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Humanity's biggest problems are so complex and entrenched that it often seems like superhuman qualities are required to overcome them. After reading this new article on systems leadership, I realize that while the heroes of yesterday and today are certainly exceptional, there are tools and capabilities that can help us to emulate their most transformative efforts.
In Gratitude for Great Questions
We take questions for granted. Properly forged, they have the ability to induce introspection, shift perspectives, and propel change. Still in his early 20s, my friend Z. is an masterful inquirer. The gift comes, I’ve come to realize, not so much from what he asks, but rather from how he listens.
Patience requires an effort. I don’t possess that type of discipline in abundance. Maturing as a designer involves honing one’s innate impulses as much, if not more, than tangible skills. With each successive project, I’ve come to a deeper appreciation of how systems work, and the role of design in influencing them.
It has been long, bumpy road since the Kyoto Protocol was adopted in 1997. Today, while more symbolic than substantive, I am heartened to see the hard-won handshake between President Obama and Chinese President Xi, which signifies the beginning of the end of inaction.
Buying More Than Votes
The trend is only up. Our votes are getting increasingly expensive. What would a “sustainable” election look like? Dominated by economics, our campaign system is out of whack.