Bable Fish 2.0

"The Babel fish is small, yellow, leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the Universe. It feeds on brainwave energy received not from its own carrier, but from those around it. It absorbs all unconscious mental frequencies from this brainwave energy to nourish itself with. It then excretes into the mind of its carrier a telepathic matrix formed by combining the conscious thought frequencies with nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain which has supplied them. The practical upshot of all this is that if you stick a Babel fish in your ear you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language. The speech patterns you actually hear decode the brainwave matrix which has been fed into your mind by your Babel fish.    Picking up an interesting phrase " understand anything " which has become framed to mean language and its translation, “ said to you in any form of language” however, did Douglas Adams mean more as he did have uncon

Wisdom is nothing more than new data. Wisdom is definitely not a pinnacle

When you hear or read the list that ends in Wisdom, starting from data, we are framed into imaging triangle, with wisdom at the top.  Yes, there is undoubtedly less wisdom than there is data, but that does not mean anything more than there will be more data will than wisdom if we consider volume as a metric.  We do love the triangle as a shape. The pinnacle. We love to imagine that wisdom has more value than data, somehow it is more noble and worthy as only a few will get wisdom, and therefore if I obtain it I will be at the top of the tree.   Let’s unpack this thinking. Starting with Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.  The first thing is that in his 1943 paper "A Theory of Human Motivation" Maslow's present is a theory for motivation. Maslow's hierarchy of needs was suggested as a framework to study how humans intrinsically partake in behavioural motivation.  Interestingly he did not draw a triangle but a square block with each layer as a rectangle. “Hierarchy” was taken

What changes when you consider governance for the next 1000 years

Governance is not new but when the thinking emerged that we needed oversight the world was less complicated.  It is not that we can wind back time. We know that new governance will be built on the best aspects of everything we have thought and created so far.  Whilst we will take the foundations of the original thinking and by adding in learning and wisdom of where we have got to, we acknowledge that this is not going to be enough to get to governance to be fit for the next 1000 years. But the question remains, how will governance going forward be different? We know instinctively it will be and there are three principal reasons why, which are to be unpacked later. However, we must build on the original ideas of governance that were about finding the north star and purpose.  We must keep a core requirement that a Directors role is to question if the North Star is still the place to be heading towards.  We must build on the thinking that we must continually steer a course to the north s