The Five Literacies of Global Leadership (w/ Richard Hames)
June 16, 2010 09:41
The Five Literacies of Global Leadership
Richard Hames and Ken Wilber
"A new scientific truth does not trump by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it." -Max Planck
In other words, old beliefs die when believers in old beliefs die—or, as Ken Wilber likes to say, "the knowledge quest proceeds funeral by funeral." From time immemorial this has been the way of progress: new ideas take hold only as new generations can take them for granted, while old ideas perpetually rage, rage against the dying of the light. But what happens when the pace of change accelerates to today's breakneck speed, and new ideas emerge faster than we're able to implement them? What happens when the scale and urgency of our global problems so outweigh our current military, governmental, industrial, and economic systems, forcing us to adapt more quickly and extensively than we've ever needed to before? How can we continue to move the knowledge quest forward, retiring obsolete ideas and faulty assumptions while ensuring that the next funeral will not be our own?
Here author and futurist David Hames talks with Ken about some of the key skills needed to adapt to life in the 21st century. Really, these are so much more than skills—they are more like entire intelligences or languages that today's leaders need to be fluent in if they wish to thrive in today's world, including:
- Networked Intelligence (the ability to connect with others & express the complexity of the ecosystem)
- Futuring (the ability to visualize & imagine future possibilities)
- Strategic Navigation (the ability to learn to adapt as fast as change itself)
- Deep Design (the ability to create wisdom through dialogue)
- Brand Resonance (the ability to create attention that awakens your unique value in others)
Listen as David and Ken plot a course to more sane and sustainable future, unfolding a vision that calls us to greater possibilities, greater prosperity, and our own greatest potential.
"Probably the most critical thing about the Five Literacies is that it is an integral praxis--it's not a theory, it's not a method, it's a holistic view of integral praxis in terms of knowing what one should be practicing, but then becoming more than you have been in the process." - Richard Hames