“I am drawn to ideas that remain resonant across time and space, across cultures and civilizations.”  – Maria Popova 

On Sensemaking

In the monthly newsletter of the Institute for the Future #7, this got my attention:

“What Marina’s Reading

In times of stress, I turn to books for comfort. If I am lucky, I will find one that I fall in love with because it articulates something I believe in at a gut level, but the author offers an elegant framework and a well-reasoned explanation for it. In Behave, Robert Sapolsky’s rejection of disciplinary buckets and the phrase “thinking complexly about complex things” is doing it for me. This is why I love the work we do at IFTF. This is also why I believe our educational system is set up so badly. How do we teach people to think about complex things complexly from early an age?” – Marina Gorbis, IFTF Executive Director”

Looks like an interesting book to dive into.

How do we teach people to think about complex things complexly from early an age? By throwing them in the deep of our modern world from early age? By raising awareness and helping them feel and experiment the technological, societal and ecologist shifts of our modern world?

I wrote while reflecting on research and experiences related to developing 21st Century skills:

Now, is there another way of seeing wich emergent skills individuals need to develop and practice in an augmented and automated world? Are the ones suggested by the World Economic Forum already outdated or irrelevant?

Which work skills do we need to develop for the postnormal era as suggests @stoweboyd?
As I noticed from his blog post, he says more about thinking about complex things complexly or called it sensemaking:

“10. Sensemaking

we need to nurture the ability to create flexible models to derive meaning from a set of information, events, or the output of our AIs, and determine a course of action.”

Then I asked:

How do you derive meaning from data, events, systems, humans and machines, and actions? This is a way to think about complex things complexly to me.

And what if it would also start by challenging our assumptions as we are evolving. Taruna @write2tg nailed it:

“I read somewhere that “there is no fixed understanding of self because it is socially and historically constituted and that it varies across time and cultures”. I find this statement to be very true for my own experience of trying to understand my self; this journey is always evolving.”

What if it would be the same for work culture?

On Work Cultures

“People talk a lot about creating a culture,” Tzuo says. “But if you have the foundations of shared trust, a shared journey, and a shared sense of mission, the culture takes care of itself.” – Tien Tzuo, CEO of the cloud accounting software company, Zuora

Well, I was mulling over as I read another reflection from @stoweboyd on work culture and shared it with him in a Twitter thread:

“Maybe we should put aside the question of whether ‘creating a business culture’ can be done, and ask a different question: can we create a larger and shared culture of work that subsumes organizational culture, and in a sense, replaces it?”

Here is the reply I received from @tientzuo:

“There is a place for seeking universal truths and a place for defining temporal principles”

Well, maybe.

On the Connection Age

I recalled a gem from one of my mentors, and previous colleague for TheNewABC startup, @ArnoldBeekes, on what he calls the Connection Age. He shares principles that are well grounded and still highly relevant in our today’s world, methinks.

“This is a guest post by my friend and fellow Generalist, Arnold Beekes.

WTF! What is happening?

It is clear that we are in a period of time, which is called ‘transition’, the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another. We are coming out of the Industrial Age (characterized by efficiency, repetition and thus standardization – building a ‘system of sameness’ in every aspect of life) into a new age, which some people call the Information Age. I am not sure about that name, Information Age, as I see information as, the enabler, rather than the purpose and intention in itself. I would like to call it the Age of Connection (characterized by creation, contribution and thus participation – building a ‘universe of uniqueness’), to be truly connected with ourselves, with others, animals and with nature.

But we are not there yet; we are really in this no man’s land, this limbo.” — @jorgebarba

Read on more if you would like to find out what the grounded basics and paradigms are for living, working and learning, now and in the future.

Being immersed in the Connection Age does take practices:

“What about you? Is there something holding you back from reaching out to someone? Something preventing you from making the contributions and connections you want to make?

There are so many people who could benefit from all you have to offer. Developing the courage to share it just takes practice.” — John Stepper

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