I used to think everyone on the planet has the ability to see spatially and or hear in such a way. after working with a myriad of different people, cultures, countries, and places – I wonder if that ability is something that is born into a few folks, not the masses. until recently I used to think maker spaces would go mainstream. why wouldn’t everyone want the ability to design and make their own things?
it turns out, more people are wired in a different way where a linear progression and/or not really asking, “why? why not?” is glossed over in favor of following a trend or a message from the media/friends/social connection.
I will admit, these folks tend to be able to do linear things very easily, like a checklist of ‘to do” yet, I tend to shut down when stuck in a place where it feels like being in grade school where the teaching method seemed to be about memorized, regurgitate, forget, then being immersed into something.
I think that is the answer? immersive environments and spaces are ones that truly allow you to speed up and retain what you are learning. the same can be said with immersive work environments like a lab – you are taking out the distractions of the obligations of life and you allow your mind to focus on priorities.
when I think of how much time we spend collectively on obligations like driving around and other things – I am simply surprised people don’t value the use of their time more. in the past few weeks, I am seeing how habits with time also play in various cultures in the world. some are set and rigid, others are free-flowing…then there is manana and island time where I wonder if people really care about getting anything done? or are they geniuses that know something we don't?”
the last sentence even confused me after trying to accomplish some things in places where it seemed like few really cared to improve anything.
so with spatial vision – you have all the parts roving in your head…all the parts of the whole and you are moving things in a more efficient way with a flow that is more about not wasting time and getting the same, if not a better result. this process probably only works well in small teams, as when you get larger organizations – getting anything done takes time, unless the people in charge say, “find a solution!”
the American way seems to be to throw a bunch of money and people at the problem and not really stop and think for a bit. its ok, I make fun of our country all the time, I also have experienced the opposite in some European countries where rules and planning will kill more potential ideas with a, “no” before anyone reads about what the idea is.
it's a funny world. my friend asked me at lunch, “why do you even care if people change?”
because if we all don’t and start changing and growing – I fear humanity will get more inhumane than better.
we all have special gifts and talents. we all really have to come together more, than less. i simply don’t see this happening in the usa unless an event comes along and distributes discomfort and pain to the masses. as a human, you really don’t want to see that happen…yet…will we ever really learn without experiencing?