For so long, we’ve spent our energy on problem-solving. But what if we shifted ourselves to find the elements that can create flourishing outcomes? It sounds easy – and it may even sound like common sense, but there may just be something more profound to it.
So, to discover these environments and what will truly help us thrive in the unknown future, we will have to take a deeper look at the full breadth of the world around us. What works for us isn’t going to work for everyone, and what works for all can restrict the one.
This means we must look at our systems as an adaptive tapestry of different meanings and potentials. Undoubtedly, if we were to look at the world, you could say that’s what we’ve been trying to do for the past several hundred, if not thousands of years. Even though it has come out with the language of destruction rather than creation.
As we discover living environments, one of the focuses will be understanding a range of contradictory elements like:
Autonomy vs. Community
Order vs. Disorder
Growth vs. Stability
It is these dichotomies that many of our troubles and arguments can come down to. Since we each have our own preferences, we should stop arguing which way of being is right. Instead, we should take a look at which forms of being we can incorporate into our environments.
Suppose we can reduce the complexities into this simple set of binaries. In that case, there’s a chance that we have more open conversations that don’t always have to be split into right or wrong.
To understand the conditions of thriving environments, it will take a cross-discipline approach. From the individual to social dynamics, we can find new ways to integrate opposing ideas into a breadth of practices to solve the situations we face.
What are they?
Narrative theory and complex science will be foundational in the concept of living environments. Each has a unique ability to apply a consistent system with plenty of room for variation.
With narrative theory, sentiment and perspectives can be drawn to develop individualized attitudes from the micro to macro scale. And as one of our most natural tools for understanding, it gives us a chance to apply this across many different scenarios from finance to human resources.
Complex science gives us to dive into the complicated systems of our world. This emerging scientific field can prove helpful in the coming years as the internet of things becomes an increasingly important part of our lives. Giving both mathematic consistency and visualizable maps, we can make the complex easier to understand.
To develop a set of metrics, we will have to dive into traditional human-centered disciplines. Psychology will allow us to dive into the diversity of the human mind and expand on what makes us different and how we can work that into a system of our similarities.
To combat the difficulties of modern life, the Psychology of Mattering will be a significant focus. Coming from history where particular perspectives have reigned dominant, we should find new ways to incorporate new methods alongside convention. Though it will not be easy, attributing and developing value will help us the many tensions.
The comprehensive model of Big 5 Personality Traits will be vital as well. In a mixture of sociodynamics, systems theory, and game theory, we can discover how we navigate the world differently. Uprooting traditional misunderstandings, let’s say between agreeable and disagreeable individuals, will allow environments to grow a healthy diversity.
And as we look to fill the nuanced gray areas, ideas from disciplines like communications, linguistics, and philosophy will allow us to supply in-depth explanatory differences. And with this depth, we look to find more in common than what’s not.
With this approach, I hope to bring a new way to look at the world –both dynamic and consistent. It will be a challenge, but in time, maybe we can mine the potential for utility.