Grey Swan Guild's CRAFT-BUILDING SERIES - LEARN, RELEARN, UNLEARN

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Chasing and pursuing your craft as a thinker, doer, builder, leader, maker or expert is an extraordinary noble endeavor. Our guild is populated by members who realize learning has no finish line. The fast twitch world we live in demands continuous learning, relearning and sometimes, unlearning. Audaces et sapientes fortuna iuvat — “fortune favours the bold and wise”.

We designed the series back in Sept’21 and we have performed nearly fity epiusodes-to-date. They’re really good. We sometimes colloquially call it the smartest hour on the internet, and recognize that at times, that can be a low expectation bar to jump over.

The events have been designed to improve our craft and get behind the making of our work. They have been well-attended, they have been sharp, they maximize learning, they harness collective intelligence and they bring passionate people around the notion of getting better, not just stealing attention oxygen which accompanies many of these open forums.

We want to continue in that spirit, to embrace the post-modern mission of a guild and build our repertoire of skills for the future. We want to introduce you to our year long commitment to The 2022/23 Craft-Building Series:

GSG #48 - Influence, Persuasion & Advocacy - Sept 30, 2022

GSG #47 - Insight, Discoveries & A-Ha Moments - Sept 23, 2022

GSG #46 - Innovation, Business Models & Ventures - Sept 16, 2022

GSG #45 - Identity, Tribalism & Pluralism - Sept 9, 2022

GSG #44 - Hypnosis & Suggestibility - Sept 2, 2022

GSG #43 - Heuristics, Probability and Mental Shortcuts - Aug 29, 2022

GSG #42 - Game Theory, Risk & Reward - Aug 29, 2022

GSG #41 - Hindsight & Retrospection - Aug 19, 2022

GSG #40 - Growth, Development & Mindset - Aug 12, 2022

GSG #39 - Groupthink, Conformity & Polarization - July 29, 2022

GSG #38 - Forecasting, Prediction and Modelling - Aug 5, 2022

GSG #37 - Flow, Synchronicity & Happiness - July 15, 2002

GSG #36 - Framing & Reframing Problems - June 24, 2022

GSG #35 - Futures Thinking, Possibilities & Wild Cards - June 17, 2022

GSG #34 - Emotional Intelligence & Quotients - June 3, 2022

GSG #33 - Emerging Technologies & Convergence - June 3, 2002

GSG #32 - Experimentation & the Power of Doing - May 27, 2022

GSG #31 - Economics, Choices, Incentives, Value & Costs - July 15, 2022

GSG #30 - Data Science & Analytics - May 17, 2022

GSG #29 - Decision Theory & Decision Making - May 15, 2022

GSG #28 - Design Thinking, Desirability, Feasibility & Viability - May 13, 2022

GSG #27 - Divergent Thinking & Originality - May 9, 2022

GSG #26 - Complexity & Systems Thinking - May 6, 2022

GSG #25 - Cognitive Science & The Mind - May 4, 2022

GSG #24 - Creativity & Imagination - April 29, 2022

GSG #23 - Change & Transition - April 28, 2022

GSG #22 - Biomimicry & Bipophillic, Natural design - April 8, 2022

GSG #21 - Behavior & Attitude -April 12, 2022

GSG #20 - Belief & Dogma - April 10, 2022

GSG #19 - Bias & Stereotyping - April 14, 2022

GSG #18 - Ambition & Drive - April 1, 2022

GSG #17 - Ambiguity & Managing Uncertainty - April 1, 2022

GSG #16 - Attention & Concentration  —  March 29, 2022

GSG #15 - Adaptability & Flexible thinking  — Mar 25, 2022

GSG #14 - Complexity, Sensemaking & Systems - Sources of Inspiration - March 18, 2022

GSG #13 - Futures, Foresights & Forecasts - Sources of Inspiration - March 4, 2022

GSG #12 - Applied Sensemaking - Knowledge Map, Threat Detect and Opportunity Assess with Situational Awareness Feb 18, 2022

GSG #11 - Actionable Futures - Anticipate, Innovate and Act on 3, 10 & 20 Year Futures Feb 4, 2022

GSG #10 - The Five Whats of Sensemaking - Understanding, Synthesizing, Interpreting, Giving Meaning and Sharing Insights Jan 21, 2022

