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Dr. Louann Brizendine on Modern Life & the Female Brain

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Dr. Louann Brizendine on Modern Life & the Female Brain

Angie and I were thrilled when we were given the opportunity to speak with Dr. Brizendine on the HumanCurrent. We had previously read “The Female Brain” as a part of our office book club, and after having some rich and interesting discussions about it, our team felt deeply inspired by her research and desired to learn more. We collaborated together to craft some of our curious questions for Dr. Brizendine. We wanted to know more about how modern-day life affects the female brain because we are an office of mostly females, who recognize the struggle to find balance in work, home, and personal life.

So, one of the questions we decided to ask Dr. Brizendine in our interview with her was, how does she think modern-day life has influenced the female brain? 

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Why We Simply Love #Complexity.

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Why We Simply Love #Complexity.

Complexity runs like a current through our lives and nature without respect for the boundaries and mental borders we create, and we hope that through gaining a better understanding of how it works, we can relax a little more with a little less need for control in the sandboxes in which we play. We want to share what we learn because we believe just thinking this way will make us smarter and happier.  

Complexity simply is...

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Why Innovative Companies Hire Entrepreneurs

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Why Innovative Companies Hire Entrepreneurs

Today, companies are seeking employees who want to demonstrate personal mastery and are driven by owning their work, and these qualities are typically associated with an entrepreneurial background. So it’s no wonder why “one in three employers said they are looking for entrepreneurial experience in their potential hires”.

So, why do the most innovative companies want to “hire” entrepreneurs? Entrepreneurship is a favorable skill-set because it exposes people to a real-world and multifaceted experience, but so does alternative education. In fact, many alternative programs are designed to inspire young people by giving them the freedom to think like an entrepreneur and master skills like: resilience, innovation, creativity, and adaptability. These programs encourage students to showcase their skills and capabilities in more active, practical ways that demonstrate their passion and mastery - conversations, projects, websites and other original works. When you’re an entrepreneur, the project is you....

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Metanoia, Emergence & System Change

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Metanoia, Emergence & System Change

When the hero's journey begins, there is Metanoia. The spark that begins the quest, the change in mind or heart that drives the search of the mystic. In Gnosticism, it's an aeon, which is a name for one of the various emanations of God. 

Angie brought up metanoia in our latest episode and lately, I've been wondering about its congruence to emergence in complex systems. Emergence is the "eureka" that happens when a system interacts with its own parts and produces something new and unexpected....

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Data is Not the End of the Story

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Data is Not the End of the Story

We systems thinkers... Why do we want so badly to understand? Maybe we want to know the relationship of everything to everything else. Of self to All-That-Is. Maybe we want food on the table and world peace. Either way: complexity is the network of networks. A very BIG idea that we now have better tools to explore. Where is home for this Big Idea? What are its most massive and minute manifestations

Data is not the end of the story. There is more.... 

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When is it Right to "Trust the Process"?

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When is it Right to "Trust the Process"?

Anytime you have a group of people interacting over time, you have a complex adaptive system. You can have clear hierarchies and role requirements, but what you can't easily quantify is how powerful a role emergence will play in how projects and people take shape when they are all co-evolving. (Especially here at the HumanCurrent podcast, where we run a flat organization.) It's beautiful, really. Together people shape the work, and the work changes them.

There are a lot of factors that have agency to cause the changing shape of any system (let's take a project team as our example), but the most obvious medium for making change or progress is ideas. Here's the thing about ideas and how much power they have....

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Fractal Art from Subblue

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Fractal Art from Subblue

I was really excited to connect with this amazing artist, Tom Beddard, who kindly allowed us to use his work in the cover art for our latest episode of the HumanCurrent podcast. I was looking for an image that would communicate something I saw in a dream, a sort of "hive mind" made of interrelated ecosystems. And there it was, a 3D fractal world....

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States of "Flow"

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States of "Flow"

In states of "flow", inspiration and ease come effortlessly and a person does things for the sheer joy of doing them. Flow states allow us to more easily perceive networks of relationships between the elements of our selves and our environment, and to handle complexity with grace and ease. What happens in these states?....

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