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I am excited about the field of Coolabilities. When I first learned about the field from Vint Cert and Guido van Nispen in 2019, everything in my world changed. As a young adult, I was diagnosed with Hyperlexia, among other things and could mostly only see the disadvantages in the way I had to adapt to the world around me. I have now come to understand the gifts my diagnosis brings. After researching inside this space for the last five years, I am on fire for the exciting future possibilities.

I co-wrote this piece with the beautiful human Shannon Mullen O’Keefe of the Museum of Ideas. Together we spent months exploring what we wanted to share about this emerging field, and what seemed most important was to tell the human story. A human with a neurodivergent diagnosis can possess superpowers; not everyone but many do, and we should be paying attention to what this can mean for all. It was magical to explore an idea through thought and research and conversation. Thank you Shannon!

Also, please know The People-Centered Internet (PCI) Coolabilities website will go live in Spring 2023. Additionally, I will co-produce with Guido van Nispen a book on Coolabilities in early 2024 with the Innovation for Jobs (i4j) / PCI Community.

I am thrilled to play in this Coolabilities space with so many incredible thinkers.

#Coolabilities and #Neurodivergent #superpowers are the #future #workforce


Applied Experiential Futures

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step into the future? The social science field known as Futures allows you to do just that. Through research and data collection, trained analysts can ‘find’ possible futures through foresight tools and determine what to do to prevent or enable those futures through methodologies called Futurecasting and Threatcasting. At the Applied Futures Lab have created a fun futures guide to share some of the tools we use to help folks find their many possible futures to head straight for their desired outcome or steer clear of potential disruptions.

Download the guide here: Applied Experiential Futures Travelers Guide




Disinformation and Democracy Reading List

Disinformation goes way back in our human history. In 1588, the Spanish armada’s hundred-plus ships and 26,000 men set sail for England, to overthrow the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I and restore Catholic rule.  But the actual story that was presented to the public had England winning. History allows us to write different pasts that serve us better. Spinning the story, changing the narrative, gaslighting. All of these are efforts to align the story with those who want to be declared the winners. Barak Obama gave us a list to help us learn about disinformation. There are a lot of hard-working folks contributing to keeping our Democracy safe from the destruction of disinformation. So many families, friend groups, and work environments have been eroded over the last five years by Misinformation, Disinformation, and Malinformation. Here are resources to learn more.

My reports from the Threatcasting Lab provide data for what happens when all of these collide. They create Information Disorder Machines. Threatcasting Report: Information Disorder Machines

The Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder produced the Commission on Information Disorder Final Report. The Commission’s report is the culmination of that in-depth investigation. Offering a viable framework for action, it makes 15 recommendations for how government, private industry, and civil society can help to increase transparency and understanding, build trust, and reduce harm.

Wired offers an article on How to Stop Misinformation Before It Gets Shared

Look for companies that take a stand against misinformation such as Pinterest which has banned all climate change disinfo from their platform.

There are also great resources that help with Covid disinfo conversations.

Help your family and friends learn how to keep their minds open and their opinions based on real data – not data from their 3rd cousins, dogwalkers, hairstylist on Facebook. Get real data to them and resources for how to read and analyze what they are seeing.

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