GSG #9 - The Six Whats of Futurism - Explaining, Exploring, Considering, Determining & Quantifying Futures Jan 7, 2022

GSG #8 - The Daily Habits of Sensemakers, Critical Thinkers, Change Agents & Liminalists Dec 17, 2021

GSG #7 - The Daily Habits of Futurists, Foresighters, Trendoids & Strategic Planners Dec 3, 2021

GSG #6 -  Making Better Sense in a Fast Changing Liminal World Nov 19, 2021

GSG #5 - Nurturing Futures & Foresight in a Short Sighted World Nov 5, 2021

GSG #4 - How Tos & Approaches in Sensemaking & Critical Thinking October 22, 2021

GSG #3 - How Tos & Approaches in Futurism & Foresight October 8, 2021

GSG #2 - The 20 Reasons Why Sensemaking & Critical Thinking Matter - Sept 24, 2021

GSG #1 - The 20 Reasons Why Futurism & Foresights Matter - Sept 10, 2011

Craft Building Series Elements

Feature Past Craft Building Events:

Innovations Models and Ventures
Hindsight & Retrospection
Groupthink, Conformity, Polarization
Forecasting. Predicting & Modelling
Emotional Intelligence & EQ
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Creativity & Imagination
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Ambiguity & Managing Uncertainty.png

Potential Future Craft Building Events:

The Js:

Judging, Anchors & Acceptance

Jokes, Humour & Memes

Juxtaposition, Contrast & Linking

Joy, Pleasure & Rewards

 

The Ks:

Knowledge Management, Process, Norms & Sharing

Kinesthetics, Physical Leaning & Muscle Memory

KISS, Simplicity & Minimalism

Know-how, Craft and Intuition

 

The Ls:

Leadership, Management & Governance

Learning, Unlearning and Relearning

Lying, Cheating & Half Truths

Listening, Filtering & Comprehension

 

The Ms:

Meaning, Semantics & Semiotics

Multidisciplinarity, Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity

Mood, Arousal & Receptiveness

Motivation - Hedonic, Cognitive and Growth-based

 

THe Ns

Neuroscience, Psychology & Thought Patterns

Network Effects, Bandwagons and Social Multipliers

Nootropics & Smart Drugs

Narrative & Storytelling

 

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The Os:

Optimism, Wishful Thinking & Positivity

Open Innovation, Co-Creation & Outside-In

Observation, Inference & Empathy

Organizational Culture, Change & Embodiment

 

The Ps::

Prediction, Accuracy & Algorithms

Probability & Plausibility

Personality, Psychologies, Theories and Assessment

Planning, Strategy & Policy

 

The Qs

Questions, Challenge Statements  & Deeper Inquiry

Quantum Thinking & the Opposable Mind

Quantitative Research, Exploratory & Ethnography

Qualitative Research, Statistical & Causal 

 

THe Rs:

Reasoning & Critical Thinking 

Resilience & Coping

Regret, Guilt & Pushing Past

Risk, Likelihood, Acceptance & Mitigation

 

The Ss:

Sensemaking & the Unknowns

Scenario Planning & Stress Testing

Strategic Foresight & Horizon Scanning

Switching, Loyalty & Choice

The Ts:

Trauma & Crisis

Truth, Facts & Objectvity 

Thinking, Fast & Slow

Transformation, Business & Digital

The Us:

Unconsciousness & Dreams

Understanding & Comprehension

U & Self-Reflection

Us & Wisdom of Crowds

 

The Vs:

Valence, Positive & Negative Thinking

Visual Thinking - Analysis, Synthesis and Drawing

Values, Personal & Cultural

Volition & Conscious Action

 

The Ws:

Wicked Problems & Big Challenges

Weak Ties - the Power of Colleagues & Acquaintances

Wisdom, Enligtenement & Common Sense

Wayfinding and Navigating Change

 

The Xs:

Xperience Management. Customer, User & Employee

Xenophonia & the Roots of Prejudice

X-Currents & Managing Conflict

X-Fertilization - 1=1 does equal 3

 

The Ys:

You and Empathy for Others

Yesterday and Interpretation

Yes, and ... Merit-based Improvisation, Safety & Collaboration

Yearnings and Urges

 

The Zs:

ZZZ and The Power of Sleep

Zig Zag - Vertical & Lateral Thinking

Zen, Meditation and Mindfulness

Zoology - What can We Learn from Animals