1/15/2019 0 Comments
There are clear signs that a global recession may be imminent. While this could make life even more difficult for the millions everywhere living paycheck to paycheck, it could also create opportunities to emerge that will help us push the reset button and break old cycles. Let me share with you six things trending that we may want to take advantage of during the recession.
Technology will make this recession different. Unlike the worker-intensive days of the past, advance AI and robotics will keep many parts of economies around the world functioning, so the recession won't be as severe to business as it was before. It will, however, push more people out of the job market -- permanently. We at UBR are creating "Super Groups" around the world that takes the resource of human potential and are creating teams of people who are re-thinking and re-imagining how communities can thrive and succeed with this level of change. This is an opportunity for us to move from human doing to human being. http://www.leadtheshift.com/ubr-super-groups.html
An explosion of hydroponic gardening. This form of indoor gardening is a method of growing plants without soil by using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. It has already been on an upward growth trend globally due to the rise of food security concerns, climate change forecasts and advanced technology which keeps making it easier. A recession will be another big factor in driving this growth. This is the year you partner with others in your neighborhood to create a hydroponic gardening opportunity. https://www.thespruce.com/beginners-guide-to-hydroponics-1939215
The continued growth of cremation. It's not surprising you're hearing a lot of your friends speak of being cremated instead of having a formal burial when they die. That's because cremation is simply a dignified, time-tested, cost effective way to manage the passing of a loved one. The growth of income inequality and the press of a recession will make cremation a logical choice for the budget minded. Even more, many people are questioning the very practices of the burial-industrial-complex and asking "is this really necessary?" If you're thinking cremation may be right for you, get your plans in writing now so there is no guess work with your family members. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cremation-rates-reach-all-time-high-us-180964478/
Seeking out something to believe in. Under stress, we collectively tend to re-prioritize our values. For those who already embrace a particular religion, there will be a re-aligning with those ideas. Over the past 10 years, there has been a dramatic retreat from traditional religions but that has not stopped those people from looking for something to believe in and carry them through difficult times. Non-traditional practices in yoga, meditation and mindfulness will flourish in this time as the "un-churched" seek comfort and understanding. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-fitness-yoga/in-times-of-economic-crisis-people-turn-to-yoga-idUSTRE50B2HN20090112
Opening up to economic restructuring. The boom and bust cycle can be exhausting and hazardous. More and more people have been asking if there is a better way forward. The coming recession, buoyed by new technologies that are changing the landscape of societies, will empower more people to ask that question in their personal lives as well as for their communities. https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2014/sep/15/rethinking-prosperity-credible-alternatives-ecomonic-system
The return of the rent party. When I was younger, rent parties were all the rage. People in your building were asked to bring a dish, a couple of bucks and a good attitude to a party to help you pay the rent for the month. While there are no hard statistics on this, there is a trend of people looking for ways of connecting with their neighbors in a world driven by social media separation. Even some of the people in gentrified communities may follow suit.
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1/8/2019 0 Comments
For a time in the West, individualism or "rugged individualism" was extolled as a virtue. Recent data says that mythic concept of self may be incredibly unhealthy. The evidence is overwhelming that we're better together. Individualism may be fueling the expansion of the mental health crisis in the States and other places around the world.
This article from Forbes says our inability to be in cohesive groups of friends and family may trigger real tangible health challenges such as hunger, thirst and physical pain....http://fortune.com/2016/06/22/loneliness-is-a-modern-day-epidemic/
Some may believe the loneliness epidemic is being caused by the growth of the elderly population around the world. As people get older, many of their friends may have passed on, leaving those who remain with fewer people to interact with. But in this new study reprinted in US News and World Report, young people are suffering the most from loneliness....https://www.usnews.com/news/health-care-news/articles/2018-05-01/study-many-americans-report-feeling-lonely-younger-generations-more-so
In this article in INSIDER, the authors suggest that it's not that people are choosing to be lonely, but that modern societies are not structured for meaningful connection. Even more, this report says loneliness is contagious...https://www.thisisinsider.com/why-do-i-feel-lonely-2018-6
Is social media part of the problem of the loneliness epidemic? Of course, but maybe differently than we think. Check out this article from PsychologyToday....https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-gen-y-guide/201702/the-2-reasons-why-so-many-people-are-becoming-lonelier
WHAT WE CAN DO TO REDUCE OUR LONELINESS.
