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What's Changing? - Openness



Please see below selected recent openness-related change.


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  • The Japanese term shoshin is a concept that comes from Zen Buddhism. The idea is that everyone - no matter how advanced or experienced they are - should try to approach things with the same openness, curiosity, flexibility and desire to learn that characterises the attitude of beginners. “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s, there are few,” wrote the Buddhist Monk Shunryu Suzuki in his 1970 book Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. The expert, unlike the novice, has over time built up a whole range of assumptions, preconceptions and habits. These might have helped them reach their level of expertise, but holding on to them without any questioning or re-examination can end up clouding the mind instead.


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April 2020

  • TrendWatching talks about the emergence of the "glass box". The idea is this: an organisation used to be a black box. For the most part, no one could see inside. The brand – and any organisation projects a brand of some kind – was whatever those inside the box painted on the outward-facing walls. People could come and look at the brand. They either liked it, or they didn’t. And that, pretty much, was that. Today, an organisation is a glass box. People can see inside. They can see the people, the processes, and the values at work. In other words, they can see the organisation’s internal culture. And once people can see that culture, they will feel something about it. That is to say, it will become part of the set of cognitive and emotional associations that they tie to the organisation. It will become part of — perhaps the most important part of — the organisation’s brand.


November 2019

  • Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Constantly Changing World discussed Leonard Mlodinow’s work on "elastic thinking" and his book on the subject. Elastic thinking helps generate new and novel ideas and helps balance the analytical style many generally prefer. It argues that the less rigid we are in our thinking, the more open-minded, creative, and innovative we can become.
  • The BBC made its news site available on the TOR network. Commonly known as the ‘dark web’, traffic on the TOR browser is routed across the network via multiple nodes which make it hard to locate or identify individual users. The BBC’s initiative is designed to enable people in locations where authorities block access to international news to continue to access the site. The BBC’s Arabic, Persian, Russian news sites are available, as well as the English language international edition.


September 2019

  • Social media curation allows us increasingly to indulge our biases, rather than challenge them, exclude viewpoints we don’t agree with and live in a filter bubble, logging into a so-called “daily me”, where the only echo is of voices that sound like us. “We’re breeding ignorance in an age of enlightenment,” says Stephen Frost, chief executive of Frost Included. “It’s a double whammy; not only are we sleepwalking into polarised views, we simultaneously think we’re more informed or even objective than at any time before. The problem is greater than we realise at the same time as our propensity to tackle it is diminished.


March 2019

  • For The School of Life, the gap between the knowledge we have of ourselves and the public evidence of the nature of others can end up feeling intensely bewildering and painful. We may wonder why we may have ended up quite so strange, our lives so difficult, our characters so crooked. Our sense of isolation is never greater than when we run into the armies, widely distributed through society, of the closed-minded. Full of broadly benevolent intention, these types nevertheless keep a close eye on any signs of the more regrettable aspects of human nature and are ready to censor their appearance from the first. We learn to recognise their disapproval and to keep our shadow sides especially private in their vicinity – which protects our reputations, but increases our underlying sense of freakish isolation.


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June 2018

  • There are now reportedly more physical barriers at European borders than at any time during the Cold War, and it’s not just a European trend. According to a 2016 report in The Economist, since the fall of the Berlin Wall more than forty countries around the world have built fences against more than sixty of their neighbours.