Thinking and Communication (My 12 Favorite Problems)

Thinking and Communication (My 12 Favorite Problems)

How to be a good thinker

Thinking is an essential quality of being a human. The brain, somebody said (who?), is the most complex object in the Universe. We are alive and conscious, we live and survive perils, we love and nurture (Hello, Anne! 😎 other living beings, we learn, observe, understand and know, we imagine, design, build and share, and many more things, thanks to the fact that we think.

You might say not everybody thinks, that’s true, and that’s my favorite problem: how do we increase the quality of our thinking? How do we improve our decision-making capability?

Connections:

Observation, imagination, fantasy, creativity, understanding, learning, education, teaching, leadership, decision making, critical thinking, systems thinking, design thinking, communication, collective intelligence.

How to be a good communicator

We evolved as human beings by finding the best food sources and avoiding the deadliest predators. How? By developing our communication system. In the era of networks of networks of information pervading us, communication is a key skill to thrive and prosper as a species.

How do we become effective and efficient communicators? What’s the role of design and thinking in communication? What’s the impact of good and bad communication? What’s the role of storytelling?

Connections:

imagination, fantasy, creativity, understanding, learning, education, teaching, leadership, decision making, critical thinking, systems thinking, design thinking, thinking, collective intelligence, sustainability

The remaining problems to develop

  1. Justice, equality, equanimity
    1. What’s the right word?
    2. How to create a just society
  2. Make the world better
    1. How to build a sustainable society
    2. How to make a living while making the world a better place.
    3. How to leave a positive, durable, compounding legacy
    4. How to put new things in the world to make it better rather than worse
    5. How to minimize unintended consequences
    6. How to create better futures
    7. How to improve the ecosystem’s health
  3. How to be a good designer
    1. How to understand, communicate, and manage complexity
    2. How to minimize unintended consequences
    3. Imagining alternative worlds
    4. How to create networks of networks of changemakers creating a positive impact on people and the planet
    5. How can I leave a legacy that will make me remembered in a positive way
    6. How to imagine better futures
    7. Another favorite problem is the one of solving problems and designing solutions, and building the designed solution. So I think that the design approach should be one of the skills and competencies every human being should acquire. What is the minimum viable knowledge needed to be an effective and an efficient, and sustainable designer? That’s a beautiful question. That could go on the same level of being a scientist or being an engineer, but also being an artist. All of those aspects are needed in our life. As well as being a manager or being a leader of being a communicator. All of those skills are at the intersection of being a good citizen of the world.
  4. How to augment life
    1. How to raise the collective intelligence
    2. How to extend life, perception, augment intelligence, individual and collective.
    3. How to live multiple lives
  5. How to minimize the suffering of all living beings
    1. How to relieve suffering
  6. How to be more creative
    1. Teach everybody to be creative
    2. Make art a part of everybody’s life
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Senior Experience Designer. 25 years designing, developing, writing, speaking, facilitating and teaching.

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