Based on my interactions in social groups around the world and even managing my own bouts with loneliness, there are four strategies I would highly suggest. These are not substitutes for those of you who may be suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder, but as options for those of you who feel you can do more to reduce your loneliness periods.
1. Set "touchstone" dates with your friends. I have a male friend who I connect with at least once a week at lunch. Not a text, not an email, not a phone call --- an in-person hour or two over good food. In our societies, we have a tendency to wait for these kinds of interactions to happen spontaneously. The truth is that they must be organized and planned as part of our schedules. The more regularly they are planned, the more they will become a touchstone that allows you to keep in touch with your humanity.
2. Reduce your social media time. I know, you've heard it before, but reducing your time on devices, gives you more time to reclaim. You can put that time to use scheduling a luncheon date with a friend and have true social interaction.
3. Embrace Ubuntu as your belief system. The mythology behind rugged individualism has created infrastructure that supports loneliness in our societies. It's time to embrace a new belief system that supports healthy connection and interaction. When I used to teach leadership classes at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, I was introduced to the philosophy of Ubuntu --- we are all connected, thus our challenges and our successes are shared. My suspicion is that having this as a belief system will help us create connected supports.
4. Host a dinner, once a quarter with friends as well as strangers. There is nothing more powerful than breaking bread together. Invite a bunch of people over your home for a potluck get together for conversation and good food. This increases your human interaction touch points, expands your field of friends and associates and can put your culinary skills to work.
Over the next 3-5years as we walk through an unprecedented global paradigm shift, we'll need each other to help us navigate the rough waves to create new possibilities.
About this time every year, Futurists look over their notes to see if they can come up with predictions for the coming year. Not to be left out of the crowd, I too have some "predictions" that I'd like to offer for 2019...but they are more like suggestions, advice to help you thrive and succeed in the most dramatic time of change in the history of humanity. That's not hyperbole. This conflation of advanced AI, climate change and economic inequality has never happened before. That means business as usual will not be enough to answer this emerging crisis. This actually can be a great opportunity if we see it as such. With that in mind, here are my "predictions"/suggestions we'll need to do in 2019 in order to intend a transformed future that works.
A dramatic and very public pivot to clean energy. Despite what the current Federal administration in the US is saying about climate change, "clean coal" and doubling down on fossil fuel, the smart money is all flowing toward clean energy. This shift is going to take a very high profile turn in 2019 as company after company launch ready to go clean energy solutions, such as this one....https://www.ge.com/reports/call-ecomagination-ge-building-co2-powered-turbine-generates-10-megawatts-fits-table/
The IPCC report on climate change that sounded the alarm on the urgency of doing something about this crisis right now has opened the flood gate to these kinds of inventions. Stay up on local, state and regional regulations. That's the barometer of where the money is going. This year is the time to invest in ethical companies leading this charge.
The merger of sustainable communities with retirement communities. This seems like a no-brainer to me. Developers are forwarding the idea of making retirement communities completely green, autonomous and sustainable. These will, in effect, be the blueprint for all communities in the future. This re-imagining of how communities will work will be fueled by the autonomous car revolution, food security opportunities from indoor farming due to drought and floods and the fast growing and ageing baby boom population. Look for a major play on this in 2019.
New data of testing of 21st century economic models. The real challenge that plagues a lot of the world is that current economic systems, based on the top down scarcity model are not robust enough to work efficiently in a rapidly changing societal foundation. They simply cannot compete effectively in a 21st century that features super efficient technology, climate change adaptation and massive income inequality. In 2019, there will be a rush of data from test models that utilize new economies organized around these three factors. From global testing of Universal Basic Income models to the global testing of Universal Basic Resources models (my initiative), data will stream in this year to share what options are possible. Here are the models to watch:
The autonomous automobile revolution social disruption starts in earnest this year. Did you know that cars are parked 95% of the time? They are a tremendous and incredible wasted asset, which makes autonomous cars that are moving all the time, a giant leap in efficiency. Cities are now doing their first phase of planning around this development, especially as how the loss of revenue from parking and speeding tickets and auto registration. This will be a hot button issue because social programs will be disrupted because of the income loss. The mere projection of these losses are sending a lot of metro areas scrambling. We'll be monitoring these development here in this blog.
