With an onslaught of technology and accelerating complexity, we’re at risk of become dehumanized as our brains are torn between competing priorities: Data versus People. The solution is surprising and simple, and it starts with a tiny gift. What do you think & feel?  Here’s a few min of my perspective from TEDxSantaCruz – share your comments below!

Here’s are a couple of excerpts: “I’d like to talk to you about the mess we’re in with increasing complexity. First: Is life more complex today than 10 years ago? How is that working for you? And how is that complexity affecting our collective ability to thrive?  

3 facts:

1. Stress is increasing – research says it’s gone up around 20% over 25 years. (more on increasing stress) 2. Complexity is increasing – according to IBM our planet is now handling “2.5 quintillion bytes of data — and 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone.” 3. Isolation is increasing – despite ALL the ways we have of connecting (and research suggest that partly because of all those ways) – we feel less connected. A 2010 study by AARP found one out of three adults reported being chronically lonely – which is a 65% increase from 2000.  Meanwhile the NYT reported that in about the same period, suicide among adults increased by 30%.

  So we have this rising tide.  We’re overloaded, and it’s painful. Plus, just when we need to become BETTER at connecting, we’re getting worse at it. 13910113266_5a5c465aa5_bWhat skills do we need to navigate this mess – and stay clear about what REALLY MATTERS?  Can we learn & teach those skills?  And what if a lot of people, like a billion, decided to actively work on practicing those skills? …

Handling the Rising Tide of Complexity

The bottom line:  We’re living in a time that’s creating an increasing demand on our social and emotional capabilities.  We are struggling with overload. We can find our way through all this rising complexity, and build a future that is both sustainable, and worth creating.  We’ll do that by increasing our emotional intelligence. But knowledge isn’t enough.  It’s not enough to be aware.  These are skills we can all develop and USE.  So our goal is that by 2039 a billion people are practicing emotional intelligence.” (more about the vision)  

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Joshua Freedman

Joshua is one of the world’s preeminent experts on developing emotional intelligence to create positive change. With warmth and authenticity, he translates leading-edge science into practical, applicable terms that improve the quality of relationships to unlock enduring success. Joshua leads the world’s largest network of emotional intelligence practitioners and researchers.
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