PROCESS

Health and Intelligence Development Reinvention Process: Premise • Rationale • Invitation

Want social and economic success?  Nurture emotional intelligence.    Want Innovation?  Nurture creativity.    Want empathy and resilience?  Nurture psychological health.

Demonstration model building is an age old, foolproof process for change.  As well, there is widespread agreement that education is the route to a better world.  But with forty-seven million Americans, one in seven of us, living in poverty, we have come to a point at which we can only consider our present education paradigm to be outdated.  It is time to demonstrate a new model of “education for whole person human development” or whole brain thinking – through introduction of a research verified “confluent social environment management system” (cSEMS). This cSEMS creates conditions for the interaction, integration and synthesis of cognition (thinking), affect (feeling) and behavior (action). Appropriately applied within communities and organizations it creates conditions that nurture learning and growth toward the fully operational, authentic version of ourselves that is the birthright of each of us.  – ANewCURE

Premise and focus
It has been shown that the characteristics of the creative person and those of the psychologically healthy person are essentially the same – “with none in either category going in an opposite direction” (Maslow, 1971).  Further, the contemporary term emotional intelligence is in essence an up-to-date label for psychological health.  Thus strategies and processes appropriately designed to nurture any of the three: emotional health, creativity or psychological well being will, in fact, nurture development of all three.  Since there is nothing fundamentally different about a person who is emotionally healthy, creative and psychologically balanced, there is every reason to believe development of these highly desirable characteristics is simply the birthright of each of us.                                                                                                                                                                    
Rationale for a learning society
Research shows as one grows in emotional intelligence (creativity and psychological health), one increasingly becomes a self-motivated, self directed, lifelong learner (Boyatzis, 2005).  This assumes a comprehensive view of learning and growth as increases in one’s intelligence and health: physical, mental, emotional, social, aesthetic and spiritual.  Emergence as a self-motivated, self directed, life long learner is an optimal outcome for both the individual and society.   As one grows in emotional intelligence, creativity and psychological health, one’s capacity for appreciation and understanding of all aspects of life consistently grows – while simultaneously one becomes more valuable to all with whom one interacts in family, school, work, community and society.

With this realization we can recognize how it is to our personal advantage to become engaged in our own comprehensive, life long learning and growth, and to encourage and support the growth of emotional intelligence, creativity and psychological health – that lead to self discovery and intentional self development – among all other persons as being in our individual self interest.  As any person grows in emotional intelligence, creativity and psychological health, that person increasingly becomes an asset to the community (or organization), rendering it richer, more dimensional and authentic,  and thus providing more benefit to all members.

Invitation to what we might do together  
You are an individual who can imagine the difference it would make if your organization, community or neighborhood were to be transformed in a way it could be categorized “a learning society,” and would like to find out more about how that might become a reality.  We are a network of people with resources, expertise and experience in how this is done, who are able to come together to advise on how to investigate addressing such an effort, and offer guidance in the implementation process.  We would hope that after conversations with us you would become convinced such a transformation was not only possible but highly desirable, and envision how you and  your organization or community group could lead the way for a whole city to be among the first to be labeled a 21st Century Urban Learning Society.


Comments

Posted On
Feb 22, 2011
Posted By
Pauline Van der Haer

Robbie, we are joined at the hip and didn’t know it! That is me, you and Pharon. I can see taking the first steps to create a model in our city in our wonderful little Walnut Hills community in cincinnati.

Pauline

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