sensemaking is not efficient

Every fortnight or so I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

“There is no reality except the one contained within us. That is why so many people live such an unreal life. They take the images outside of them for reality and never allow the world within to assert itself.” —Hermann Hesse, via @johnkellden

@johncutlefish: “Teams are often too busy, too highly utilized, too reactive, and too pressured to do the deep work required for sensemaking. Building shared understanding is messy, difficult, and time-consuming. It’s not ‘efficient’.”

@smakelainen: “Code by even a great programmer has ~4 bugs per 1,000 lines of code. Cars today have 150M lines of code. So, even if all of the automotive industry coders were great (they’re not), we’d be talking over half a million bugs on wheels. Isn’t that comforting? (no, it’s not).”

‘A beginner’s guide to critical thinking:
1. Start with a thought
2. Ask “Is this true?”
3. Ask “What makes this true?”
4. Ask “What’s another way to look at this?”
5. Ask “Why?” at each step
6. Reassemble first thought’ —@markpollard

It’s Time to Democratize the Future

“We need to put a high priority on not only learning, but unlearning and relearning as well. We need to give people the tools to understand and create the future for themselves and their communities. And we need to define the future as much more than technological change, teaching the next generation the skills of sense-making, meshing, adaption, resilience and transformation.”

The Complexity Worldview with Jean Boulton

“Boulton strongly believes, as we do, that the complexity worldview can help us navigate our world as it is, not as we believe it to be or want it to be. Practicing humility and curiosity helps us on our journey to unpacking complexity because we can never know everything, but we can learn enough to gain some clarity and perspective. Boulton explained that complexity ‘is a middle ground theory between saying we know everything and we know nothing’. It’s about learning to be comfortable with uncertainty, because inevitably things will not go according to our plan. We can adapt by becoming more resilient and refraining from our command and control methods.

Ultimately, Boulton taught us that embracing our complex reality is simpler than trying to control a machine that does not exist. If we begin to understand complexity and unpack it, we can start our journey toward figuring out how to act congruently with and within it.”

@Rossdawson: Jobs & Skills of the Future “Rising connectivity is continuing to enable digital disruption and more jobs now than ever before can be performed anywhere in the world. Meanwhile the rise of machine capabilities is beginning to impact a number of specific tasks.”

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