Written By: Puruesh Chaudhary
History is now being documented real time and there are millions of contributors expressing their views. It is no longer about the worldview rather a people view creating the context. The strength in an expression is what is cultivating impact.
When great many are thinking in; what is there to consider is – who is thinking through. The immaterial need to think through is deeply embedded in our storytelling. If information is the formation of the mind; who’s questioning whether this is the quality of mind required to think policies. The alternate views are as relevant as the discourse itself. And if the discourse is frightening; the views will only comply. This is the nature of those who are in the business of designing information scenarios.
The way information is shared, ideas exchanged and semantic knowledge established as and when people connect through devices has redefined the pace at which opinions are formed, networks developed and traditional authority undermined. These aren’t interesting times; it is only that we are allowing our anxieties skew the thought process required for long-term strategies inherently people-centric. Thinking through then means that not only we are aligned with global developments but we also have a credible say; not just on the basis of physical strength but also with the quality of mind we offer to solve world challenges. The exaggerated pretence over whether there ever was a truth-based world to begin with; the post-truth construct is highly out of order. As Dr. Ilhan Niaz a historian puts it, “Pakistan is a pre-fact society”. Open and shut case.
Data is the new orange.
There’s beauty in chaos and randomness, it’s the human judgement that forces the contradictions within the thinking patterns. However, since the education system is designed to focus on creating linear patterns therefore this is easily influenced. But the most exciting opportunity in sense making is the creativity and imagination involved to think through in decision-making process. The entire academia in Pakistan should therefore have some basic credentials in cognitive science. This is not traditional, it is a step into the future where quality of thought is needed to overcome very basic issues confronting our society. A deeper understanding of why we are the way we are and where could we be headed as a society.
It is only when the mentors have clarity that the mentee creates the foundations required for his or her mindset(s). The hyperconnectivity is changing the way we express and to whom. Privacy is no longer the dispute; it is what we keep to ourselves as a matter of choice is the imperative. The understanding therefore needs to inculcate a more sophisticated comprehension as to why so many social media platforms offer free services. Therefore what we share is a choice, who we share with is a choice, trusting a service is therefore also a choice in the information age. And if that service violates the trust – question is whether we have the conscious ability and competence to hold it responsible. So in 2017, when the world population using social media is approximately 2.5 billion with over a billion active on Facebook alone one must recognize that this is unprecedented. Never in the history of information communication was there ever a time where humanity was connected to such an extent. And it is really noisy. A fun forecast, by 2020 almost 5 billion of the world population will have access to the internet compared to just 360 million in 2000. In 2005, the first billion had the access, 2010 second and in 2014 the third. It took five years to reach the first one billion and only four to reach the third. How are we thinking now?
So, are we really listening or are simply busy judging?
As people talk to people, talk to devices, talk to other devices, the nature of information creation and consumption patterns is changing drastically. The internet-based businesses will increasingly become more relevant only because of the mere fact that it’s the most efficient and yet more productive way of collating social intelligence. The growth mentality will flourish as community of interests form alliances to create the ecosystem closer to resolving human suffering. The advancement of technology is therefore seen to be driving this approach as it cuts through unnecessary bureaucratic and the conventional management barriers which only made sense when the transfer of information was at a similar pace which made competitive logic. Today, connected minds have more value than the ego system that created market access and exploitation of natural resources during the second and the third industrial revolution which shaped the history as we know today. However, history is now being documented real time and there are millions of contributors expressing their views. It is no longer about the worldview rather a people view creating the context. The strength in an expression is what is cultivating impact. In such a highly complexed and complicated environment, the means through which the decision-makers reflect in public space is critical. This implies democratization of mindsets and having the ability to capture the human connection. The interaction between and amongst devices provides that unique possibility to place a greater value on the human condition. But for this to happen with a generation so young the blinkered political obsessions need to be temporarily suspended for the next 15 years or the country will inevitably suffer greatly from the ecological collapse of the mind; signs of which are clearly visible in the rhetoric.
Each empire to fit an ego.
1950s we were crossing 40 million and in just 65 years we added over a 120 million to our population and till today we still haven’t managed to balance out our priorities – the equation is very simple, the Government and its institutions are to serve the people and not the other way around. In 2017, more than 40 million people in Pakistan have access to the internet. If we ran some numbers on this it will only bound to increase and compound.
So, is Pakistan thinking-in or thinking-through?
The writer is Futures Researcher and Strategic Narrative Professional Founder and President of a think tank AGAHI.