The Hemp and CBD industry is about to blow up. At least, that's going to be the case in North America This year, you'll see it. https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/cbd-farm-bill/
Welcome to a new year and a new opportunity to create transformation!
Diversity will be one of the hottest and most important issues of the immediate future and the new world emerging. After centuries of cultures seeking to create mono societies, leadership, housing and even crop production, we are now taking a look at the sample set by nature in biodiversity --- the more diverse structures are, the stronger they are. http://www.globalissues.org/article/170/why-is-biodiversity-important-who-cares
But the conversation of human diversity is now becoming more nuanced. There was a time where companies, organizations and communities felt that you could solve diversity issues by plugging in people who looked differently than you did, but thought the same way. In other words, you still had the same mono culture, but in different shades. The problem with this version of diversity is that it doesn't lead to the greatest level of innovation and possibilities an organization or society can enjoy. This form of "mono-diversity" usually leads to the same kind of results you'd have if you didn't diversify at all. Mono-diversity or faux diversity is like leaving money on the table: why would any organization settle for less when there is more available? True and effective human diversity takes into account other people's lifestyles, experiences, thought processes and visions. This kind of true diversity of thought in leadership very well could have avoided the extinction level event we face today called climate change.
There are those who will seek to mount a campaign that will negate incorporating people from different ethnic cultures into their organization by saying "we don't need the 'cultural other'. We have diversity of thought within our ranks". This, again, is faux diversity and often is used as a cover for subtle racism. True diversity recognizes that, using a foundational framework, organizations become stronger, more adept at figuring out global terrains and, quite frankly, less boring and more dynamic. Here are some of the other gifts that true diversity, leveraging diversity of thought, bring to the table:
More unconsidered solutions. In mono cultures, all solutions come from the same source, which may be exactly what caused the problem in the first place.
Valuing the feminine. There is little value in a woman thinking like a man. But there is great value in a man recognizing a woman's ancient and matriarchal problem solving skills.
Reduces racism. It's hard to make an enemy of someone you depend on for your success and your future.
Incorporates wisdom. Valuing the sacred wisdom of the elders by eliminating ageism can help an organization not make the same mistakes over and over again.
Imports the solutions of the Global South. All shoulders at the wheel.
There must be a rethinking of what true diversity looks like by copying nature and incorporating the many different ways life expresses itself. This trend is happening and may save the day from the immediate challenges the world of the past few centuries has visited upon us to today.
12/10/2018 0 Comments
There is an emerging body of evidence that shows climate change is not only affecting our food supply, mass migration, poverty levels, the livability of our planet and generally create an extinction level event, but it is also having a serious effect on our mental health--- and it's not good.
The Union of Concerned Scientists say the more people have to migrate because of coastal flooding, super hurricanes, droughts and fires, the more it increases anxiety and depression among those affected and their loved ones. https://www.ucsusa.org/global_warming/science_and_impacts/impacts/climate-change-and-mental-health.html
In Psychology Today, a researched report shows that there is precedent for increased mental instability for people in the wake of super storms as they tracked Louisiana residents after Katrina. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-truth-about-exercise-addiction/201704/how-climate-change-affects-mental-health
And the American Psychological Association says trauma and shock are steadily increasing, and not just with large super storms, but with ongoing heatwaves as well.... https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2017/03/climate-mental-health.aspx
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Over the years, I've shared some of the best advice out there that we can start to implement right now. Here are three things within your grasp....
Get formal support systems in place. Yes, its good to have the support of family and friends, but if you or someone you know is starting to demonstrate increased stress and anxiety, get them professional support in the form of a trained therapist, or even life coaches. We are in unprecedented times. It's time to take unprecedented actions.
Start engaging in Climate Change Adaptation planning. Most of the conversation out there is around climate change happening. Now we have to get to how do we live in a world in a state of flux. This helps people to wrap their heads around solutions instead of just the problem.
Get informed. Nothing breeds fear and anxiety more than ignorance. Get informed about what's going on and how you may be affected. This is the first step to making a plan.
A BUSINESS PLAN FOR CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION
At one time, this was seen as an environmental problem and was compartmentalized by many as such. Now that it's being received as a human problem, here are three things businesses can do to navigate climate change adaptation.
