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Leading Change in an Exponential World
August 13, 2022 at 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm CEST
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We are profoundly lucky to live in a world filled with inspiring ideas, scientific progress, and enormous amounts of free information on the internet. If ideas alone were enough, though, wouldn’t we already live in a utopia?
Separating the good from the bad and the true from the false requires critical thinking and this is perhaps one of the key bottlenecks to addressing challenges like sustainability, inequality, and climate change. However, even when the perfect idea is identified, the process of change itself is difficult. Who has not struggled with doing what they already know they need to do – like exercising more, having a difficult conversation with a partner or coworker, or simply saying no to a request that does not align with our values?
Society and organizations consist of individuals, and the potential for change at this level is the sum of each individual’s ability to do so. If we can’t change ourselves how can we hope to contribute to better organizations, a better society, and a better world?
We need more people capable of leading change in themselves, their communities, and their companies. The ideal of Revolutionary Character empowers change at an individual and organizational level, combining empirically-supported theories with critical discussion and community. It is built on foundations of neuroscience, humanistic and positive psychology, flow science, and ACT Therapy and brings the science behind human thriving, change, and performance to change makers – allowing us to live better while unlocking the human creativity and drive needed to solve problems in an exponential world.
Come discuss your own goals and experiences with fellow optimists and change-makers as we each prepare to lead change.
Discussion Questions for the Salon:
- Do you believe that success leads to happiness and mental health or the other way around? Why?
- What are some ways that you engage in experiential avoidance or escape unpleasant internal experiences that may otherwise lead you to growth? Can you think of a time when this has kept you from accomplishing goals or from living in accordance with your values?
- Can you think of ways in which better caring for specific individual needs would unlock more thriving in your life?
- Do you agree that experiential avoidance and insufficient care for our basic needs are bigger barriers to thriving than finding the theory we need to solve our problems?
- What is experiential avoidance? (3 minute video)
- Transcending Maslow’s Pyramid (1 page article)
- The Why of Revolutionary Character (1 page article)
- Revolutionary Character v0.5
Optional Deep Dive Readings