Whole New Mind Techtuneup

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  • 1. Are we preparing children for their future?

2. The World is Changing (and has changed) in radical ways Asia Abundance Automation 3. Asia By 2010 India becomes the country with the most English speakers in the world Developing nations continue to graduate millions of extremely capable knowledge workers, the professional lives of people in the West will change dramatically.If number crunching, chart reading, and code writing can be done for a lot less overseas and delivered to clients instantly via fiber-optic cable, that's where the work will go. 4.

  • According to Forrester Research, 1 in 9 jobs in the US information technology industry will move overseas by 2010.
  • Visit India's office parks and you'll see chartered accountants preparing American tax returns, lawyers researching American lawsuits, and radiologists reading CAT scans for US hospitals.
  • Pink even shared the story of a programmer making $70,000 a year who outsourced his job to a young Indian programmer for $15,000 year.slashing his workload by over 90%.

Asia 5. Abundance Owning a car used to be a grand American aspiration. Today, there are more automobiles in the US than there are licensed drivers - which means that, on average, everybody who can drive has a car of their own.Self-storage - a business devoted to housing our extra crap - is now a $17 billion annual industry in the US, nearly double Hollywood's yearly box office take. 6. In an age of abundance, consumers demand something more.Abundance $546 for a Whitehaus toilet brush Check out your bathroom.Do you have a toilet brush designed by Michael Graves or a Karim Rashid trash can that you bought at Target? 7. Electric lighting was rare a century ago.Candles are a $2 billion a year business - for reasons that stretch beyond the logical need for light to a prosperous country's growing desire for pleasure and transcendence.Abundance Santuario di Bellezza Candle, $180 8. Abundance 9. Automation Last century, machines proved they could replace human muscle.This century, technologies are proving they can outperform human left brains - they can execute sequential, reductive, computational work better, faster, and more accurately than even those with the highest IQs. 10. Automation Industrial Age Information Age Conceptual Age Agrarian Age 11. Conceptual Age The Industrial Age was built on people's backs. The Information Age on people's left hemispheres. The Conceptual Age is being built on people's right hemispheres.We've progressed from a society of farmers to a society of factory workers to a society of knowledge workers. And now we're progressing yet again - to a society of creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers. 12. Questions to Ask Yes = Trouble No = Trouble Yes = Trouble 13.

  • To flourish in this age, we'll need to supplement our well-developed high tech abilities with aptitudes that are "high concept" and "high touch."
  • High conceptinvolves the ability:
    • to create artistic and emotional beauty
    • to detect patterns and opportunities
    • to craft a satisfying narrative
    • to come up with inventions the world didn't know it was missing

High Concept" & High Touch" 14.

  • High touchinvolves the capacity:
  • to empathize
  • to understand the subtleties of human interaction
  • to find joy in one's self and to elicit it in others
  • to stretch beyond the quotidian in pursuit of purpose and meaning

High Concept" & High Touch" 15. In the Conceptual Age we need to complement our L-Directed reasoning by mastering six essential R-Directed aptitudes. DESIGN function is no longer enough STORY with the glut of information a compelling story is still heard SYMPHONY individuals can no longer specialize, they need cross domains EMPATHY logic is important but we need to know what makes each other tick PLAY health and professional benefits of laughter and humor have been shown MEANING food and shelter is readily available (for most) so now people can pursue spiritual fulfillment Six Senses of the Conceptual Age 16. Design What we make has to be more than just functional we have to make products that are appealing. We dont make automobiles.We make moving works of art that express the drivers love of quality. Chris Bangle, BMW 17. Design 18. Story Our brains are wired for stories, not text. Scratch the surface in a typical boardroom and were all just cavemen with briefcases, hungry for a wise person to tell us stories. Alan Kay, Hewlett-Packard executive Learning to listening to their patients stories is become more important to the training of new doctors. Popularity of scrapbooking is combination interest in story and design. 19. Symphony The ability to look at the big picture The ability tosynthesize , not just analyze The ability to put together the many varied pieces Seeing seemingly disjointed relationships Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain 20. Seeing inDifferent Ways Negative Space Symphony 21. Empathy Sympathy is feeling bad for someone,empathy is feeling with someone else. Empathy is the act of climbing into anothers mind to experience the world from thatpersons perspective. Yawning is contagious.we are wired to imitate it. Facial expressions are universal not based on culture 22. Empathy Spot the Fake Smile http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/surveys/smiles/index.shtml Mind in the Eyes http://glennrowe.net/BaronCohen/Faces/EyesTest.aspx Overheard websites A Humorous look (sometimes inappropriate) Look at Empathy http://www.overheardeverywhere.com 23. Play People rarely succeed at anything unless they are having fun doing it. Southwest Airlines strategy The opposite of play isnt work.Its depression. Brian Sutton-Smith, University of Penn Play includes games, humor, and joyfulness. Games are the most elevated form of investigation. Albert Einstein 24. Play All work and no play makes Jack (or Ramses) a dull boy is a proverb that dates back to ancient Egypt. 25. Computer games appeal to the right side of the game via imaginative vicarious experiences. The gaming industry has grown bigger (more revenue) than the entire motion picture industry.TheMario Bros. seriesof games has made more thantwiceas much as all of theStar Warmovies combined. When USC started a film school 75 years ago, there were many skeptics. Games are the literature of the 21 stcentury.The pieces are in place for this to happen. Chris Swain, USC game design instructor Play 26.

  • Four decades of study by various researchers confirms some common-sense wisdom that humor:
    • used skillfully greases the management wheels
    • reduces hostility
    • deflects criticism
    • relieves tension
    • improves morale
    • helps communicate difficult messages.
  • Fabio Sala, Harvard Business Review

Play 27. Play 28. Play 29. Meaning Abundance has given people more time to wonder about theirpurposeandmeaning . People have enough to live, but nothing to live for; they have the means but no meaning. Ronald Inglehart, University of Michigan political scientist Inglehart confirms his findings among multiple industrialized countries that we are moving from materialist values to postmaterialist values that emphasizeself-expressionandquality of life . New Age warning suspend doubt for a few minutes 30. Two practical ways to begin searching for meaning are to begin taking more seriouslyspiritualityandhappiness . Scientists have run MRI brain scans of monks as the meditate to see how different physical regions of the brain are used. Spirituality and religion are connected, but not the same.Spirituality is the more broadly defined concern for the meaning and purpose of life it is a fundamental part of the human condition. Meaning 31. Attending religious services cuts peoples risk of death from heart disease, suicide, and some cancers. Johns Hopkins study Stress, heart disease, and other maladies can be allayed by attending to the spirit.People who pray regularly have been shown to have lower blood pressure than those who dont. Duke University study Meaning 32. http://www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu Apleasant lifecan be obtained by having experiences that bring youpleasurein your daily life. Attending to your needs and doing what you enjoy day in and day out can afford you a pleasant life hanging out and having fun. Agood lifeis attained by engaging in thepleasant life , but also continuallystretching your skills, challenging your abilities,andgaining new knowledge . It comes from knowing your strengths, using them, and improving upon them, or being capable, competent, andcontinually striving .Ameaningful lifeis one in which the personengages in the pleasant lifeandthe good life , but also uses their life in tocontribute to something beyond, and larger than, themselves ."There are three roads to happiness: the Pleasant Life, the Good Life and the Meaningful Life. People who enjoy all three have the most life satisfaction." Martin Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness and Learned Optimism Meaning