In ‘Cultivating Curiosity by Growing Change Resilience’ we will be learning how the fruit of curiosity grows out of the soil of resilience. We will discover the relationship between curiosity and resilience, and explore how we ourselves can become more resilient, and, as a result, more curious.
Curiosity is increasingly understood as an attitude and characteristic of great value in a rapidly changing world and work environment. In the face of the radical technological/social transformations of the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’ (AI, 3D-Printing, driverless vehicles, nanotechnology, blockchain, the Internet of Things, etc.) volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) are not the exception, but the norm. Trying to navigate what can feel like a constant storm of change can become personally and organisationally exhausting and bewildering. Unfortunately, this kind of stress can discourage and hinder curiosity right when we need it most. While curiosity is our most useful aptitude in navigating (as well as initiating) disruptive change, activating and sustaining curiosity requires resilience.
Curiosity & Mindfulness
In the course of the workshop, we will explore what curiosity is, its role in human evolution and in organizational success, and how we begin losing it. We’ll look at personal and organizational identity as living systems with boundaries that can be challenged, provoked and disrupted in ways that create change stress. We’ll study stress and how its positive and negative attributes can be amplified by behavioral habits. We’ll look into the neurology and physiology of stress and habit and how individuals and organizations can get ‘stuck’ and ‘frozen’ in destructive feedback loops.
To learn how to escape these negative loops we’ll flip Maslow’s hierarchy of needs upside-down putting ‘purpose’ first, we’ll find out if our resilience cup’s half-full or half-empty, learn how to re-stock our resilience, and make a resilience commitment to ourselves. Throughout the workshop, we’ll progressively revisit ‘mindfulness’ and go through a series of ‘mindfulness exercises’ in which you’ll learn, step-by-step, the basics of mindfulness and mindfulness meditation.
This workshop is a highly interactive journey that uses science, storytelling, crafts, exercises and mindfulness practices. Meaningful questions and thought-provoking discussions are encouraged and expected. Great importance is placed on engagement, participation and experiential learning.
Participants will come away with new concepts on curiosity and identity and a new perspective on change stress, as well as a practical method (mindfulness & mindfulness meditation) and a new understanding of resilience, all of which can be applied to your VUCA world, at home and at work, any day and any time.
- Gain an understanding of what curiosity is, and why it is so important.
- Learn about identity and boundaries, personal and organizational.
- Learn how disruptive change can create stress.
- Learn how stress affects us personally, and in our organizations.
- Learn about resilience: how resilient are we… really; and how to become more resilient so that we can cultivate curiosity towards our most ‘wicked problems’.
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