Let’s do some warming up for our thinking about global warming and sustainability.
What questions could you pose? The single most important habit for an innovative thinker may be to ask questions. A well-formulated question stimulates and inspires. Questions lead to more questions and the question is why we focus so much attention on answering questions and so little on asking questions.
And you agree we need innovative thinking here, don´t you? To begin with; “childish” questions.
Make a brain dump, a knowledge transfer from your brains to paper, of at least 20 questions you may pose about global warming. Then, cluster them into categories.
We came to this:
¨What If¨ thinking
As we are interested in non-traditional thinking, we will continue this series about Global Warming and Sustainability with ¨What If¨ thinking. Wouldn´t it be nice If.….
Put forward a fantasy wish, knowing that it is impossible to achieve. It is important that the provocation be a fantasy. It is much too weak just to put forward a normal desire, aim or task.
It is utopian thinking, that enables us to perceive the big picture, including the things that upset or even repel us, in a usefully optimistic light, in terms of what could be. It gives us the courage and confidence to see the distance between reality and our dreams as a space of opportunity rather than ipso facto defeat.
Come up with at least 5 incredible, impossible, weird ¨What If¨s¨, regarding Global Warming and Sustainability.
See you next week!
More about questions
Questions about Questions. The single most important habit for an innovative thinker may be to ask questions. A well-formulated question stimulates and inspires. Questions lead to more questions and the question is why we focus so much attention on answering questions and so little on asking questions.
How to Get a More Beautiful Question? Posing better questions becomes even more relevant as search engines give answers and at the same time offer us preset questions before we have even entered the question in full.
Interesting Reading Areas 2019. We came across books about new thinking about law, science, international relations and world institutions, nature and ecology as well as the mind and AI ethics.
The Wise Power of Utopian Thinking by Marc Le Menestrel, INSEAD. Imagining an ideal world is a powerful tool for enhancing proactivity and leading organisational transformation. Today’s shifting global dynamics have increased the pressure to navigate into the new and the unknown.
Alas, afraid of how the world is evolving; eager to keep for ourselves what we have; willing to preserve the certainties that we have built in our heads; enticed by a new philosophy where we are supposed to maximise happiness — we continue to resist and reject change. To avoid a growing sense of helplessness and despair, we then run faster towards that light at the end of the tunnel. Instead of embracing the unknown, we become even more blinded by what we think we know.