Tag: ecological intelligence

How the Digital Layer Brings Us to Transcending our Natural Limitations of Time & Space

Now, I’ve been actually stewing on the topic of this post for a while now! At the very least, it has definitely been in my consciousness for nearly two months now, since I first watched this video of Elon Musk being interviewed at the Code Conference 2016: “We are already cyborgs”.

As he spoke about our brain and how it processes our sensory inputs, and even how there are those different layers in our brain, so to speak, that deal with more the “low road” emotional stuff versus that “high road” part of our brain that is more about logic and reason. But all of that is still tied in to a very limited information process. We are hard-wired to mostly deal with what is right in front of us now. Really this is a pretty functional limitation for most of human history.

To survive in a tooth and nail world, that really helped. But to face the problems of our age, global problems, it really does require something else. It is that digital layer that Elon Musk speaks about that makes me think, “This is how we could go about transcending our natural limitations of time and space,” how we can get away from being limited by nature to just dealing with what is in front of our nose, and missing the immense and impactful (but intensely subtle and often slow) processes that are going on around us every day.

Something I Read Today in Critical Path

This all made me think today of something I read in R. Buckminster Fuller’s book, Critical Path:

“I have discovered that one of the important characteristics of most economic trends is that they are too slow in their motion to be visible to humans. We cannot see the motion of the stars, the atoms, a whirling airplane propeller, the growth of a tree, or the hour or minute hand of a clock. In the latter case we can see only the movement of the second hand. Humans do not get out of the way of that which they cannot see moving. As with the electromagnetic spectrum, most of the frequencies and motions of Universe are ultra or infra to man’s sensorial tunability.” Continue reading

Cultivating a Growth Mindset – A Pun on Words

Well, this afternoon I’m back at Garden City, and checking out the new Library’s “quiet area”. It really is quite nice! I’ve got a seat at a desk facing the internal windows, and the library is quite a buzz right now. It really has a positive vibe here, fresh and new and local community space.

Anyway, as I was saying in the title, I was going to write about a few of the things that I’m doing in my life, “cultivating a growth mindset” – definitely, with a pun very much intended.

Those of you who have been following my blog would have read my post about getting involved in your local community garden. Well, earlier this afternoon I dropped by Salisbury Community Garden.

First Visit to My Local Community Garden

For those who haven’t read my initial post, here’s the link back to that. Continue reading

Looking at Emotional Intelligence and Leadership – A Review of Some of Daniel Goleman’s Books

I read a lot of books! I honestly find it hard to keep track of them all sometimes! (That’s part of why I really love Goodreads…) When I read great books, I definitely love sharing them with friends who I know are interested in similar things, as integrating new ideas found in books can honestly be life-changing. As a University student, I always have readings in textbooks and journal articles for my lectures and workshops – and assessments, of course. So you could imagine I would not be too interested in going beyond that and reading more. But I have found so much to enrich my personal learning and even my studies from other books.

As a student of HRM, I have to say that Daniel Goleman’s books have really given me so much value. I’ve read several of his books. He writes really simply while obviously referencing a lot of background research. Several of his books relate to ideas centred around emotional intelligence and leadership, and building on this, he has gone on to present research on social intelligence and how our brains are wired for social relationships.

Some Background to the Topic

Emotional Intelligence as a concept has been around since the 90s, and so many books have been written about the subject. A lot of research has gone into the topic, and related topics, and especially the relationship between emotional intelligence and leadership. The amazing thing about EQ is that although there are trait-like qualities that could seem innate, there are ways that one can develop their EQ – both their ability to manage and understand their own emotions, as well as understanding and even handling the emotions of others.

One area of EQ that deeply intrigues me and definitely is a cause for me want to investigate it more deeply is the connection between EQ and neuroscience. It is amazing to consider the complexity of the human brain, and even how there are different elements that make it up. There is the basest part of our brain that controls instinctual elements and fight/flight response, what is often called the reptilian brain. Then there is the more feeling part of our brain that processes sensory inputs in terms of how it makes us feel, and can even register the feelings of others, and it can do some really amazing things! Then there is the more rational part of our brain that applies logic to make decisions. In the past, often emotions were considered a hindrance to making good decisions. But research has gone on to suggest that in fact emotions are just as much a part of good decision-making as rationality, and thus, EQ is a key to both good management and leadership. Continue reading

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