What’s Your Time Perspective?

Posted by  admin —June 18, 2010
Filed in Being Present, Creative Stuff, Facilitation, Vizual Thinking

Rob Paterson has written about a talk I have heard before. This time, however, the message was clearer due to the fantastic visual animations done by the RSA Animate crew. Watch and learn for yourself …

In response to the content in in talk, I like Rob’s points here …

“School is all analog and sequential. It is all about the future – when you know this it will be great when you are 30! School is all about it being in control not you. School is all passive. The rewards are all off in the distant and abstract future.

This is the heart of the problem that boys today face. Working harder to drill stuff into boys is not going to work.

School demands a cultural revolution that starts with this new context. We can’t go back – we have to find ways of making learning more engaging.”

It also starts me thinking about another dimension that I haven’t considered when facilitating workshops … what is the time perspective of the people in the room and of their workplace culture? What are the implications for future oriented strategy sessions, or, a backward looking learning workshop?

This concept of time perspectives also has implications for the climate change discussion. I wonder if particular people/groups/cultures are more (or less) likely to accept the future consequences of present actions? The futility of ramming 1-way information and knowledge into the brains of adolescent boys plays out the same way climate change scientists (and groups/government) work really hard to persuade skeptics with facts and figures.

Interesting stuff and will dig a little into these questions.



  1. Mark Boulet says:

    A great presentation from Dan Gilbert on the pyschology of Global Warming is a useful addition to your idea about time perspective and climate change.


    In addition to being too far away (in time AND space), if it doesn’t make us duck or twitch or even feel repulsed, can it really be so bad?

    He does leave us with any ideas on how to get around these barriers, but being clearer on what they are is a useful start!

    Hope you are well?

  2. You see this ‘there are two types of people’ thing everywhere once you start looking. Here’s some examples:

    If you’re a trainer/facilitator/workshopper, I’d strongly recommend ‘Don’t be such a Scientist’ by Randy Olson. There’s a whole section on climate scepticism and persuasion that’s fascinating.

  3. admin says:

    Thanks Mark and Simon.

    Love the links to other places and information guys!

    And yes we are all well Mark.


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