In entry 2 of Fieldnotes from the Adjacent Possible we explore the power of podcasts and Alison shares 32 recommendations that explore everything from crime to love, prison to civil war history, sports to language, and race & identity to venture capital.
I'm a big proponent of the “adjacent possible,” the potential and serendipity created when you notice and connect the unlikely. I think its power lies is in how it can open up our apertures to new and different ways of seeing and understanding the world, and thus a greater sense of possibility and new ways to do the work of social problem-solving So, each month, I'm going to try and share some of my "field notes." In January, I spent half the month in California, and the other half in Washington, DC, which allowed for some excellent opportunities to be inspired by the nature, culture and history, and art. Here is my first effort at sharing and I'd greatly appreciate feedback and ideas about how this might be improved.
One of the things that I love about learning is that it can come in so many forms. I’ve found that engaging with some resources and experiences prove immediately applicable in the work of social problem-solving, while with others it is not clear what the connections or uses are or will be. Steve Johnson calls this latter set of ideas and experiences the “adjacent possible,” the potential and serendipity created when you notice and connect the unlikely. I think the power of the adjacent possible is in how it can open up our apertures to new and different ways of seeing and understanding the world, and thus new and different ways of being and doing.
So, as 2017 is coming to a close, I thought I’d share a little gift of the adjacent possible with all those who might be interested or in need! Here are 18 resources that opened my eyes and mind to new ways of thinking – about history, architecture, art, emotions, people, culture, beauty, nature, and much more -- this past year. May they help you have a 2018 filled with great (and adjacent) possibilities!