Time for a technological upgrade. Of course, this is a unpopular suggestion because it means putting a bunch of money back into the business. But if you have your eyes on the future, you know many companies as they exist now will fall behind as society changes. Make your company climate change ready through technology.
Fully engage in public transportation. A massive effort for you and your employees as well as those in the associations you work with is needed now to at least slow down the rate of change. That means creating a zero impact carbon footprint. One way that can happen is by engaging public transportation. Immediately.
Incorporate climate change adaptation into your company's vision statement. It can't be something as flowery or as non-committal as "we hope to build a better world for our children, etc", but something specific, like "we will champion indoor gardening efforts to help feed communities around the world".
Need more consultation on climate change mental health or business adaptation ideas? Contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate change is the most important development in the history of humanity. For some, the stress and anxiety will be consuming. But we can get in front of this transformation by getting informed, getting support and making a plan. We'll help you put together a plan on this blog.
Here is an interview I did just a few years ago that talks about the trends reshaping our planet. https://www.thesparkpod.com/episodes/039-a-hope-filled-future-with-chet-w-sisk/
If you need some inspiration for the world ahead, let this play as you do your chores, at work, during your meditation, at work or as you work out. Get some hope for yourself.
Chet W. Sisk
11/17/2018 0 Comments
We've all received social cues as to what success looks like in our current world. Those cues have primarily been defined by Western standards of success . Those success markers include the following goals....
The Scarcity Economic Model. It states that infrastructure is created (often artificially created) to facilitate the distribution of resources to meet human wants and needs, thus pricing and availability of resources are based on limited access. It is based on the premise that there simply isn't enough to go around.
The Rugged Individualism Philosophy: The practice and belief that individualism is the preferred approach to social and economic relations over group support and engagement.
Materialism: A tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values.
The challenge we face today is that the world emerging from the perfect storm of climate change, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and income inequality all happening at the same time, require a dramatically re-imagined set of tools, concepts and ideas to help run an efficient, effective and abundant planet. These new emergent tools include:
The Ubuntu Philosophical Construct: Based on the Southern African philosophy, this idea states that all people, animals and the planet are connected. Thus, economies, societal structure, technology and laws would be developed to reflect this idea.
Spirituality: Belief that attaining higher understanding of the divine is more important than the acquisition of material goods. This puts less pressure on the attainment of material goods and more on personal development, thus, less pressure on environmental resources to meet those demands.
The Abundance Economic Model. Also called The Post-Scarcity Model is an economic idea in which most goods can be produced in great abundance with minimal human labor needed. The technological explosion of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is making this a likely alternative.
Embracing the old tools are and have created crises above and beyond what humankind has known. Here are some of the challenges:
Jobs don't solve economic challenges in a scarcity model economy. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/11/magazine/americans-jobs-poverty-homeless.html?mc=aud_dev&ad-keywords=auddevgate&subid1=TAFI&fbclid=IwAR2tvFSSiicJJJACLa7r71LC9zQ1pcdptZxmNuPZltbsdNF3Za-Sn2mxKS4&dclid=CjkKEQiArK_fBRCn8-rxz42j3bgBEiQAFHPBMGxnMkpf5XMUztYle5auhXfzpS421-Me1P7RKkVhYjzw_wcB
The push for material gain for shareholders has put the world on the brink of an extinction level event via climate change. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/exxon-knew-about-climate-change-almost-40-years-ago/
The Scarcity Economic Model and materialism are doing catastrophic harm to the planet. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/13/hurricane-irma-capitalism-growth-economics-environment-financial-crisi
The multiple crises that are emerging now have basically created an extinction level event. These crises have also created the greatest opportunity to develop a new, robust, efficient and abundant approach that may never have occurred except for crisis. I believe we should take advantage of this opportunity.
DOWNLOAD THE APP
For those of you waiting for the Apple version of the UBR app, your wait is almost over. Go to the website this Wednesday, November 21st, and go to www.leadtheshift.com and you'll be able to download it from the home page. Look at the classifieds and the resource provider section. If you have a service or product you'd like to share with our global Super Groups that could contribute to the development of the new, robust, abundant and efficient system I wrote about, write me directly at email@example.com and let's get your information posted in the app.
