‘With each emerging generation, the network that connects so many of us becomes less and less like a tool and more like a central nervous system of the human community.’*
‘These three capabilities – seeing systems, collaborating across boundaries, and creating desired futures – must continually develop institutions as well as individuals, for … institutions, and the networks they create, shape how our present world operates and hold the greatest promise for systemic change.’**
Joseph Jaworski outlines fascinating research into how the heart and gut are part of the intuitive mind: ‘There is compelling evidence that the body’s perceptual apparatus is continually scanning the future and that the heart is involved in processing and decoding intuitive information.’^
The heart and gut contain complex neuronal structures which produce hormones and neurotransmitters, so the next time your heart beats rapidly, it may be telling you something more important than your thinking about what you’re experiencing.
As we journey towards the future, we’ll see Humans increasing their learning and practicing of skills which connect mind and heart and will; connect people to people; and, connect us to the flora and fauna of our planet.
It promises to create a brave new future, one imagined and shaped together.
In Scotland, the government is encouraging as many as possible to be involved in an experiment of connectivity, inviting service providers, government bods, social enterprises, charities, and more to be part of ULabs Scotland, a MOOC (massive open online course), and getting together across the country in learning hubs and coaching circles.^^
One corollary to this is how it is each person’s responsibility to build the skills to bring to the party. You can help me identify my skills and talents, and provide ideas for how to develop these, but you can’t do my deep practice for me:
‘Learn to do for yourself.‘ It’s the only way to broaden your skills.’*^
(*From Alex McManus’s Makers of Fire.)
(**From Peter Senge’s The Necessary Revolution.)
(^From Joseph Jawaorski’s Source.)
(^^ULabs is a free course lasting for eight weeks and open to anyone and it’s not too late to sign up; it begins on the 10th September.)
(*^From Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit.)