In this extract (pp. 49-50) from FutureSense: Five Explorations of Whole Intelligence for a World That’s Waking Up, published in 2015, I wanted to share my experience of what I had noticed people reporting– about the times in their lives when they had felt most effective, competent, satisfied, and fulfilled.
They report such occurrences happening ...
Together, these five encapsulations – which summarise the dimensions, varieties, or reflections of whole intelligence – constitute a map, to help the traveller or reader who is exploring them for themselves or for their organisation.
(An extract from Future Sense: Five Explorations of Whole Intelligence for a World That’s Waking Up, published in 2015 (pp. 51-54)
‘What are the defining values that characterise the five Explorations? Or, what end, or destination, do I have in mind for each of the different Explorations?’ I realised I had never asked myself these questions – nor acknowledged that the answers were bound to be personal in nature.Inevitably, my values were part of what I was bringing to the enterprise, and must have lain in unarticulated form at the core of my approach from the start. I just had never thought about my values so explicitly, to the point of putting them into words.
I allowed the question of defining values to sit with me, as I brewed a pot of coffee. Then I realised that, actually, I knew clearly what values underlay this work: I just had not known that I knew them. As they came rapidly into focus, I wrote them down. They represent the five core values that are associated, for me, with the fiveExplorations as described in the remainder of the book: they do not represent all my personal values, or all those I discern and respect in others’ lives and work. But if I ponder each of the five dimensions of whole intelligence these are what fuels my commitment to each one, these are what are significant.