sensemaking in turbulence

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

“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence — it is to act with yesterday’s logic.” —Peter Drucker

“Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.”Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook

Going viral

What if this coronavirus is the pandemic that public health people have been warning about for years?

It would accelerate many pre-existing trends.

– border closures
– nationalism
– social isolation
– preppers
– remote work
– face masks
– distrust in governments
@balajis 30 January 2020

Why countries with ‘loose’, rule-breaking cultures have been hit harder by Covid

The virus has been especially effective at turning some societies’ propensity for rule breaking against them. Americans exemplify this spirit. It’s why the United States boasts a great deal of creativity and innovation. It’s also a major liability during times of threat. Such maverick behaviour is supposed to subside in emergencies. Yet countless US citizens continue holding parties, shopping maskless and generally scoffing at the virus. When the fear reflex is triggered, it’s often in a perverse way: fearing lockdowns and mask mandates more than the virus itself.

“Resumable sense-making is the sense-making analog of life-long learning, that is, it embodies the idea that (at least potentially) the process of making sense is never done.” —Xerox PARC 2010

six ways to make sense

Image: Dealing with Complexity by Tanmay Vora based on six ways to make sense

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