Musings on designing experiences & (re)engineering complexity

Oct 2023

Forward Thinking

A bit of the things am chewing on after a few conversations (even in one day) regarding taking expertise and turning it into a package of courses - teaching people how to think is a path forward in the knowledge industry where the tools are being transformedd and augmented faster than many can keep up.

I see some of these and think it’s worthwhile for those who can definitely shape sessions and become a distinct lighthouse in this age. Whether it ends up as necessary credentials, or just another signal is almost immaterial. In this space, a lot of bubbles will rise to the top and only a few stick to the rim of the glass.

Nevertheless, being forward thinking seems to be better characteristic of what it means for knowledge fields going forward. Not so much that they can create the future, but they have frameworks to understand how to work with the things they might create, or that others might create. The shape of work, for this group, really does reach back into something other than collaborative work methods (wrote on this a while back). And yet, it also seeks to anchor into the “old ways” of rhetoric and semiotics.

Of the joys which comes from using Muse gets expressed and exposed in this manner. A framework we coach here is to “always take notes.” Many people don’t know their own distinct voice in the midst of listening to others. Notes, and a practice of going back to them to hear yourself, creates a view of the past and a framework to understand the near-present. It doesn’t mean that you will be ahead of every change. But, you will have a posture which might be a bit more forward than others - some of which who’d come to you to learn how to think forward in a realm they ar4 no more certain of living in.

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