Want to make the world a better place?

By | May 31, 2012
While children certainly would benefit from learning the basics of analysis, determination, and the challenges to the road to success, it's also a great reminder for the working class, and on a larger scale, also in the process redefining society to make the world a better place.

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Our Future Society, part 33: The Art of the Nudge

Right now Finance and Politics are imploding. This presents us with an unprecedented opportunity to cocreate the future society we want to hand over to our children. Here's the roadmap:

1. Infer
You are right now going through a cycle of contentment, denial, confusion and renewal, and so is everyone else. By rediscovering your own particular ladder of inference, you will be able to reclaim and reframe your own set of failures, beliefs and behaviours. Be kind to yourself and be kind to others, since we've all been tripping ourselves up for a long time with beliefs more or less out of whack, out of alignment with reality. Make it easy for yourself to display your best behaviour. A good proxy metric for good behaviour is your own preferred mix of success and happiness.

2. Realign
This one's easy once you understand the first point. Here, you begin to reorient and realign yourself with regards to your own ecosystem, your own network, it's constraints and boundaries. You will probably get a few hard knocks, to remind you to complete the first point. No worries, the Universe and your ecosystem is perfectly designed to deliver the proper lessons.
A good proxy metric for good enough realignment is a reduction of your chronic level of stress. It's all about contextual, ecosystemic logic.

3. Choose
The options you are presented with here are all about possibilities, obstacles, opportunitiies, insights, weighed against probability, capability and risk. This is where small moves, small decisions, rapid prototyping is very healthy. Anything you can do differently, to increase your range of options is of benefit. If you find yourself with a shortage of options here and/or without any decent one's, chances are you need to revisit the previous stage, and do some additional realignment? A good proxy metric here is a feeling of gratitude to all that life is bringing you. People who are cynical are simply trying to skip stage two. Cynicism is suboptimal, and not the endgame.

4. Act
Nothing in life happens until you happen. Everything you do, every act, your practice, your flowing and unfolding through your own lifestory, is based on your own preferred rules of thumb for acting. Consider whether your own rules of thumb are:

– Ecologically rational – sufficiently aligned and aligning with your own ecosystem
– Anchored – an intrinsic part of your own body, mind and spirit, however you define these three
– Operational – fast, frugal, and simple enough to operate effectively when time, knowledge, and resources are limited
– Precise enough to be modeled, extended and applied
– Generative enough to support reasoning and evolve reasoning


A good proxy metric at stage four is when you realize that your optimal strategies are all about doing things.

5. Experience, Evaluate, Iterate
Don't panic. Don't give up. One step at a time. Einstein probably wasn't much of a dancer either, so don't beat yourself up. Happy hunting! Small moves – change as little as possible, but don't avoid changing what needs to change. A good proxy metric for the fifth stage, is having neither too few, nor too many rules of thumb. Two rules of thumb is too few, fifteen is too many. Well, you could juggle and juxtapose fifteen rules of thumb, but it would risk turning your map larger than the territory, which kind of renders them less operational. Some people prefer just having one rule – the brute force, school of hard knocks rule of thumb. As long as it floats your boat…


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