Building & Exploring Worlds Within Worlds

My strongest ability is pattern recognition but, more importantly, seeing patterns in far fewer cycles than others seem to see them within. For example, I can see cultural patterns in an organization in days or weeks, whereas someone else might see them in months or years.

In addition, seeing connections between unusual things is the same as seeing patterns for me. Doesn’t matter if it’s seeing patterns between silos in an organization or different areas of my second brain knowledge base.

I think this is why I usually excelled at problem solving back when I did computer support or web development back during the conventional first half of my life. I’d see patterns, connections between things, and people would say “How the hell did you figure that out & see that?”

Grouping Up for “Wicked Problems”

Note how this worked out fine for me during this part of my life because in these roles I was solving these problems on my own. In effect, once I saw the patterns, I could solve the problem myself (by just reinstalling a software driver or changing a few lines of code).

Now that we’re all trying to work together now and solve these larger, complex “wicked problems” in the world, so this no longer works for me because I have to somehow show you what I’m seeing. Yet for me to do so, I effectively have to build a world(view) of thoughts to do so.

More than that even, I may have to build worlds upon worlds, scaffolding each other like layers of Markov blankets, because you may not have the depth to see with the sight I have. Thus for you, it may seem like going down a rabbit hole, into a maze that makes no sense.

Gamemastering Your World(view)

Yet what’s becoming more and more apparent to me though is that if I had progressively summarized my research over the years extensively onto my website as a second, external brain, I could have easily provided a simple link to people as a portal to these worlds.

And just like when I was a young boy playing Colossal Cave Adventure on a mainframe computer back in the mid 70s, you could have explored these digital worlds of thoughts at your own leisure, adventuring through the questing questions in my mind and where they lead.

I didn’t do this though (as it would have been a job in itself which I wasn’t getting paid for). So now I have to extract these worlds from my mind which seems like a monumental process of scaffolding and work.

So where to start?

I guess the answer to that is “Where I’m at”.

By Nollind Whachell

Questing to translate Joseph Campbell's Hero’s Journey into The Player’s Handbook for the roleplaying game called Life, thus making vertical (leadership) development an accessible, epic framework for everyone.

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