Rebel, rebel, your workplace is a mess…

By which I mean that it should be, intellectually speaking. I’ll explain. This article, which the best I’ve read in ages from the once mighty HBR, talks about creating the conditions for workers to break rules, challenge conformity, yada yada, in order to do a better job. But of course. 

So if you do all that in your outfit, it will be messier, because rebels are a bit messy. But hey, you’re worth it.

Where it scores is in the depth of practical thought-provoking suggestions, and detail,  which goes well beyond the usual half-assed liberal encouragement of diversity; which in any case, is never extended to the neuroatypical, despite them being the paradigmatic exemplars of “Think Different”, to quote mid-90s Apple. How many Aspies do you employ? And do you use their talents fully?.

It also has a terrific ideas timeline, which although overwhelmingly North-Americocentric, with a wee dash of Eurocentric, is a brilliant way of succinctly pointing to all the shoulders of all the giants that the author is standing on (totally going to nick that idea).

Speaking as someone who has just got a job which might be considered to have some mild rebelly aspects within its roles and tasks —as in shake things up a bit, reinvigorate, challenge, that sort of language, I’m both pleased to read this piece and confirmed in my belief that. if I’m to do the job I’m being asked to do, I need to go a bit further, maybe…. than has been, so far, welcomed. How far is too far, said the downhill mountainbiker, how fast is too fast? Only one way to find out…

Yet, oddly, I think managers will find this piece strangely reassuring…

The Election: Of Hate, Grief, and a New Story | Charles Eisenstein

Very smart point about being inbetween stories.

This is an excellent piece, not at all soppy and new age, despite initial appearances, although I don’t think the very Waitrose quote from a sodding acupuncturist helps. And it’s not about understanding why Trump. It’s not another ‘read all about something you weren’t involved in that has already happened that you can’t do anything about’, it’s about what we can do.


Yūgen (幽玄) – Deep Awareness of the Universe

“Yūgen is an important concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics. The exact translation of the word depends on the context. Yūgen is not an allusion to another world. It is about this world,…”

Source: Yūgen (幽玄) – Deep Awareness of the Universe

“If the seas represent potential then each thing is like a wave arising from it and returning to it. There are no permanent waves. There are no perfect waves. At no point is a wave complete, even at its peak. Nature is seen as a dynamic whole that is to be admired and appreciated.”

Which is why systems thinkers should study these ideas.

The Evolution of Cooperation

​The Evolution of Cooperation, is, if I recall correctly a book by Robert Axelrod, or his brother. It uses game theory to explain how a strategy called ‘forgiving tit for tat’ conquers all others.

And here it is, in a cat video.

This physicist says consciousness could be a new state of matter – ScienceAlert

Follow the link, which, rather like a network of neurons, leads to more links.   My frontal lobes haven’t been this excited since I read Douglas Hofstadter’s EGB, a book so heavy that even in paperback it has its own gravitational field. And that was when it first came out in paperback, mid 80s I’m guessing.

Nobody seems to know what to make of it at this very early stage, so far be it for me to try.
 Go read. But take it slow, pause every minute or so, to let the mind deboggle…

Only in America? The rise of the super-entitled gimme-gimme generation​?

“When a college freshman received a C- on her first test, she literally had a meltdown in class. Sobbing, she texted her mother who called back, demanding to talk to the professor immediately (he, of course, declined). Another mother accompanied her child on a job interview, then wondered why he didn’t get the job.

“A major employer reported that during a job interview, a potential employee told him that she would have his job within 18 months. It didn’t even cross her mind that he had worked 20 years to achieve his goal.

Sound crazy?”

Risk assessment or judgmental moralising do-goodery?

This is a real breakthrough for the Rebel Alliance in the fight against the Risk Empire.
“Yet leaving your kid alone, even for a short time in safe circumstances, can lead to a child-abuse investigation.
What’s going on?
The researchers suspected that the overestimating of risk reflects moral convictions about proper parenting.”
They were right.