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Hagens’ third Intervention and Wild Idea: Sensemaking diplomats

“We need collective sensemaking as a prerequisite toward collective coordination and action.” –

No 2740 Posted by fw, June 17, 2021 —

“There is a distinction between information and how we get and perceive the information. If we are able to use social technology to reduce weaponized information and disinformation, we are still left with a core problem: The current media is like a minefield. There are some paths for truths but many fake news landmines. There are two aspects to this: One, we need information truth and science shared and disseminated from the brightest human minds. Two, we need people to believe, accept, understand. converse and collaborate on this information, even the most controversial findings, especially the most controversial findings. These are related but distinct problems. Humans and human groups receive and interpret the same information differently or not at all. One group’s signal is another group’s noise and vice versa. How do we transform information and science to meaningful conversations, innovation and the social midwifing our culture will require through the upcoming transition. We need collective sensemaking as a prerequisite toward collective coordination and action.”Nate Hagens

By way of a recap, in this, the closing stretch of his long video talk, Nate Hagens is in the midst of advancing 12 categories for “Interventions”; for each category, he will share a “Wild Idea.” In today’s repost, Hagens presents SENSEMAKING as his third of 12 Interventions, along with his third Wild Idea —Sensemaking diplomats.”

Below is my transcript of Hagens’ third Intervention and accompanying Wild Idea, which I have titled: “SENSEMAKING: Third Intervention and (Wild Idea)”. As usual, I include in this repost an embedded video of Nate’s almost 3-hour talk, featuring a synopsis of key ideas from his past written works and videos, packaged in 33 myths. In addition, I have included my subheadings (in bold italics) for selected paragraphs, and some text highlighting. And at the bottom of the repost is a list of Hagens’ 33 myths plus two others – Introduction and Interventions.

For those who would prefer to watch the embedded video on You Tube, click on the following linked title.

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Earth and Humanity: Myth and Reality, by Nate Hagens, You Tube, May 21, 2021 (2hr, 52min)

TRANSCRIPT of “SENSEMAKING: Third Intervention and (Wild Idea)” (3-minutes long, starting at 2:26:48 mark, ending at 2:29:50)

SENSEMAKING [Third Intervention and (Wild Idea)]

“The current media is like a minefield — There are some paths for truths but many fake news landmines”

There is a distinction between information and how we get and perceive the information. If we are able to use social technology to reduce weaponized information and disinformation, we are still left with a core problem: The current media is like a minefield — There are some paths for truths but many fake news landmines.

There are two aspects to this:

One, we need —

    • information truth and science — shared and disseminated — from the brightest human minds.

Two, we need —

    • people to believe – accept – understand — converse — and collaborate on this information — even the most controversial findings — especially the most controversial findings.

These are related but distinct problems

    • Humans and human groups receive and interpret the same information differently or not at all.
    • One group’s signal is another group’s noise and vice versa.
    • How do we transform information and science to meaningful conversations, innovation and the social midwifing our culture will require through the upcoming transition?

We need collective sensemaking as a prerequisite toward collective coordination and action.

So here’s the idea

“…we view information through the lenses of our in-group”

Without realizing it consciously, we view information through the lenses of our in-group. Shown here is one possible breakdown, via Peter Limberg, of the various tribes in modern US culture. We each belong to one or several of these groups. You can disagree with these categories, but the point is that there are many, dozens of different lenses and perspectives with which society receives and interprets information.

There are 8 billion people on planet Earth, but our emotional brains act as if we’re in bands of 150

As such, we desperately need something like collective intelligence. But by “collective” we have to acknowledge there is no message that will be received by all demographics. Our neocortex recognizes that we live on a planet with 8 billion people, but our emotional brains still act as if we are in small bands of 150.

We urgently need sensemaking diplomats to understand and synthesize information and empathize with other perspectives

As such, we urgently needs something like sensemaking diplomats, those individuals who can understand and synthesize information but simultaneously empathize with other tribal perspectives. Without a common language and understanding to describe and plan for the future we are lost.

The role of sensemaking diplomats will be to merge conversations towards collective understanding

To speak a common language, we have to have shared information. Shared information will require diplomats who can merge conversations across tribes towards greater understanding that meets the future halfway.

Cleaner information en route to better sensemaking en route to collective intelligence

Better information combined with wisdom traditions that mix the best individual and collective responses is the goal. We somehow need to integrate tribalism, science, and empathy of multiple lenses — Cleaner information en route to better sensemaking, en route to collective intelligence.

If we don’t solve this many of the other interventions that I’m about to suggest are going to have short runways.

2:29:50 – End of Third Intervention and Wild Idea

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LIST OF THE 33 MYTHS (plus opening introduction and closing Interventions (and Wild Ideas)

Nate notes that the myths themselves are listed in reverse numerical order from #33 down to #1, while the time markers are in chronological order from beginning to end, which facilitates their quick and easy location on the video. The myths can be watched in any order, but the order they’re in made the most sense to Hagens. To go directly to the beginning of any numbered myth or to the opening Introduction and closing Interventions and Wild Ideas, just click on the linked time stamp.

Time stamps: 0:04 — Introduction 2:20 — Myth #33: The Experts Have ALL the Answers 4:16 — Myth #32: Humans Are Separate From Nature 6:45 — Myth #31: Humans Are Mostly Selfish 12:17 — Myth #30: More Is Better 18:12 — Myth #29: “Someday I’ll Have enough” 21:18 — Myth #28: We Care About the Future 23:38 — Myth #27: Everyone Has Their Own Truth 26:37 — Myth #26: Truth Matters 29:31 — Myth #25: Energy Is Merely a Commodity 34:28 — Myth #24: The American Dream is Based on Hard Work and Cleverness 36:05 — Myth #23: Oil: The USA Will Be the Next Saudi Arabia 41:46 — Myth #22: We Can Always Get More Resources if We Have More Money 44:42 — Myth #21: Renewables Can Power THIS Civilization 50:55 — Myth #20: In the future we wont need oil due to Peak Demand!! 55:01 — Myth #19: We Can Achieve Net Zero!! (by 2050 or any date) 59:54 — Myth #18: As Earth runs out of resources, We’ll Colonize Outer Space!! 1:02:26 — Myth #17: Growth Is Forever 1:05:04 — Myth #16: GDP Is the Right Goal for Society 1:10:56 — Myth #15: Overpopulation Is the Main Driver 1:15:21 — Myth #14: Technology Will Solve It 1:21:16 — Myth #13: The Environment Is Part of the Economy 1:24:04 — Myth #12: The Natural World Is Ours 1:27:03 — Myth #11: Climate Change Is the Core Problem 1:32:44 — Myth #10: Billionaires and Politicians Are in Charge 1:38:56 — Myth #9: Financial Markets Give Us the Right Signals for the Future 1:43:22 — Myth #8: Stimulus Is Permanent 1:48:37 — Myth #7: We Need to Crash the System to Get a Fresh Start 1:52:43 — Myth #6: The Use of Nuclear Weapons Is Unthinkable 1:57:03 — Myth #5: Fossil Fuel Companies Are at Fault 2:03:01 — Myth #4: Capitalism Is to Blame 2:07:54 — Myth #3: Humans Are Bad 2:11:37 — Myth #2: We Face a Shortage of Energy 2:14:17 — Myth #1: We Are Doomed 2:19:56 — Interventions (and Wild Ideas)

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