Volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity fill our world. We feel confused not knowing which direction to follow and if the chosen direction hides both pleasant and unpleasant surprises.
This leads to our confusion. Confusion brings stress, hesitation, procrastination, and anxiety. As the confusion persists its ill-effects buildup rapidly.
With mounting confusion, we either open up to, the new possibilities it offers or close up our minds and sit comfortably in the paradox of the comfort of an anxious state.
Confusion requires a discovery mind to wonder where the next step shall take and what adventures of wonderment are opening. The mind may settle for accepting the gut message it receives. The beauty of this is the realization that it is a discovery and courage to adventure it in small steps to probe and sense what unfolds. There is no room for self-blame in adventuring in unknown lands.
In extraordinary confusing situations, we need extraordinary minds to meet the challenges of confusion. The established types of thinking including critical thinking, diverse thinking, convergent thinking, creative thinking, logical thinking, and analytical thinking shall mostly fall short of meeting the emergent challenges. Mostly we need all types of thinkers to work together in synchronicity to probe and sense the situation before acting.
We need a new type of thinking. I may call it
- Hybridized Thinking– with all different thinking types mixed.
- Fractal Thinking– to observe the emerging patterns
- Zooming Thinking– with minds collectively zooming in and out of a confusing situation to see how things unfold.
Zooming thinking requires a fractal-structured platform to allow minds to work together. I want to remind the readers that as much as the human body and its organs are complex, the body gives simple indicators about its healthiness. For example, the temperature, pulse rate, and respiration rate are simple indicators of the wellness of the whole body. This is because if one part of the body complains the whole body complains too.
This is a form of simplexity (simple and complex words fused together). Likewise, we want to have a body of thinking that offers simple indicators of information in complex situations.
Here is where I find the great power of fractal grids that Dr. Rod King invented. It is a fractal grid accommodating all types of thinkers to think together and to fuse their minds. The more we zoom in on the fractal grid the more it allows more minds to work together. In fact, just for nine minds to work together at level 1 it allows for eight minds to do so at Level 2.
It is the zooming of all types of thinkers to work together that allows for zooming thinking to emerge. I believe this is the way.