“Only what grows out of your direct experiencing has the power to change everything.” – Dr Lisa Caparo
An exciting new opportunity is opening up to change how we grow and develop our skills through augmented virtual reality, experiential technology and neurogaming.
Instead of passively sitting and playing virtual games and simulations, a whole new paradigm is opening up with this new technology which makes reality not only a cognitive experience, but also felt in the body and emotions. This enables us to creatively nurture somatic intelligence based on neurobiology of the embodied learning.
The Flow Dome from the Flow Genome Project is an example of applying somatic entrainment to become more familiar with the state of Flow.
Somatic leadership, for example combined with intentionally designed creative movement and technologies of mind, are new approaches that, combined with augmented virtual reality, can make change and growth fun, effective and enable innovation and leadership in a novel way.
A somatic leadership philosophy, intelligence and practices has the potential for leaders to develop new body-centric models of leadership utilizing the language of the “way of the body” to generate a body and health centered model for leadership. Fusing this with virtual reality technology takes it into a new dimension – gaming that focuses on physical, mental and emotional wellbeing while learning new skills in a fun way.
Such Embodied leadership practices can take us out of all of the “cognitive” leadership processes of a worldview that the mind is only in the brain, and gets us right back into our genuine self – as lived and expressed through our body.
Contact me to find out how I apply somatic intelligence to strategy, leadership, change and organizational development.
Are you writing new music, or are you just playing notes that have been written in the past? Are you creating sounds for tomorrow, or are you just accepting sounds from yesterday? (Kai Kight on Composing Your World)
Creativity is an essential quality that enables us to survive and thrive as we co-evolve in the world of continuous change.
Zinnias blooming on the space station in January 2016. Image credit: NASA/Scott Kelly
We have entered the world of AI, deep learning, singularity and the implications of that on our identity making is not yet clear. Blockchains and crypto currencies are moving from the start-up spaces into the board rooms of big corporate. Elon Musk is building memes about going to Mars and clean sources of energy. The first zinnias are blooming in space.
New discoveries in technologies make it possible to provide precision medicine or enhanced performance. We are able to “hack” our physical health through new projects like .the Flow Dome re-creating experiences using somatic entrainment. Neurosciences are giving us new insights into the human mind, and new thinking in performance and wellbeing psychology focuses on studying what it means to flourish in all aspects of our life.
Virtual reality is meshing with art and learning to inspire, educate and enable creation. The boundaries between the virtual world and the real world are blurring as reality shows like Survivor and the Amazing Race transitioned into lifestyle promotion.
LinkedIn supports Conscious Business. The Experience Economy is alive with meaning, purpose calling and wanting to make a positive impact on the planet. Philosophy professors are publishing their discourses for free on You Tube. Creativity is becoming abundant. The science of happiness, mindfulness and yoga are now entering mainstream business.
Biomimicry has matured as a construct and method used in the corporate world as well as government. Farmers are applying science with natural technology to yield not only extraordinary productivity, but also improve vitality without the harmful effects of chemicals. Physicians are starting to not only prescribe organic food as medicine, but growing it for their patients too, and in this way re-inspired by returning to the origins of their tradition.
People are moving out of gymnasiums to practice fitness in nature while having more fun and brain health. Japanese Forest Walking is spreading. Dancing is rapidly gaining popularity for not only fitness, but addressing a variety of mental and other challenges.
Storytelling is a sought after art. Visual thinking and digital communication with empathic insight are new leadership skills.
Medical experts, economists and innovators are discovering effective traditional and indigenous wisdom, tools and practice that offer a wealth of not-yet explored methods and approaches that seem to address health challenges, biomedicine, genetic engineering and even current economic models cannot solve, offering new opportunities of partnerships of empowerment in restoration of culture, systems vitality and wellness strategies in times of disruptive change.
The future is arriving and we are already seeing novel ways we are able to create new pathways that are more environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling. We have an global opportunity for inspired action that originates from our best future self.
In this world nimbleness, creativity, collaboration. critical thinking, communication and vitality will be the skills that will endure.
“If the teacher is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.” Kahlil Gibran.
“Where attention goes, energy flows.”
MaRi Eagar is a innovator who studies and consults on leadership skills for the future.