Over the past couple of years, and as I get a little older, I find myself involved in meaningful, inspiring conversations with friends and colleagues about how we should organize our communities, organizations, institutions and systems. Conversations about systemic change to make things better for everyone. Like an education system that teaches real students rather than the mythical average child. Or, on a grander scale, a global economic system accessible to everyone (The Size of the Pie).
But how do we proceed? I know it starts with refusing to accept “That’s just the way it is” as our default.
Then what? I believe the answer lies in how we think.
We need to think differently. Not better. Nor faster. Nor smarter. Most of the time we think without really thinking about it. But have you ever stopped to think about how you justify to yourself that having a second dough-nut is a good idea? Have you ever stopped to unpack how that process happens in your head? I never have because I’m already too busy thinking about how good the second dough-nut tastes.
Then I began reading Dave Gray’s book entitled Liminial Thinking. He deftly unpacks the complexity of how our thoughts are created and ultimately lead to our actions. My plan is to take you through my experience of the book as I read it, think about it and apply it to my practice. However, Gray makes these concepts so accessible that I would recommend you give yourself the treat of experiencing it for yourself.
Ultimately, my goal is to think differently so I can do things better.