converging to what we know in comparison. The actual science outlined in this buzz diverges into turning the coffee cup into a fractal. In the fractal we can look for patterns that self-similar but in the metaphor we look for meaning that a metaphor may unpack for us.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Fine tuning our coffee, fine tuning our writing and fine tuning our lives makes our journey more fulfilling. Our first attempt is like learning how to type - the more we practice, the better we become. Step by step addresses the complexity and can further define the processes. Personally, I like the challenges of complexity because I enjoy organizing my thoughts to reach my desired results of simplicity.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
You see dear debasish majumder your comment has enriched my "produce of milk" and it is not the same milk as I started writing this buzz. Thank you for your profound comments.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
Thank you for voicing out your opinion so openly dear debasish majumder- I am using the science in making coffee foams to explain why processes and complexity are linked and not distant from each other. No matter what we shall never guarantee the quality of an evolving product lie milk. You buy it and what assurances you have it is the same milk quality that you bought yesterday? For this reason, our brains our ideas, our experiences are also evolving and so we need to adjust a known process to adapt with the complexity of the ingredient.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Thank you for your sharing and affirming comment Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee. I am sure we shall have a beautifully looking and tasting foamed coffee soon.

Javier 🐝 CR

Javier 🐝 CR

4 years ago #19

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee thanks! I love it. Hives will become powerful soon. beBee will give more visibility to our writers :)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
And you can do that because you understand what it takes to make a good process Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

WOW! Thank you Paul Walters for your assuring comment. Sometimes, as you experienced yourself, may right something and then later question its merit. You cleared any doubt in my mind.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Thank you Deb \ud83d\udc1d Helfrich for expressing your views so clearly. Complexity leads to self-organizing without order from outside. What we zoom in is the order this process leads to. The internal world of complexity is amazing and the more we zoom in the more we see the repeating fractals. But also, complex systems interact and adapt with their environment and this adaptation leads to the emerging self-organizing. As for your full cream coffee you are right. We need the full fat milk because it has the proteins that form upon stirring (movement) the structure that imprisons the gas bubbles. If we change the type of milk we have to adapt the process. No wonder- your comments are always full of stable foams because you know what to do.

Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee

Interesting observations. I grind down complexity. I search for words that reflect simplicity. It is my "process."

Paul Walters

Paul Walters

4 years ago #14

Ah the great coffee analogy but having read it , its simply perfect !

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

On day I hope to have the honor of having coffee with you dear CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit. I do. I paused on your writing "With the complexity view one has to zoom outwards and in the process view one can zoom inwards". This is such a significant point and surely shall be the theme of one my buzzes very soon. This idea deserves far more than a comment. I do hope that dear Sara Jacobovici would read it and give her view on this highly important idea. Your "ground coffee" concept made me smile with very true admiration. Complexity has bondage to the environment and feedback. The way you expressed it is unique and powerful. I truly need to digest your great comment more. It is so deep.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

4 years ago #12

The starting point for me is not the buzz, it is the conversation house and coffee was an instrumental part of social activity in the original dissemination of intellectual thought in the 17th and 18th century. It was coffee network which was the chief medium of the social network back then and not a digital network. When we make references to buzzes either we are conversing, or we telling, or selling or even yelling - the extra step you have taken is expand the coffee metaphor so that we magnify our understanding at the micro level rather than the macro level of the coffee house, the basis of which is why today Gert Scholtz does not think twice and automatically offer to have a coffee with you. If we look at the other comments from Pascal or Liesbeth, they have broken this discussion down to its component parts, with Pascal he associates it to the black coffee he drinks and with Liesbeth it is "taking a break with coffee" and these are all process components. With the complexity view one has to zoom outwards and in the process view one can zoom inwards. That zooming outwards to recount the prior history of coffee houses as SOCIAL SPACES does effect how it is we view coffee today and if we add to that applying coffee as a metaphor for buzzes, we build a picture of deeper complexity. We need the process layer to ground us, ironically we can call this "ground coffee" and if heat up our conversation we can call it "roast coffee". Now in this highly interconnected view we can introduce the variation in styles and mixes which is what you are alluding to and that mix is deeper process work or process thinking - but the complexity that associates coffee with conversation, that is history.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
Then this coffee will harp a special flavor dear Gert Scholtz

Gert Scholtz

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #10

Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee Someday I hope to actually have a coffee with you Ali. To talk more about complexity and simplicity. And of course, to enjoy a good cup of coffee!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
I am reading your last buzz and shall be commenting soon. You do have your writing personality

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
I aam reading your last bua and shall be commenting soon. You do have your writing personality Liesbeth

Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. beBee Global Brand Ambassador

#5
it surely is!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Beautiful sharing dear . Thank You

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Thank you and I am glad the buzz is "your cup of coffee".

Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. beBee Global Brand Ambassador

take a break with a coffee and this article by our inner power bee Ali

Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. beBee Global Brand Ambassador

wise and inspiring Ali, thank you for sharing this truth with us, I love it. And coffee, that is my thing as well!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
This idea hasn't crossed my mind while writing the buzz. Thank you Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #1

Personally you made me think that's what I may produce is like the coffee I drink its black no milk no sugar, never thought about it that way before so thanks :-)

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