Podcast 5/52 – Autism at work

It’s Sunday, and Sunday means podcast-tip of the week. This time, a program I listened to almost a year ago, but it’s stayed with me. It’s an RSA Event entitled Autism at work: Releasing Talent and Harnessing Creativity. It’s not an easy listen, perhaps, but do give it a chance. If you do, I believe you will hear something new.

I remember taking a walk while listening, getting frustrated and elated both. Frustrated because there is so much human potential that goes to waste, basically because of lack of understanding and knowledge. Elated because there is hope at the end of the tunnel, this program give examples of companies really thinking about what their needs are, and realizing people within the autism spectrum are spot on for those needs.there is a place for everyone

Now, that might seem callous of me, as if the only way to have worth on this earth is if you are employed and somebody can directly utilize your skills. That’s not what I mean, so please don’t misunderstand me here. Rather, opening up work places, organizations etc, for a wider spectrum of how human beings can be, with similarities and differences, hopefully will lead to a more allowing society.

I believe it to be an innate need of human beings, to belong. So what can be done, to enable more people to find their place and their crowd?

What am I afraid of and who’s to blame?

What am I afraid of and who’s to blame? We center our lives around this question – according to Brene Brown – to the detriment of us all. Just started to listen to the RSA Talk that Brene Brown gave a while ago, and even though I’ve listened to it at least five times, I’ve never latched onto this question.

But today. Wham!! It hit me like a hammer on a nail that this is what is happening in Sweden today. And yesterday. And on election day. And the months leading up to Election Day… and so on. We have all fallen prey to the question of what I’m afraid of and who’s fault it is.

There are those that voted for the Swedish Democrats. This very question somehow seems to be at the very center of what that party is all about. A fear of/for a country (and a world) that is changing by the second, and being afraid of that change. Not wanting it. Not feeling safe with that change. Or whatever the rationale is… And the blame is put on immigrants.

Then there are those who didn’t vote for the Swedish Democrats. The people terrified or pissed off or personally offended by the racist dogma that somehow seems to have been the main focus during this general election in Sweden. And here the blame is placed on the people who sympathise with the Swedish Democrats.

And you know what?

It won’t work. Neither way.

We can’t create a good society if we base it on fear and blame. So regardless if you voted on the Swedish Democrats or you voted for something else, if you based that vote on fear (and blame), you will not get what it is you desire. You will not get a release of that fear. On the contrary, because of what you focus on, you will get more of that. So if you base your life on fear, fear you will have.

And I don’t wish living a life based on fear on my worst enemy. And I speak from a point of having done just that. So much of my life has been centered on fear. Knowingly sometimes, unknowingly the other times. But always this fear lurching beneath the surface. Menacing. Even making me fear fear.

But it’s not where I come from now. Today I am centered in love, and I know fear is a mind construct that I do not have to believe!

What would it take for you to start to look at your fears? Would it help if I told you fear is a figment of our imagination? It is not a Truth. It only lives in your mind.

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Do you know what you are afraid of? Do you know why you voted on what you voted for this general election? Can you honestly tell me fear didn’t have anything to do with your choice?

The Era of Behaviour

Have you discovered the RSA? If not, please check it out. I’ve listened to several of their events as podcasts these last weeks, and man are they ever thought provoking and mind boggling! Twice I’ve listened to this RSA event on The Era of Behaviour. It is extremely interesting, and I believe I’ll listen to it several more times. Reflecting. Thinking. Going deeper.

There is a video of the highlights that you can see here, but I urge you to listen to the entire podcast including the Q&As from the audience (including a tweet from my dear friend @LordSillion as well!):

What my head is spinning on right now is, to name a few, spheres of personal vs business, the word How as a noun, value based leadership and elevated behaviour. Many of these things I have spent time reflecting on before as well.

I spend a lot of time on the word Why, and the way Dov Seidman talks about How is in a sense a description of the way I think about Why. For me the How he explains is a How infused with a Why, i.e. a sense of value, of ethics, of a higher reason.

Well, as you can tell, I am not done here. My mind hasn’t settled anywhere, it’s just spinning. So, won’t you please listen to this talk on The Era of Behaviour, and tell me what you think about it? Perhaps your head starts to spin in ways I haven’t even begun to consider yet?