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CULTIVATING THE FUTURE: INTEGRATING IDEALISM AND RATIONALITY Aaron Packard, The Idealist Collaboration, Wellington, New Zealand aaronpackard@hotmail.com Seth Hickling, The Idealist Collaboration, Wellington, New Zealand seth@moxham.net.nz Theme: Inner / Social Transformation Research Domain: Independent Domain ABSTRACT This paper is a collaborative approach to finding the level of thinking that Einstein suggested was required to ‘solve the problems of today’. We use our experiences and insight as young idealistic P keh (of European descent) New Zealanders to unravel the challenges and opportunities that our own worldview has constructed to reaching this level of thinking. We use a simple model which helps us to progress from the reductionist default mode of our worldview, through the chaotic complexity of the world and into a deeper place of knowing and presence. Moving through this process helps us to shift from the problem oriented thinking to a way of being in which problems dissolve into challenges and opportunities. The resultant shift from integrating the idealism of our hearts with the rationality of our heads shifts our perception of the world from tunnel vision to 360 degree vision. “The problems of today cannot be solved with the thinking that created them” - Albert Einstein Einstein’s quote: “The problems of today cannot be solved with the thinking that created them” gets frequent citation, without too much consideration for what it actually means. This paper interprets Einstein’s ‘problems’ as those things that are prohibitive to positive development. What sort of ‘thinking’ is required of us to be able to solve the multitude of ‘problems’? What significance does that bear on the way in which we seek to solve these problems? This paper explores that new level of thinking and how we access it. This paper is a collaboration between like-minded friends responding to the call to forge new approaches to the many ‘problems’ that we collectively face. We have not attempted to solve any particular problems – to do so would be to continue with the thinking that created them. Instead, we have entered a space of deep listening to the future as it emerges and how that
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might lift us out of our endless problem solving. In this context, the writing of this paper shifts openly in and out of different voices as a ripe variety of different conscious voices emerge. In this sense we are reflexive about how we might be projecting and giving voice to our intentions: we are of the view that we are attending to more than just single issue problems. As we take a step back and practice deep listening we become present to the chance that ‘problems’ dissolve into challenges and opportunities. We associate ourselves in this way through a shifting personal and simultaneously, interpersonal global dialogue attending to common concerns that affect us as individuals, as colleagues and as a collective whole. As the reader, we ask that you join us by suspending judgement and listening for the
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