what do you see?

21 don't look at the rain ...

Probably what you believe in.

This is good when it means we look at the things which fill us with energy.  (One of the things about my work with different people is I catch a glimpse of what they love and how they can be creative through the things they see.  I wonder how they can push this even farther.)

But it’s not so good if it means we deny there’s a bigger world than we know.  (And it’s always bigger than we know.)

What we see is very important for how we’ll engage and shape the future.

All around us, there are strong signals and weak signals from the future.  Strong signals come in the forms of trends suggested by verifiable research and scientific data.  Weak signals, though, lie beneath the surface of what we normally see: perhaps an event waiting to happen, a movement of people rising up, or new technologies being developed.

You are more likely to see the weak signals in the fields, interests, and domains you are looking at, but you can also develop the ability to see more in all kinds of areas.  (Curiosity, once stirred up in us, tends not to notice silos.)

New things are possible when the barriers between fields and interests and domains are removed.  Some would suggest we are in a new Renaissance.*

Alex McManus refers to this as horizon scanning, developing our ability to see weak signals from both within and without our areas of interest.  This has encouraged me to connect to future-orientated organisations and people.  When I’ve tweeted the link to this post, I’ll leave Twitter open and scan tweets for weak signals in a number of areas: one organisation frames exploring through the template of TESA: technology, entrepreneurship, society, and arts; I add an extra E in the form of environment – TEESA.  You can use this acronym or create your own for the things you’re inquisitive about.

Seeing more provides opportunities for changing this into that:

‘Are you stuck with the way things were,
instead of busy turning things into
what they could be?’**

Albert Espinosa knows we look at some things and we are filled with energy, exhorting us to, ‘Find what your are looking at and look at it.’  All I’d add is, follow your curiosity.

(*Check out Frans Johansson’s The Medici Effect.)
(**Seth Godin from Tribes.)


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