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What's Changing? - Listening



Please see below selected recent listening-related change.


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July 2022

  • Kate Murphy, in her book You’re Not Listening (2020), framed modern life as particularly antagonistic to good listening, saying that we are encouraged to listen to our hearts, listen to our inner voices, and listen to our guts, but rarely are we encouraged to listen carefully and with intent to other people.
  • For The School of Life, however difficult our past might have been, we have each banked enough experience of adulthood to put our complex character together. The challenge is regularly to check in and ensure that the adult has as much of our airtime as possible. It’s entirely within our remits to shape the running order of who speaks to us internally, and when. The adult is already inside us, now we need to ensure we listen to the wisdom they, and therefore we, already well know about how to lead the rest of our lives. 


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September 2021

  • Listening well to another person may mean taking them very seriously while not necessarily sticking only to the surface of their words. ‘I hate you’ may mean ‘I love you’; ‘I don’t care’ may mean ‘I’m very scared.’ Something important may be being said to us, but its full meaning may be to the side of the words that have actually been uttered. We might, along with listening, need to do a bit of "translating" (many foreign languages are riddled with what translators call ‘false friends’ – words which strongly suggest they mean one thing when they in fact mean another. One of the key steps to successfully learning a foreign language is to get used to discounting the ‘obvious’ implications of certain words and to force ourselves to work harder at determining their true meaning).


August 2021

  • In, Why We Need to Feel Heard, The School of Life explained that one of our deepest longings - deeper than we even perhaps recognise day to to day - is that other people should acknowledge certain of our feelings. We want that, at key moments, our sufferings should be understood, our anxieties noticed and our sadness lent legitimacy. We don’t want others necessarily to agree with all our feelings, but what we crave is that they at least validate them. 


July 2021


May 2021

  • As part of a three-year partnership with mental health charity Samaritans, UK mobile phone operator Three launched a campaign geared to helping everyone become a better listener. The campaign - developed by Wonderhood Studios for TV, social and radio - illustrates five problematic listening styles to help people identify which traits they may have and how not to be an Attention Splitter, Filler, Fixer, Interviewer or Worrier. Three provides practical tips like asking open questions to give a friend space to explore and express their feelings, practicing non-judgmental listening, not filling awkward silences and resisting the urge to fix a friend's problem.


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March 2021

  • Maria Popova extols the "sanctifying power of listening" and finds it in what writer Holly M. McGhee and illustrator Pascal Lemaître explore in the simply titled Listen , what Popova calls a "serenade to the heart-expanding, life-enriching, world-ennobling art of attentiveness as a wellspring of self-understanding, of empathy for others, of reverence for the loveliness of life", and evocative of philosopher Simone Weil’s assertion that “attention, taken to its highest degree, is the same thing as prayer.”


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September 2019

  • Reports revealed that contractors had reviewed voice recordings for Apple’s SiriAmazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant. Whistleblowers revealed they had overheard private discussions between doctors and patients, sexual encounters, business deals and more. The voice assistants in our homes, cars and pockets were often summoned accidentally, and although anonymous, these revelations confirmed a common fear shared by many in today’s interconnected, always-on society... that maybe, someone really is always listening in on us, claimed the Future Today Institute (FTI).
  • Smart speakers, audio recorders built into our various gadgets, digital phone assistants and a host of advanced AI technologies means we often come into contact with persistent audio surveillance systems. This is especially true in public areas. China has already deployed networks of speakers that eavesdrop on conversations to extract meaning. In 2018, Walmart patented technology to listen in on the interactions between store guests and employees, as well as ambient noise: clothing being moved on and off racks, items being selected from shelves, and the clicking sounds we make on our mobile devices. All of this noise can be used to hunt for insights, added FTI, warning that under a worst-case scenario big tech and consumer device industries would collect and store our conversations surreptitiously, anonymise and sell it to developers who would then allow others access to our voice data: business intelligence firms, market research agencies, polling agencies, political parties and individual law enforcement organisations. Consumers would have little to no ability to see and understand how their voice data are being used and by whom. 


August 2019

  • The Art of Deep Listening argued that, despite the fact that 55% of our time is spent listening, deep listening is a skill that only 2% of people really grasp. The book argues that we can practice and apply deep listening, and doing so can prevent miscommunications and their effects in the workplace such as job turnover and lost sales.


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