Let’s Face It. That’s what I thought when I composed this picture. It all began with the recent tweet “[By The Way] There is no such thing as business-to-business or business-to-consumer; only human-to-human” from @lucgaloppin. This tweet inspired me to envision how we humans are accustomed to use words/language to abstract or generalize factors into something vague. Anyone can understand a concept like Human to Human, but as soon as we call it something else, for example Business to Business, we are in effect immediately hiding the human aspect. We loose the human aspect by this abstraction. As long as we behave as loving humans we can easily connect and share (consider the Human2Human picture). But as soon as we put a label “Business” to something we are in effect stimulating disconnections, greed, anger, status etc. (consider the B2B and B2C pictures). Maybe the time is right to transform from a more a-social to a more social society. Where loving/caring/helping each other becomes the dominant mantra as the picture to the right envisions.
Archive for March, 2012
We have all come to this earth to have learning experiences. However, in our quest for perfection or operationale excellence or even greed, we often tend to forget how important it is to make room for these experiences. And having learning experiences is not something you only do in school. It’s a life long task. Every person on earth has the basic right to have ample learning experiences. Because what could we possibly gain, if others have already taken away the learning experiences for us? Our children would be utterly boared if we take away their chances to experience, especillay if we make their lives easier and easier. So we need to factor learning in, into the designs of our educational, government, institutional, corporate and other related societal systems. And be careful with strategies that tend to take away or damp experiences. For example standardization can take away experiences because there is only the ´standard´ option available.
Below are some quotes that I think also fit whell to this post. These are quotes by which I am trying to live:
- Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy ~ Robert A. Heinlein
- It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know ~ Henry David Thoreau
- Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn ~ Benjamin Franklin
- Those who have knowledge, don’t predict. Those who predict, don’t have knowledge ~ Lao-tzu
- People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves ~ Paulo Coelho
- Be brave and take riscs. Nothing can replace experience ~ Paulo Coelho
Remember Adi Da Samray’s quote “Relax! Nothing is under control”? I believe this is a mindset that could benefit humanity in going through it’s transformations towards a new, more social, human-centric society. Equanimity could help us going through this transformation. But what is equanimity? Well, there are multiple definitions. Here we use “the art of letting things go”. I believe that if we are not afraid to let “old” things go, leave our comfort zone for a short while, we will get ourselves more open toward “new” things. And this openness might just be the catalyst to help us achieve more serendipity cases. Because when we are more open to new things, chances are bigger that accidental connections are made. Growing the global consciousness. And achieving serendipity could also mean experiencing more from need-to-know to nice-to-know cases. And from searching for specific answers to finding unexpected solutions. From unintentionally improving something globally by improving something locally. So by learning to let things go, we become more open to new, unexpected experiences. May you have a lot of serendipity!
Did you know that we have all come to this beautiful starship Earth to have (learning) experiences? And that in order to have these experiences, we first must have forgotten them. Otherwise they would not be experiences. So by having forgotten experiences, it gives us the free will to be able to create something new, and experience that. And then, only after the creation, we can remember what we created. And add it to our knowledge. Literally “re” “member” it. Add a new “member” to the list. So (s)he is re-membered. People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves. So they need experiences. And just like Paulo Coelho once stated: there is nothing that can replace experience so we must be brave and take riscs. Henry David Thoreau also knew: it is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know. And even Lao-Tzu said: those who have knowledge, don’t predict, those who predict, don’t have knowledge. So predictions therefore can have the side effect of inhibiting experiences or making them less attractive. It’s as if part of the experience is already in the prediciton. Allmost the same applies for standards, rules, procedures, laws, plans, strategies etc. These are all more or less techniques that inhibit having full experience. So if we want to have a world where people have attractive learning possibilities, we must from time to time forget so we can re-member!
This blog is inspired by the term ‘Slow IT” from a collegue who blogs here. The term Slow IT reminded me of one of the LinkedIn discussion groups I follow: Slow Management. But besides these two viewpoints on Slowing Down, there are a lot more slow movements. For example, an excellent summary (in Dutch) can be found here. It reminds us that we as a globalising consumption society are quickly wasting and spoiling our beautiful earth. The only thing that seems to matter is short-term wins. I win, you loose. Greedy. Egoistic.
It’s time we started to design our world for our children. And that’s why I made the Dino graphic. It’s my representation of how Humanity should be transforming from short-term goals (institutional-centric, a-social, often supported with generalisations or centralisations) to long-tail goals (human-centric, social, decentralized, localized, specialized).
It’s my dream that Humanity’s mindset evolves to this 2.0 mindset, creating a world that is not only liveable for us, but also for our children. The time to slow down the infinite growth engine of Humanity 1.0 is here now. We can create Humanity 2.0 if we want!