We are living through a perfect post-modern storm of our own making. Three recent books have some great insight on this. adrienne maree brown's Emergent Strategy, Steve McIntosh's Developmental Politics and Jamie Wheal's Recapture the Rapture.
There are three intersecting issues that make up this perfect storm.
It isn't pretty when people lose a sense of meaning and hope.
In the face of an increasingly wobbly world, all is not lost! Let's remember that this planet has managed to endure for 4.5 billion years so far, and there's been life on the planet for 3.5 billion of those years. A key reason why we, and so many other forms of life, have made it as far as we have is the principle of anti-fragility. This is a term coined by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of Black Swan.
While the term may be new, the idea has always been with us. Anti-fragility is one better than resilience. It's about not just holding your own against stress and challenge, but actually using challenges to get better. Not just holding our own, but getting better!
These four ideas are at the heart of the four commitments we use as an organizing principle for the Joyful Impact journey:
As you think about how to apply the concept of anti-fragility to how you answer your call to make the world a better place, a great starting point are these 7 pillars of personal development for change agents. Check out the posts in this blog on each of these pillars, and look for ways to stretch and diversify your routines and go-to strategies in each of these areas.
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