What can the Hindsight of 2020 offer? Learning from the mistakes of the past will help us move more decisively toward a different future. Facing the reality of what we experienced in 2020 will take time to process. These are some of my reflections so far and my take on what's possible, what I'm grateful for and how to have a positive impact on 2021.
Preparing for a post-pandemic world involves being flexible now on our path to resilience. Adapting to the current context is crucial for those who are faring well to support those affected and coping less well. Human-centred leadership skills are fundamental to developing resilience, starting with flexibility.
BONUS DAY 22 ReWrite the World Blog Challenge I imagine a world in which leadership is human-centred. So that.... Acts of leadership speak louder than positions of leadership. Those we work for care about our wellbeing more than the bottom line. Those who represent us in government are there to serve more than seek power and play political games. Leadership skills are taught in schools to empower children to be sovereign over their own existence and to hold the collective well-being as paramount in decision making. Today, leadership is as much a learned skill as it is a bestowed title. [...]
reWrite the World Blog Challenge Day 20 I imagine a world in which empathy is ubiquitous so that... Emotions are met with openness, curiosity and compassion. Concerns and misgivings are aired and dealt with in an openhearted manner. Edge dwellers are accepted for their eccentricity without judgement or social isolation. Today we judge before seeking to understand. Many of our emotions go unexpressed and are associated with shame and fear. Our emotionally phobic culture validates our tendency to squelch our emotions and perpetuates social isolation, enforcing a rigid scope of 'normalcy'. Our frayed social fabric is marked by disconnection. [...]
reWrite the World Blog Challenge Day 19 I imagine a world in which creative expression brings everyday inspiration. So that... Children keep their creativity after age 12 and into the rest of their lives. Those of us who live outside the lines or on the edges of ‘normal’ can live long, healthy, happy and fulfilling lives. The arts are valued for the important role they play in society and our artists are thriving members of our communities. Today, between age 9 and 12 children begin to loose touch with their creative selves and learn to conform and ‘fit in’ to society. This is a tragic loss of creativity [...]
reWrite the World Blog Challenge Day 18 I imagine a world in which personal responsibility is common practice, so that... Integrity is routine and a choice rather than an obligation Transgressions are fleeting because they’re dealt with promptly Parliamentary sessions discuss political matters respectfully and gain a deeper understanding of issues Today our culture is rife with finger pointing, blame and deflection of responsibility. Our political leaders, celebrities and even our justice system have questionable morality the way 'being responsible' is modelled for society. According to Billboard Magazine, “It wasn’t me” by Shaggy was the first #1 song of [...]
ReWrite the World Blog Challenge Day 17 I imagine a world in which technology is designed with the big picture in mind. So that... Excitement is more present than fear when people think about technology and the future. Products are produced with users at the core of their design. Resources used in technological innovations are oriented around best use and least waste. Current state example. Today we see a lot of our products end up in landfill after a single use, we seem to have a love-hate relationship with technology. E-waste is a huge issue, often the result of [...]
ReWrite the World Blog Challenge Day 15 I imagine a world in which people listen for understanding before agreement. So that... We take time to hear more fully to what’s being said, rather than thinking about if we agree or not. Conversations are enjoyable and considerate, discussions are responsive to both the words and the unspoken. Relationships focus on understanding and communities emphasise mutual respect. Most of the time, in conversation we are thinking about if we agree and how we’ll respond rather than listening deeply. Rarely to we focus on if we understand fully before responding. Conversations are [...]
ReWrite the World Blog Challenge Day 14 I imagine a world in which we feel safe to express our whole selves. So that... Emotions are ok to express, valued, learned from and moved through rapidly. Our silly side is welcomed and seen as appropriate in more circumstances. Creativity is unleashed in every aspect of life. Our current work culture is about bringing our professional selves to work at the expense of the rest of ourselves. This means our creativity, fun, and emotions are often put aside in favour of technical expertise. When we go outside the narrow band of acceptable expression our sanity is questioned. If we’re too happy we must be on drugs. [...]