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Below is what I have spotted from learning on my own and with interesting people. I also include few thougths to trigger your curiosity and reflection.

On developing inner resilience

In a world of constant change, what does it take to develop our inner and outer resilience? .@sahana2802 shared an interesting blog post via Twitter:

“Watch your intentions, they become the way you contribute to the design of the world you live in. Watch how and what you design, it will shape the culture you live in. Watch the culture you live in; it will shape how you see the world. Watch how you see the world, it will shape your intentions. The cycle continues. We are bringing the world into being. We are bound to make mistakes. We learn through making mistakes. They help us to change our attitudes and responses. Being forgiving with ourselves, so we can be forgiving with others, is also a good practice for developing inner resilience.” – Daniel Christian Wahl via @sahana2802

On Going Slow Social

We can be rapidly overwelmed by the flow of insights and initiatives, technological and societal shifts. Why sensemaking is a core skill in that context? Farhad Manjoo shares his take in this New York Times article:

“Real life is slow; it takes professionals time to figure out what happened, and how it fits into context. Technology is fast. Smartphones and social networks are giving us facts about the news much faster than we can make sense of them, letting speculation and misinformation fill the gap.” 

Indeed, as I wrote it does take time and practices to be(come) an insight patternist and sensemaker as well to navigate the knowledge flows at our own pace.

By the way, on April 14th the yearly global Slow Art Day will happen. So consider to check out if something will occur in your country or city to enjoy slow and art moments. I also intend to go to some artful and/or technological exhibitions in Paris within this week and month:

Exhibition ‘Robots & Artists’ at Grand Palais

There is a description of what it is all about on the museum website:

“This exhibition is an opportunity to experience works of art produced with the help of increasingly sophisticated robots. Featuring works by some forty artists, it offers a gateway to an immersive and interactive digital world – an augmented body sensory experience that subverts our notions of space and time.

In an ever more robotic society, these artists explore new technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, which is potentially revolutionising human lives and even the conditions in which artworks are produced, presented, disseminated, conserved and received.These works contain a warning. Although Artificial Intelligence can help us, it also threatens to make itself our master by reducing humans to simple slaves to performance. (…)

This selection of works explores the questions raised by artists, which are also questions we ask ourselves : What can a robot do that an artist cannot? If it has an artificial intelligence, does a robot have an imagination? Who decides: the artist, the engineer, the robot, the spectators or everyone together? What is a work of art? Should we fear robots? Artists? Artist-robots?

Intriguing. Will explore more on the ground. Stay tuned for more thoughts, feelings and photos!
Urban Art Fair

The yearly international fair where streets artists and anyone interested in that art hangouts in Le Carreau du Temple. Should be fun and inspiring!

If you are fascinated by street art, you may also find useful this website of all the street arts spot in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. Create your own walk journey if you have a chance to be in Paris during downtime. Another way to go slow social like I enjoyed lately in the forest during the weekend.

Habit Summit

“Habit Summit started in 2013 with the goal of bringing experts from around the world to share best practices and learnings in consumer psychology, design, and behavioral science. Today it draws attendees and speakers from companies around the world, from local start-ups to Fortune 500 executives (see below for a peek into prior participants).”

Of course, I could not fly to San Francisco from France to go for that event on April 10-12th 2018. It sounds like an interesting event on habit building. Weird that there is no backchannel via Twitter to learn from and with. Le sigh! Hopefully, their Youtube channel will be updated with recording of some panels and keynotes. Will see.

On engagement

.@write2tg, Taruna, is an insighftul modern workplace learning consultant from Canada. I highly recommend you to read her blog, connect and engage with her via Twitter. Always a treat to do. On engagement, consider this gem from her blog post:

“Participation is about engaging fully and authentically and sometimes being silent is a way to do it.”

Right! And there is no app for culture, engagement and leadership as @bduperrin underlines:

“Let’s be clear : no app will reinforce your culture,increase engagement or develop leadership. And no vendor will make such a promise even if people link to think they’ve heard it. An app facilitates, supports, adds speed and scale, creates an posiitve experiential context. But it’s useless is there’s nothing to facilitate or support.

An apps supports a program and does not deliver anything on its own.

An app is useless if it does not support a program, something that has a concrete existence outside the app, an approach with an online and offline component.

I’ll even go further. Starting such a program and putting the app in the hands of employee can and even must be the occasion to question values, culture and leadership style. As most businesses realize they must reboot a lot of thing, it could be the right time to wonder if it’s relevant to put old values in a new approach or if it’s time to update everything. I’ll even add that the modern image conveyed by the app would deliver a troubled message if used to convey something outdated.

Today we have simple, efficient and engaging tools to drive change. But it won’t work until we realize they’re only tools and don’t excuse Humans from doing their part of the job and even challenge themselves.”

Are we the way we are because of what we’ve experience? Derek Sivers says more in his latest post.

Voilà! That’s it by now. Stay tuned for upcoming curated and learning out loud blog posts!

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