START DEVELOPING YOUR VISION STATEMENTS
Just like with sports, my job as a Futurist is to coach you through this time of great change. I am here to help you set goals and develop key skills that are particular to this paradigm shift. I am here to enhance your motivation, lay out the possibilities of this time, and increase your success rate. If done correctly, I will have encouraged you to take ownership for emergence at this critical time. If you've signed on, you should have the UBR Coaching program. Take a look at the vision statement categories. The next post will go into more detail to help you write your personal statements for your health, relationships, finances and career for times like these. Not into the life coaching app yet? Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's get you in.
10/16/2018 0 Comments
When the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change hit the panic button last week and said we have 12 years to radically change the way we live if we want to stave off an extinction level event, they were being generous. We are already in the throws of dramatic shifts that are affecting millions of people around the world. We're just at the beginning of a very life-threatening journey. Does this mean we're toast? That's up to us. I will, however, say that the report does 2 harmful things:
1. Humans tend to procrastinate. If someone tells us we have 12 years to get something right, politicians will have us wait til the 11th year to take action. That would be like telling a smoker "if you don't stop smoking, you'll die of cancer in a few years". The smoker may believe she has a few years, but all during this time before death, she's lost a lung. She developed cancer. Her overall health is severely compromised and her quality of life becomes a living hell that she'll wish she had died long ago.
2. We have yet to change our language to climate change adaptation. There is a part of us that believes we can keep climate change from happening. That window passed a few years back. This is not about arguing with people who believe its a hoax. This is not about doing a march with the people who believe if we recycle, we can halt the effects of a warming earth. This is about "how do we re-imagine our existence to live on a dramatically changed planet?"
The socioeconomic geopolitical challenges we'll see over the next 10 years will be like nothing else we've ever seen before, as people fight to stay alive during drought, floods, famine, food insecurity, mass migration and weather disaster after weather disaster.
Now, for the good news.
This need not be the end of human life on earth. It will, however, force us to come up with more imaginative, bolder ideas of how we're going to live with each other. Make no mistake. There are those who still think they can skip this whole experience and make off with millions. Fortunately, there are creative models being developed as we speak that lay the foundation of a new kind of life on earth. It's just unfortunate we had to wait for the emergence of this crisis to take action.
Myself and my colleagues are developing one such model, complete with a digital currency we'll be able to use as back up in case challenges occur. It's called Universal Basic Resources in partnership with Earth Dollar. https://www.leadtheshift.com/ubr-super-groups.html
Those of you who have already signed up will receive your loaded digital currency VISA debit card by the end of this coming November/early December. You'll be asked to spend it inside of the UBR global platform for services, partnerships, goods and opportunities. Also, we're going to start the production of affirmation videos. If you're a member, send me a note of things you'd like to tell yourself, and my production team will create a video that you can play in your meditation, at work, at play or anytime. Listen to the example at the bottom of this page...https://www.leadtheshift.com/advisorconsultant.html Get one specially made for you, or get the general ones released once a month. .
If you're read the book The Power of Habit, https://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/the-power-of-habit-charles-duhigg/1103588638/2660413837150?st=PLA&s... you know that making a suggestion to yourself on an ongoing, disciplined basis can literally change your life. At this point and time, the world needs affirmative, empowered people. We want to do our part.
Again, if you're already signed up, write me now at email@example.com and let me know what you'd want your affirmation tape to say to you. Then, wait for your Earth Dollar card in the next 30 to 60 days. If you haven't signed up, write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's get you on board.
10/8/2018 0 Comments
jWith the rise in authoritarianism around the world https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/03/11/its-not-just-trump-authoritarian-popul... more and more communities will find a disconnect between some of their desires and the direction of the State. However, in a globalized and connected world, there are many resources communities are taking advantage of to meet the needs of their community members. I'm not trying to give the impression that there should be disconnect between local communities and the State. Rather, local communities are taking up their responsibility in addressing the needs of their areas and looking to the State to become a partner in the community's plan. . Even more, there are more resources at their disposal than any other time in human history. Here is trending information about the new role of localism in affecting long standing challenges and in helping lead the world. .
