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  • questions

    ask provocative

    #creativity

  • Dont be satisfied

    with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth. ~Rumi

  • you were born, raised, educated, and work in a world smug in its

    answers

  • man is a rational being

  • who, if born with a penis, is considered a boy

  • schooled in the answers needed to become a good worker

  • seen as a human resource to be managed

  • weaknesses highlighted in an annual performance review

  • given a carrot (if lucky) if seen as doing a good job

  • told to spend spend spend (debt is no object)

  • put out to pasture at 65 as no longer of value

  • warehoused if difficult to care for

  • only to die afraid, hooked up to machines, surrounded by strangers

  • Western philosophy. Rational economics. Survival of the fittest. Industrialism. 20th century management theory. Medicalization of health. Denial of death.

    answer each of these is an

  • Do these answers bring you joy?

  • Help you discover happiness?

  • Bring a more beautiful world into being?

  • ?

  • The consumer economy is sustained by providing answers. The answer always has a system quality, because it offers predictability. Anytime you speak of answers, you are making a false promise. The more important dimensions of being human have no clear answer. ~Peter Block

  • ANSWERS stifle creativity stop thinking in its tracks are static and smug are endings are full of problems shut down conversation box in space freeze history stop time

  • The most interesting thing you can do in life is really the most natural thing to do:

    call into question the rules of the game. ~Alan Watts

  • ?question the answers

  • ? your questions discover

  • Why not think of any organization you're a part of as a unique medium in which you have the opportunity to create?

    My job was to be loyally subversive. ~The Creative Paradox, Orbiting the Giant Hairball

  • Your job is to be loyally subversive.

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  • Great artists do not only break the rules; they redefine them. ~John Kay, Obliquity

  • I asked the rhetorical question Who is man, the artist? and answered it by saying: he is the unspoiled core of everyman, before he is choked by schooling, training, conditioning until the artist within shrivels up and is forgotten. ~Frederick Franck, Zen of Seeing

  • ?artist

  • you!

  • The lone, discerning voice has an effect utterly disproportionate to its singularity Asked at the right time, a searching question can make a fortress collapse. ~John ODonohue

  • Places to intervene in a system The power to transcend paradigms.

    The mindset or paradigm out of which the system its goals, structure, rules, delays, parameters arises. The goals of the system

    The power to add, change, evolve, or self-organize system structure.

    The rules of the system (such as incentives, punishments, constraints) The rules of the system (such as incentives, punishments, constraints)

    The structure of information flows (who does and does not have access to information) The gain around driving positive feedback loops

    The strength of negative feedback loops, relative to the impacts they are trying to correct against. The lengths of delays, relative to the rate of system change.

    The structure of material stocks and flows (such as transport networks, population age structures)

    The sizes of buffers and other stabilizing stocks, relative to their flows.

    Constants, parameters, numbers (such as subsidies, taxes, standards Donella Meadows

  • individuals will increasingly reshape institutions rather than vice versa. [] They will become the catalysts for much broader changes playing out across the business and social landscape. ~Power of Pull

  • The power to transcend paradigms.

    The mindset or paradigm out of which the system its goals, structure, rules, delays, parameters arises. The goals of the system

    The power to add, change, evolve, or self-organize system structure.

    The rules of the system (such as incentives, punishments, constraints) The rules of the system (such as incentives, punishments, constraints)

    The structure of information flows (who does and does not have access to information) The gain around driving positive feedback loops

    The strength of negative feedback loops, relative to the impacts they are trying to correct against. The lengths of delays, relative to the rate of system change.

    The structure of material stocks and flows (such as transport networks, population age structures)

    The sizes of buffers and other stabilizing stocks, relative to their flows.

    Constants, parameters, numbers (such as subsidies, taxes, standards

    questions

  • ?questions

    transform mindsets transform paradigms

  • ?questions

    how do you discover your

  • ?timeline living legacy 100 questions obituary commencement speech five tools

  • There are pivotal moments in our lives; moments that can change our direction, our aspirations, our hearts and minds; even our spirits and who we construe ourselves to be. ~Andrew Henon

  • my life story timeline

    low points

    high points

    Timeline: lifes pivotal moments Map pivotal moments turning points when you stepped up to a challenge (or failed to), felt most alive, were deeply inspired, terribly crushed.

  • Timeline: lifes pivotal moments

    pivotal moment 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

    choice 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

    outcome 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

    What details do you remember? What did it feel like? Why is it important? How did it change you? Who might you tell the story to? What about it would move them?

  • low points

    high points

    6 weeks caring for my mother as she was dying of cancer

  • mother dying in a broken system where we are in denial of death and most people die in hospital despite wanting to die at home

    flew to Edmonton for 6 weeks to help my mom to die well at home

    Experienced both the fear and the beauty of dying process. living each day differently, working towards effecting change in the death experience.

    pivotal moment choice outcome

  • How might we rethink the death experience?

  • We can only connect the dots that we collect, which makes everything you write about you.

    Your connections are the thread that you weave into

    the cloth that becomes the story that

    only you can tell. ~Amanda Palmer

  • If your timeline is short of dots go boldly forth and start collecting!

  • 100 questions Quickly write 100 questions that feel significant to you. Do the entire list in one sitting. Without judging, read through and highlight themes that emerge.

    Choose the 10 that feel the most significant. Rank from 1-10. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

    Michael Gelb, Think Like Da Vinci

  • Michael Gelbs 10 questions

    When am I most naturally myself - what people, places, activities and circumstances allow me to be most fully myself?

    What is one thing I could stop doing? Start doing? Do differently today that would most improve the quality of my life?

    What is my greatest talent?

    How can I get paid for doing what I love?

    Who are my most inspiring role models and why?

    How can I best serve others?

    What is my heart's deepest desire?

    How am I perceived by: my closest friends? my worst enemy? my boss? my spouse/partner? children? co-workers?

    What are the blessings in my life?

    What legacy would I like to leave behind?

  • Living Legacy: stories creating futures

  • So many of us have struggled all our adult lives to improve the world and in so doing the lives of todays children, tomorrows adults. To do so we have drawn heavily on external sources of knowledge, insight and reliable generalisation, all too often, ignoring the authenticity and richness of our own experience and resulting knowing. Yet, in our practice, again and again, theories have been tried, tested, refined and re-hypothesised. Yes, we embody the totality of years of enquiry, study, reflective practice and knowledge chiselled into every aspect of our beings. ~Andrew Henon, Teacher

  • Living Legacy: stories creating futures

    What are your deepest dreams and hopes for making a difference?

    Imagine your audience. Who would you like to receive this document?

    The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow

    What are the virtues you value most?

    Now write your legacy letter

    What are your gifts? Compliments people often give you?

    Whose lives have you impacted? People whose gifts you helped to unleash?

  • Ask someone you trust who knows you well What is the story Im telling?

  • Randy Pauschs Living Legacy: The Last Lecture

    https://youtu.be/ji5_MqicxSo

    The key question to keep asking is: Are you spending your time on the

    right things? Because time is all you have.

    ~Randy Pausch

  • Obituary: what if you wrote your own? Write your obituary based on how you are living your life right now, assuming no risk.

    Answer the question Whats worth doing even if I fail? What do you want people to remember or do as a result of your life story? Write a second obituary assuming you are living