Change only happens when people change their minds. (Doesn't it?)
Focus questions for Adelaide Lunchtime
Seminar, 19 January 2018
Venue: · Adelaide
About Focus Questions: a) Please read them before you come to the
meetup. Think about them so you have more than "instant opinions" to
offer. b) Feel free to add more focus questions. c) THE FOCUS
QUESTIONS ARE JUST A MENU TO CHOOSE FROM. From this menu we can
discuss whatever seems interesting. d) Focus questions are not
intended to push one viewpoint! You can adopt any position you wish.
We actually like friendly disagreement - it can lead to deeper
Themes for this topic
Art, music, cuisine,
technology & science, problem solving strategies/mindsets,
education, economics, politics
1. DOES CHANGE ONLY HAPPEN WHEN PEOPLE
CHANGE THEIR MINDS? "Change happens ... when people change their
minds. If everyone just talks to everyone they agree with right now,
by definition, change will not occur.” - Anthony Albanese (Guardian,
6 December 2018 -
) Do you agree with Anthony Albanese? Can you think of particular
examples which verify or contradict his argument?
PARTS OF YOU ARE IDEALIST, REALIST OR JUST DELUDED? - can you be a
non-ideological person in an ideological world?
3. WHAT IS
THE BEST BALANCE BETWEEN ADAPTABILITY AND RESISTANCE TO CHANGE?
Adaptability is supposed to be the supreme advantage which homo
sapiens hold over other species. Yet a person who is infinitely
adaptable, for example to social and political environments, is
often derided as lacking principles or consistency.
DO YOU SEE THE BALANCE OF POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE CHANGES THAT HAVE
OCCURRED IN SOME PART OF YOUR OWN LIFE? Change can happen in any
part of a person's life, and in any part of a culture or country's
5. DO YOU TEND TO RESIST THE UNCERTAINTY OF CHANGE,
OR DO YOU RELISH IT? Some changes are sought after, some are
imposed, and some arrive unexpectedly for everyone. In general, do
you seek a quiet life where change is minimized, or do you like to
surf the uncertainty of whatever life serves up? Why?
WHAT (IF ANYTHING) HAS CAUSED YOU TO CHANGE THE MORAL, PHILOSOPHICAL
OR PHYSICAL BOUNDARIES WITHIN WHICH YOU LIVE? Almost every system in
nature, and in technology, varies (often randomly) within certain
boundaries. That is true of your heartbeat, of weather patterns, of
the path of a bus on a certain route. Such boundaries promote
efficiency and predictability. For the same reason, people may
choose to function with the boundaries of a religion or ideology
(regardless of whether its principles make rational sense). Many of
us during our lives have chosen or been forced to select different
boundaries. Think of examples.
7. HUMANS CONSIDER THEMSELVES
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE AND WILL FIGHT OVER NATURAL CHANGES AS
VICIOUSLY AS THEY FIGHT OVER CHOSEN CHANGES. IS THIS STRUGGLE SIMPLY
STUPID, OR DOES IT HAVE VALUE? Some types of natural change continue
at all times: e.g. climate change, genetic mutation, language change
etc. The rate of change in such phenomena does vary, and the
direction of change is often not predictable.
8. THINK OF
EXAMPLES WHERE A FAILURE TO ALLOW LIMITED OR CYCLICAL CHANGE HAS
LEAD TO BREAKDOWN. One type of change is oscillation within known
boundaries. A pendulum clock oscillates in this way. if it didn't it
couldn't function at all. The success of political parties, and over
a longer time frame, human power structures generally, also
oscillate between certain extremes. Where they don't, this has
historically led to cultural sclerosis and failure. Individuals also
oscillate in daily, weekly and lifetime cycles of activity. e.g. We
might be highly disciplined within a work environment, but break
loose or even be chaotic on weekends.
9. ARE PROFESSIONAL
'CHANGE MANAGERS' JUST PARASITES, OR DO THEY HAVE SOMETHING USEFUL
TO CONTRIBUTE? WHAT WOULD THEY HAVE TO OFFER TO BE USEFUL? "Change
manager" is one of the new new career titles found in industry,
government and commerce. There is also a tribe calling themselves
"change consultants"? Objectively, their record has often been
dubious. This might or might not be inevitable.
CHANGE AND OPPOSITION TO CHANGE REALLY BE FENCED IN BY A POLITICAL
IDEOLOGY? Why do political party names so often poorly reflect the
behaviour of their members? For example, a common political divide
worldwide is apparently between conservatives and progressives.
However, once a party name is chosen supposedly reflecting these
tendencies, relatively progressive and conservative personality
types cluster under EACH banner.
Comments & Extra Reading
1. articles at
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