"The Next Big Thing Isn't a Thing At All"*

It's a Good Process!

Scott Schuck
by Scott Schuck | Apr 02, 2013
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Summary:

We don't necessarily need any more good ideas. We're having great trouble in implementing the many great ideas on innovative change that we already have. So, what we need is a better process which, while rigorous, would also lead to fair and well received agreements, both on how to select the most pressing (and promising) issues and then, equally important, how to take effective action! Bonus: A good process eases concern about the specific outcome. For any would-be solution there are often (always ?) unintended consequences. And, the unexpected result, while not what we originally envisioned, is often better!

How so? In a good process, when solutions emerge, they will have been improved by many creative enhancements which shape a far better result. The best elements from the many individual perspectives have been melded into one. Such enriched outcomes seldom occur in the more usual adversarial and acrimonious process, marred by attempts to persuade and coerce others to a one-sided view. Any agreement reached in this manner has little staying power. Much better to identify, develop and promote a more harmonious and effective way of working together to meet our frequent and complex challenges.

So, 'The Next Big Thing' is, rather, number of special 'things' – people, actually! They are extra special when they connect their minds in ways that multiply their reasoning powers. They come together as one 'set' of minds, acting as one. This 'mind-meld' yields a power immensely beyond one. The effect is exponential. David Bohm* has described this 'meeting of the minds' as similar to an atomic reaction. First, a firing of a few atoms (minds), then greater numbers multiply into a 'critical mass' with a massive release of creative energy.

*("The Enfolding-Unfolding Universe", David Bohm, Re-Vision Journal, Summer/Fall 1978, p. 40)

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Scott

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Schuck

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Minneapolis

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Hennepin

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United States

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Philip Wylie (1942) - Jonathan Haidt (2012)

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"The Next Big Thing Isn't a Thing At All"*: It's a Good Process!

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

We don't necessarily need any more good ideas. We're having great trouble in implementing the many great ideas on innovative change that we already have. So, what we need is a better process which, while rigorous, would also lead to fair and well received agreements, both on how to select the most pressing (and promising) issues and then, equally important, how to take effective action! Bonus: A good process eases concern about the specific outcome. For any would-be solution there are often (always ?) unintended consequences. And, the unexpected result, while not what we originally envisioned, is often better!
How so? In a good process, when solutions emerge, they will have been improved by many creative enhancements which shape a far better result. The best elements from the many individual perspectives have been melded into one. Such enriched outcomes seldom occur in the more usual adversarial and acrimonious process, marred by attempts to persuade and coerce others to a one-sided view. Any agreement reached in this manner has little staying power. Much better to identify, develop and promote a more harmonious and effective way of working together to meet our frequent and complex challenges.
So, 'The Next Big Thing' is, rather, number of special 'things' – people, actually! They are extra special when they connect their minds in ways that multiply their reasoning powers. They come together as one 'set' of minds, acting as one. This 'mind-meld' yields a power immensely beyond one. The effect is exponential. David Bohm* has described this 'meeting of the minds' as similar to an atomic reaction. First, a firing of a few atoms (minds), then greater numbers multiply into a 'critical mass' with a massive release of creative energy.
*("The Enfolding-Unfolding Universe", David Bohm, Re-Vision Journal, Summer/Fall 1978, p. 40)

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

The plaintive plea, "Can't we all just get along?", just doesn't work. It is urgent to begin come together in ways that connect rather than divide.

We can design an environment, with certain conditions, to help this happen:
1. Invite prior agreement on goals. (e.g., listen for meaning, not rebuttal)
2. Select an attractive time and location.
3. Provide a comfortable, open physical environment, with few distractions.
4. Gain a tacit expectation to 'hang in there' for the time scheduled.
(Re: #4 – An alternative is to agree on 'dialogic' behavior.)

" - - the way we enter into conversation and relationships - - can have a large impact on the actions that come out of those interactions." – Macalester College – "Social Innovations Lab", May 9, 2013 - (See 'Media/Resources')

Impact

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

A really "new birth of freedom" will be escaping from the prison of our own primitive, instinctual natures.

"Men's true natures are not adequately manifested in their condition at any given moment – –". [Their real nature] is what they would discover themselves to be if they possessed self-knowledge." – Santayana

Self-knowledge is most readily gained through reflection gained through open and honest communication.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

It would be a triumph for 'conscious evolution' if we could make a leap in our ability to override our evolutionary biases that currently pass for reason. Instead of making decisions based mostly from unconscious biases and motives, we would come to counter this reflexive behavior with genuine reflection. If we incorporate this 'leap' in self knowledge into aspects of our daily lives, we can partner in our own evolution!

Any evolutionary advantage we gain that enhances our survivability, is likely permanent.

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