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Asymmetric Self-Awareness

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means “to be cognizant, conscious, awake, alert, watchful, and vigilant,” adjectives that mean mindful or heedful of something. Aware implies knowledge gained through one’s perceptions, the attitudes of others. Ignorance and obliviousness are the opposites of awareness.

Pre·sup·pose: vt
1.To believe that a particular thing is true before there is any proof of it
2.To make something necessary if a particular thing is to be shown to be true or false.

“When institutions experience a history, false consciencness in the form of reification may emerge. Reification occurs when the individual does not see her authorship of the world, but see and objective “thing”, unmalleable and impermeable. – Thus as social constructions go through repetition and habitualization, the social world takes on the appearance of non-human facticity. Reification occurs, then, as the individual forgets that the world is a human production.”
Frank J. Barrett and Suresh Srivasiva
History as a Mode of Inquiry in Organizational Life: A Role for Human Cosmogony


Lifestyles enable experience, acquainting individuals and organizations with emerging literacies.

To be asymmetrically aware means to hold and practice an understanding that life and its many experiences aren’t solely defined or confined by assumptions, beliefs and constructions that are widely held as truth. Both the enemy and origin of the defined, is ones power of definition, itself rooted in curiosity, imagination and also ones need for order. It is to recognize a better choice amongst scarcity and realizing ones ability to act upon it. Another important aspect of self awareness is taking stock of ones multiple identities and thinking processes that accompany them,

Shifts in our attention, driven by emergent desires triggers symmetry-breaking awakenings, continually transforming what one can be and is aware of. Asymmetrical awareness is discovered through satisfying a curiosity to test apparent boundaries and their presupposed limitations while learning more about the contexts and conditions within which they operate. How do our current educational models and business cultures encourage and feed this curiosity?

Development tools are used for risk management, quality assurance and process improvement. Which serve a good purpose, but alone should not guide human development and exploration.

– Anticipating that technology will make obsolete those literacy behaviors that educational psychologists identify as concrete/sequential, Putrajaya’s education of the young will favor those with abstract/random abilities; as one architect sketched, “smart schools will allow teachers to concentrate on the right-hand side of the brain, the creative side. Educating the left-hand side of the brain can be automated” (Jacques, 1997). – Source: Changing Literacies: History, Technology, and the Global Village- by Thomas E. Gage”

– One goal of asymmetric literacy is to encourage a greater intentional cooperation and synthesis between the right and left-brain thinking. We believe that the mind and its imagination can become more potent and sustainable by encouraging both symmetrical and asymmetrical lifestyles and learning. Filling out more faculties and functions and Getting more forms of intelligence to work together increases creative horse power. The “Four-star Generalist” equipped with a full spectrum imagination is a critical force multiplier worth having on any team, in any circumstance.

NETWORTH OF IDENTITIES: Developing the multiple-personality-is-order.
In George Simmel’s Web of Group Affiliations, he suggests that, while social groups are composed of individuals, it is through those group affiliations that we are defined as
individuals. Without seeing something in different contexts, it is difficult to define it as it own entity. Otherwise we make the error of seeing it only as a part of something else. Simmel suggests that we become more and more defined by each new group that we join or are affiliated with. Our individuality is
born at the at the center of the different influences that affect us.

– Web of Group Affiliations also suggests we have developed a diverse network of internal identities. The generative metaphors for individuals and organizations are Flexibility, permeability, protean, saturation, multiplictious. (Turkle, Martin, Reingold, Liften) We suggest that beyond adaptive potential, this awareness of self enriches and enhances ones potential to imagine through the multivocal and interdialogical traits of ones identity. Maximizing these qualities is not only then a question of increased communication. But also the conscious cultivation of metaphor for its potential to initiate a new quality of conversation between our identities and there subsequent literacies, due to its ability to enhance awareness of relatedness, and retrieval of understanding (McLuhan). Interpersonal dialogues create perspectival relativity and inquiry required for the co-exploration and co-creation of a new generation of perspectives and tools that are equipped to develop alternative forms of interpretation and creation.
– Is the net worth of identities their potential fuse an imaginative big bang enabled by the agile translation and migration of understanding between roles?

To meet the competitive challenges and creative dilemmas of the future a parallel capability of passionate imaginative pursuit needs to be developed to gain unconventional vantages of possibility. One tool for acquiring new forms of knowledge and understanding is immersion and engagement in original experiences.


Written by rthomas

November 30, 2009 at 2:28 pm

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