CityVP Manjit

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ObservingWhen I look at branding, selling, social media and marketing etc it is through the orange lens.  Ironically BeBee's colour happens to orange so I will paraphrase the scene in Good Will Hunting "How do you like them Oranges" ObservingWe are so ingrained by this word "follower" that we don't think twice why we are "followers".  If others are heavy into religion or they like worshipping the cult of celebrity or they are good with idolizing the superficial, I say that is freedom of choice and good on you if you do, but that isn't me and maybe there is an economic return to following, but I look for a learning return, because that kind of freedom is something nobody can buy - it is either something we choose or lose.

When I observe I do see that following behaviour does create value and it also contributes to massive wealth - again I am not foolish to think I can go against the grain and revolutionize the natural effects of the Power Law. ObservingWhether it is long-tails or power laws or whatever way networks scale, that is an aspect of network intelligence and not follower behaviour.  There is no value in describing follower behaviour as "herd mentality" or "sheeples" - the choices we make is who we are and we have enough going on in our own lives without making judgements about what others choose.

When I focus on my Orange Intelligence, I am focusing on my own learning relationship.  The presentation from Leonid Zhukov is what I refer to as Red Intelligence (the statistical component) but it contains aspects which pertain to Orange Intelligence - and the actual practice of how I operate within networks is "Orange".  At present my weakest area is Red, what really matters here is an appreciation for the mathematical, but we do not need to feel overwhelmed by this form of intelligence - if it takes time to understand, it simply takes time.

What matters right now is that I appreciate what Power Laws are and how they arise and how they will continue to arise.  At the same time I understand the network effect of long-tails also, which is the other side of the power-law graph. ObservingWhat I do appreciate is that it is the digerati who make platforms possible and it is marketers who entice us to become a part of those networks - but much of this push is based on a traditional type of social engineering, of which FOLLOWERS and LIKES are socially engineered components - and it is not marketers who created followers - we all go through an educational system which is about creating followers, long before the Internet was created.  The actions of television industry also were engaging followers long before marketers of modern media were.ObservingObserving is allied meaning, so meaning is much more valuable to me than following.  Meaning means I can sit in parallel with other thinkers, but following simply leads to an on-off switch which equates with agree or disagree.  We are taught to follow in University, we are taught argument and principles of discourse - this is great, there is a huge place in this world for such quality, but there has not been a huge place in this world created for reflection or observation - and if it did, why are we telling each other what to think, rather than learning ourselves how to think.  Newton Minnow spoke about the Vast Wasteland 55 years ago - which is the entire expanse of my own life - but here we are in 2016 and that speech remains as relevant as ever.

Observation is also allied with appreciation.  If there is a continuum between depreciation and appreciation, this has been one of my biggest learnings, that when I started out utilizing the online space as a personal learning lab, I was much more on the depreciation side of the depreciation-appreciation learning continuum.  As I observe, I learn the importance of appreciation.  Appreciation is not a political correctness, nor is it appreciative inquiry - free of any dogma, appreciation is a difficult personal challenge, because it questions what it is we think we know and it involves learning to see - and sometimes we make mistakes before we learn to see - so appreciation is learning from our mistakes also.

So much of Orange is based in the language of success - and another key in observation is proportionality - why is it that some of richest people in this world talk least about success?  It really comes down to what it is we hunger for, and here hunger is not a value of desire but a reality of deprivation.  When we are deprived our view of success is informed by lack and scarcity, rather than value and abundance.  I do not need an extra penny to see value and the kind of abundance that is learning is far greater than the scarcity of trying to achieve - so I count my blessings and value what it is I have already got - and a lot of that is my own business, so I do value privacy - and so privacy is also a part of Orange Intelligence - how do we create a world where the group need is met but we balance that need with the emergence of the individual.  All of that falls in the remit of my own observation.  When it comes to observation I cannot teach people how to observe, all I can do is question the value of what it is I am learning.

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CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

5 years ago #2

I am that diversity, why would I need to model or reflect that diversity? As I learn I live life what I have created is a plaything, it is the scaffolding not the house. This idea that we model things and then present the world models of reality is nice if I am designing product, but i am not product. The world is us, the world is not something separate from us, this means in changing myself I am changing the world - but I am not here to change Mohamed Amroussi - firstly I do not control that and secondly what you choose equally changes the world, model or no model. I am also very proportional about this, I don't view the world from the viewpoint of Nelson Mandela but the viewpoint of an ordinary family man. If Mandela taught us anything it is to be ordinary is extraordinary in itself. He never saw himself as an extraordinary man, but an ordinary man dealing with extraordinary circumstances.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

5 years ago #1

Mohamed to know how I use the spectrum you need to look at the the bottom part of my Spectraneuron because my spectrum originates from William Hewlett and David Packard's 1966 HP Corporate Objectives. From there the tone, tint and shade is informed by Steve Jobs black and white - hence the pictures of Hewlett, Packard and Jobs. Personally I begin with "what is" which is the way Jiddu Krishnamurti observed - and here I also borrow Krishnamurti's great observation "The Observer is the Observed". What we tend to do is either create models for others or attempt to control thought by treating it as mindshare hence thought leadership. I am a thinker not a thought leader and if I converge or diverge it is no different to the eye of my own Iris. Why be followers when we have not learned how to think - and as Krishnamurti saw - thought can be such a devil.

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