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A Whole New Mind

Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future

Erin Robinson

on 7 October 2015

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Transcript of A Whole New Mind

The United States spends more on trash bags than ninety other countries spend on everything.
A Whole New Mind
Self Storage has become a $17 billion annual industry in the U.S.
For businesses, it's no longer enough to create a product that's reasonably priced and adequately functional. It must also be beautiful, unique, and meaningful.
In the U.S. a chip designer earns ~$7,000 per month; in India she earns ~$1,000. A U.S. aerospace engineer earns ~$6,000; in Russia ~$650. A U.S. accountant earns ~$5,000; in the Philippines ~$300, no small sum in a country where the annual per capita income is $500.
According to forrester Research, "at least 3.3 million white collar jobs and $136 billion in wages will shift from the U.S. to low-cost countries like India, China, and Russia by 2015."
If standardized, routine L-directed work such as many kinds of financial analysis, radiology, and computer programming can be done for a lot less overseas and delivered to clients instantly via fiber optic links, that's where the work will go.
John Henry's demise became a parable of the Industrial Age. Similarly Garry Kasparov, a chess grand master, has been surpassed by a machine.
Last century, machines proved they could replace humans backs. This century, new technologies are proving they can replace humans left brains.
Any job that depends on routines- that can be reduced to a set of rules, or broken down into a set of repeatable steps is at risk. If a $500-a-month accountant in India doesn't swipe your job, Turbo Tax will.
Why right brainers will rule the future
The Conceptual Age
The Solution - The Six Senses
Today it is economically crucial and personally rewarding to create something that is also beautiful, whimsical, or emotionally engaging.
A furniture designer must craft a table that stands up properly and supports its weight (utility). But the table must also possess an aesthetic appeal that transcends functionality (significance).
For every percent of sales invested in product design, a company's sales and profits rise by an average of 3 to 4 percent!
The typical person uses a toaster at most 15 minutes per day. The remaining 1,425 minutes of the day the toaster is on display. Basically 1% of the toaster's time is devoted to utility, while 99% is devoted to significance.
Consumers now spend nearly as much on decorative faceplates for their cell phones as they do on the phones themselves. Last year, they purchased $4 billion worth of ring tones.
A study at Georgetown university found that even if the students, teachers, and educational approach remained the same, improving a school's physical environment could increase test scores by as much as 11%.
Design Practice
Keep a design notebook
Read design magazines.
Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/
Participate in the "Third Industrial Revolution" http://nikeid.nike.com/nikeid/index.jsp
Pop Quiz!
1) How many dollars in american wages are expected to shift to low-cost locales by 2015?
2) Who is the John Henry of the conceptual age?
Stories are easier to remember because in many ways, stories are how we remember.
When facts become so widely available and instantly accessible, each one become less valuable. what begins to matter more is the ability to place these facts in context and to deliver them with emotional impact.
"Our ability as doctors to treat and heal is bound up in our ability to accurately perceive a patients story. If you can't do that, you're working with one hand tied behind your back."
Story Practice
Write a mini-sage
Tell your children a bedtime story based on your own experiences.
Video your grandparents
Read these Books
Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screen-writing
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Symphony is the ability to put together the pieces. It is the capacity to synthesize rather than to analyze; to see relationships between seemingly unrelated fields; to detect broad patterns rather than to deliver specific answers; and to invent something new by combining elements nobody else thought to pair.
The boundary crosser - reject either/or choices and seek multiple options and blended solutions.
The inventor - sometimes the most powerful ideas come from simply combining two existing ideas nobody else ever thought to unite
The metaphor maker - understanding one thing in terms of something else. For instance Georges de Mestral noticed how burs stuck to his dogs fur and, reasoning metaphorically, came up with velcro.
A recent study found that self-made millionaires are four times more likely to be dyslexic. Dyslexics think differently. They are intuitive and excel at problem solving and seeing the big picture.
Symphony Practice
Listen to great symphonies
Beethoven's 9th Symphony
Haffner Symphony
Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture
Look for Negative Spaces
Empathy is not sympathy - that is, feeling bad for someone else. It is feeling with someone else, sensing what it would be like to be that person.
"Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate and to connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives." --- Oprah Winfrey
Just as the mode of the rational mind is words, the mode of the emotions is nonverbal.
Discussion Question: How does empathy relate to the first 3 senses, design, story, and symphony?
One of the reasons the nursing field is on the rise. Computers can not empathize.
Even as early as age three, girls are better at inferring what others are thinking and at divining emotions from the expression on someone's face.
Empathy Practice
Test yourself: Meaure your EQ with Simon Baron-Cohen's sixty-question instrument. Or spot the fake smile and take the BBC's 20 question test based on paul Ekman's research.
Play who's life - Review the contents of purses of 6 woman and see if you can guess who they belong to.
"The opposite of play isn't work. It's depression. To play is to act out and be willful, exultant and committed as if one is assured of one's prospects." --Brian Sutton-Smith
In 2003, EA, a game company, earned $2.5 billion, more than the combined revenue of the year's ten top-grossing movies. Nintendo's Mario series of video games has earned more than $7 billion over its lifetime - double the money earned by all the Star Wars movies.
Learning is not about memorizing isolated facts. It is about connecting and manipulating them.
Neuroscientist concluded that the right hemisphere plays an essential role in understanding and appreciating humor.
Humor used skillfully greases the management wheels. It reduces hostility, deflects criticism, relieves tension, improves morale, and helps communicate difficult messages.
"Serious people are more responsible. That's not true. Laughing people are more creative people. They are more productive people. People who laugh together can work together". --Dr. Kataria
Play Practice
Join a laughter club
Play the cartoon captions game
Get your game on!
Freed from the struggle for survival, we have the luxury of devoting more of our lives to the search for meaning.
Across many different realms, there's a growing recognition that spirituality - not religion necessarily, but the more broadly defined concern for the meaning and purpose of life - is a fundamental part of the human condition.
Andrew Newberg has scanned the brains of nuns when they have meditated to the point of religious ecstasy and connection with God. During such moments, the part of the brain that guides a sense of self is less active - thus contributing to the feeling of being unified with something larger.
Among the things that contribute to happiness are engaging in satisfying work, avoiding negative events and emotions, being married, and having a rich social network. Also important are gratitude, forgiveness, and optimism. (What does not seem to matter are making more money, getting lots of education, or living in a pleasant climate.)
Meaning Practice
Take the 20 - 10 test. Ask yourself whether you would still be doing what you do if you won $20 million or knew they had no more than 10 years to live.
Visit a Labyrinth - a spiral walking path that is a form of moving meditation.
The Problem with Left Brain Thinking
Picture yourself at 90
Discussion Questions:
How innate are the six abilities? Can they be taught or strengthened at school? How?
How have students been impacted by standardized testing? Do these tests make it more difficult to have a whole minded approach to teaching and learning?
What R directed thinking do you use in your work? Which of the 6 do you think should be a priority for teachers to develop?
Do you think society is ready to embrace Pink's theories about R directed thinking in the conceptual age? What are the consequences for educators and students if we do not?
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