Sense-making | Episode 5

How do we make sense, not just of ourselves, but of other people, other ways of seeing the world and of our environment as a whole? In this episode we look into our ability to sense-make and explore what it takes to find signal in a noisy world.
From the utility and limitations of metaphors to an approach for building empathy in the interactions we have with others, sense-making plays a key role in how we participate in the world around us. Dive in to the episode to see how the conversation unfolds. 

Date of Recording
November 26th 2020 

  • Summary of last episode - intro to machine and informational metaphor (02:11)
  • Why metaphors are useful but insufficient (05:23)
  • The flip side of using informational metaphors (12:04
  • The ineffable lived experience of culture (14:23)
  • The danger of applying the mechanical or software lens too tightly (17:21
  • The informational driven patterns and human experience (19:24)
  • Tool invention to sense-making (22:06)
  • The decoupling of innovation and human experience (25:01)
  • The blank slate fallacy (29:23)
  • Rejecting the narrative (33:27)
  • Psychological triggers and Forrest Landry‚Äôs three levels of perception (35:26)
  • Building Sovereignty (42:16)
  • Jungian sub-personalities and social media (44:13)
  • Sub-personalities and the polluted information ecology (51:17
  • Reframing personal relationships as a pathway to empathy and crossing divides (52:49)
  • Finding the signal in the noise (01:00:19)
  • Collapsing into worldviews, sense-making and bridge building (01:02:00)
  • Holding and seeking value in multiple perspectives (01:12:17)
  • The psychology of anxiety in uncertainty (01:15:08)
  • Stepping into the undefined and navigating the unknown as agents (01:21:30)
  • The new metaphors - the surfer (01:23:07)
  • Takeaways and questions to ask ourselves (01:27:38)
Questions to ponder over
  • What might be some of the other ways of finding signal in the noise in our arenas as we try to navigate them? How might we do that? 
  • How might we hold the uncertainty that we need to hold for others and the people around us? 
  • How else do we use metaphors to make sense of our world?
Links to explore 

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