Gross National Happiness

The real goal in life is happiness and well-being. But a holistic approach towards progress is rarely taken. In 1972, the term  "gross national happiness" (GNH) was coined by Bhutan’s fourth Dargon King, Jigme Singve Wangchuck.  This concept is not easy to define mathematically, yet people may value things that represent vitality and health, meaning, …

Intuition Explains Everything!

Important decisions such as who we should marry, whether to take a job or not, are often made based on intuition, we do not simply weigh pros and cons. Something else influences our decision. Gerd Gigerenzersays that it is capacities that have evolved over thousands of years - our ability to trust, imitate and love. …

Becoming Cyborgs

The term cyborg is often applied to an organism that has enhanced abilities due to technology. It is interesting to think about what the consequences could be as our senses were enhanced outside the normal range of perception (frequencies, distance, degree of discrimination). What would it mean for our perception, and would our interaction with …

Design and Social Innovation

Today, many public and social leaders are embracing ideas and methods previously only associated with design. Visualisation, experimentation and user involvement is becoming central factors in social innovation. Terms that signify collaborative and inclusive approaches such as design thinking, service design, co-design, human centred design and strategic design are increasingly becoming more prevalent. A designer …

Cover Cover-ups

Most of Earth’s surface has been discovered and now it has been mapped by Google. But the world beneath the sea surface is largely Terra Incognita. It is dangerous to go there and the depths of the ocean are unexplored territory. If we deliberately decide to think about something, it is mostly because we encounter …

Hands were Made for Walking – Everybody should be Taught That!

Imagine that doctors claim that hands were made for walking, and that everybody should be taught that for a better quality of life. You may object and suggest that we have evolved to walk upright on our feet. But determining how evolution influences us today is not easy. Tracing evolution backwards is a process filled …

Happiness at Work

Arbejdsglaede is a Scandinavian word that means happiness at work. Alexander Kjerulf recommends the following suggestions to help us perform at least one random act of kindness at work. Bring someone a cup of coffee, without them asking Leave a flower on someone’s desk Leave a nice, hand-written note for a co-worker Help someone carry …

Black Swan Robustness

In an earlier post we shared some thoughts about robustness in interconnected networks. In 2010,  Nassim Nicholas Taleb held a presentation for the Henry Jackson Society.  Taleb discussed the global financial crisis and his Black Swan Theory, elaborating on his enhanced second edition of The Black Swan which expands on his views as to how …

Outrospection

In the animate video, The Power of Outrospection, Roman Krznaric explores the idea that we live in a time that demands more empathic adventurers in all aspects of life. The era of introspection has gone and this rather thought provoking video challenges us to think about various links between innovation, creativity, empathy and social awareness. Today, …

Robustness in Networks

Our thinking habits are often based on simple cause-effect relations as can be seen in Newton's mechanics, engineering and economics. However, with the coming of quantum-mechanics, interconnected computers and global interrelated economies  maybe our standard cause – effect need to be replaced by systems thinking. Systems thinking is the process of understanding how things, regarded as …