A Whole New Mind

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A Whole New Mind

  1. 1. A Whole New Mind<br />Daniel Pink<br />NMSA Conference Keynote<br />
  2. 2. Our mind…<br />Left Hemisphere<br />Sequential, logical, and analytical<br />Controls the right side of the body<br />Is “the thousand words”<br />Specializes in text<br />Analyzes the details<br />Right Hemisphere<br />Nonlinear, intuitive, and holistic<br />Controls the left side of the body<br />Is the “picture”<br />Specializes in context<br />Synthesizes the big picture<br />Left brain capabilities are necessary, but no longer sufficient.<br />Right brain qualities will determine who flourishes and who flounders.<br />
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  4. 4. Abundance<br />Asia<br />Automation<br />
  5. 5. Abundance<br />
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  9. 9. Asia<br />
  10. 10. Automation<br />
  11. 11. ATG (affluence, technology, globalization)<br />Conceptual Age<br />(creators/empathizers)<br />Information Age<br />(knowledge workers)<br />Industrial Age<br />(factory workers)<br />Agriculture Age<br />(farmers)<br />Time<br />
  12. 12. We have moved from an economy built on people’s backs to an economy built on people’s left brains to what is emerging today – an economy built more and more on people’s right brains.<br />
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  14. 14. Not just function but also DESIGN.<br />“Businesspeople don’t need to understand designers better. They need to be designers.”<br /> - Roger Martin, dean, <br />Rotman School of <br />Management<br />
  15. 15. Not just argument but also STORY.<br />“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.”<br /> - Roger C. Schank, <br />cognitive scientist<br />
  16. 16. Not just focus but also SYMPHONY.<br />“The key to success is to risk thinking unconventional thoughts. Convention is the enemy of progress. As long as you’ve got slightly more perception than the average wrapped loaf, you could invent something.”<br /> - Trevor Baylis, inventor<br />
  17. 17. Not just logic but also EMPATHY.<br />“The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.”<br /> - Meryl Streep, actress<br />
  18. 18. Not just seriousness but also PLAY.<br />“Games are the most elevated form of investigation.”<br /> - Albert Einstein<br />
  19. 19. Not just accumulation but also MEANING.<br />“We are born for meaning, not pleasure, unless it is pleasure that is steeped in meaning.”<br /> - Jacob Needleman<br />
  20. 20. In this new era each of us must look carefully at what we do and ask ourselves:<br />Can someone overseas do it cheaper?<br />Can a computer do it faster?<br />Am I offering something that satisfies the nonmaterial, transcendent desires of an abundant age?<br />Additionally, we must ask…<br />
  21. 21. Are we, as educators, preparing our students in such as way that they are prepared for the dawning Conceptual Age; and can they master the high-concept, high-touch abilities necessary for success?<br />

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