It's critical that local communities start to take the lead...http://time.com/4596800/nepal-local-leadership/
There are significant benefits in localism...http://www.tamarackcommunity.ca/latest/the-rise-of-localism
Community development is for the good of community well being...https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-importance-of-community_b_6978186
Do you need a college degree to succeed in life? It has been pounded in us that a college degree was not only important, but necessary in a world that demands a higher level of understanding. While it is true that the world requires a higher level of understanding, college is no longer the only place where you can become your greatest self.https://www.mydomaine.com/why-you-dont-need-a-college-degree
Can autonomous cars bankrupt a city? Yes, they can. This is one of those affects of autonomous robots (like the coming autonomous unemployment crisis) few people talk about because it's a difficult subject. https://www.wired.com/story/autonomous-vehicles-might-drive-cities-to-financial-ruin/
Can Africa technologically leap frog the West? In a world....maybe. It all depends on the quality of the partnerships African nations create with other world partners. Although I found this article flawed, it does provide some insight. http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/opinion/2017/10/11/africa-can-enjoy-leapfrog-development
8/29/2018 0 Comments
No, it's not your imagination. There is a fundamental shift happening in society. On the surface, it doesn't look good at all. We're trending toward materialism, small-mindedness and a general obsession with acquiring money. And no, it didn't start with Millennials. The seeds of the current trend were planted at least 100 years ago in something called "rugged individualism". Check out these reports first before we get to the solutions...
There is a long history in the US that has led to the current "selfie" culture...https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/7/19/17518086/selfie-will-storr-book-psychology-west
A new documentary discusses our obsession with wealth....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5_xyq3fPy8
Another new documentary talks about how materialism may be at the core of the challenges facing the planet. https://newdream.org/videos/high-price-of-materialism
What's a solution? An Agile Scalable Cooperative Platform
I've created a proof-of-concept global model of connected community groups, based around the use of new technology, digital currency and the philosophy of Ubuntu. It's called a Agile Scalable Cooperative Platform. What we've done is reorganize structure to help individuals have more tools in their earnings portfolio. In other words, as many people have investment options, we've developed a tool for more people to have broader earning options. I've created this approach to help buffer the jobs losses that will be caused by automation and the widespread underemployment where people have to work several jobs to make ends meet. Each participant will:
1. Have the option of participating in a local support group called a "supergroup"
2. Will be able to place their ad, promotion or message in our app that circulates out to all super group members (download - https://www.leadtheshift.com/)
3. Receive a digital currency VISA card in November - December of 2018 through our partners at Earth Dollar. This is to encourage trade, commerce and activity among super group members.
If you'd like to participate, write me back at email@example.com and let me know you're in. Find out more at https://www.leadtheshift.com/ubr-super-group-description.html
Then, write me back at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know you'd like to participate. My partners have extended the deadline for participants to let us know by August 31st.
8/16/2018 0 Comments
Let's be honest. A good portion of people really aren't thinking about higher ideas or a more perfect union or the betterment of humanity. Their base line is "how am I and my children going to eat today?" That thought in itself is noble, but if it is the ONLY focus, it can be very difficult to create a society that addresses the core issue of why you and your children are hungry in the first place. Indeed, trending reports show that in the US and other countries around the world show our populations are drowning in a sea of information but less wiser (the application of knowledge) or smarter (the understanding of data and what it means). Here are some of those reports.
This report suggests future election cycles in the US will be problematic: https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/new-reuters-poll-proves-many-americans-cant-think-themselve...
There is disturbing evidence that people everywhere (from the US, to Norway to Japan) are getting dumber....https://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/we-are-all-getting-dumber-new-science-proves-no-one-is-sure-why...
Some, of course, are blaming our drop in intelligence on technology.....https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/mr-personality/201305/is-technology-making-us-stupid-and-sma...
If you saw the movie "Idiocracy" and compare it to current governments, you've got to be concerned....https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/caveman-logic/201107/idiocracy-can-we-reverse-it
There are several things I think leaders need to understand to be more effective in this unprecedented time.
1. Don't beat people over the head with facts. Show them what end result you are seeking.
2. Organize your ideas so that a five year old will understand. This is not to insult your audience, but to recognize in a world of information overkill, the more simple an idea, the better it can be managed.
3. Keep the big picture to yourself, but drill down on the individual parts with those you lead.
4. Encourage people to read more. Reading has an effect on the brain different than osmosis via television or computer screens.
Chet W. Sisk is an author and one of the world's leading Social Futurists. He is also expert on the current world paradigm shift. Find out more about him and the LEAD Global Team at www.leadtheshift.com or you can write him directly at email@example.com