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The Sharing Economy: Creating Space for a New Type of Leader

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I’ve been spending a lot of time pondering the spectrum of the introversion-extroversion scale as the concepts of the sharing economy, communal living, entrepreneurial festivals for collaboration, summer camps for adults, and open office floor plans grow in popularity. The sharing economy is a socio-economic ecosystem built around the sharing of human, physical, and intellectual resources. It includes the shared creation, production, distribution, trade, and consumption of goods and services by different people and organizations. I am a huge fan of the foundational building blocks of this system; however, I find that they tend to more naturally fall into the lifestyle choices for individuals who identify as extroverts.

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Now, let me be clear: I am not here to write an article that encourages personality labelling or putting oneself inside of a box. In my eyes, neither one of these labels are good, nor bad. However, I am interested in unpacking some of the ways that we still set up our society to meet the needs of individuals who are more externally social by nature. In my experience, I have noticed that these situations can lead those who do not fit into this mold to experience feelings of insecurity and self-comparison.  

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Merriam-Webster defines introversion as the following:

  • The act of directing one’s attention toward or getting gratification from one’s own interests, thoughts, and feelings.
  • The state or tendency toward being wholly or predominately concerned with and interested in one’s mental life—compare extroversion.

This definition not only skews the meaning of introversion by equating it to self-centeredness, but when you read between the lines and compare it to the definition of extrovert, an introvert seems to be someone who is outside of the norm.

I recently attended a Radically Alive Leadership workshop at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. To be totally transparent, I was slightly naive as to what I was getting myself into. I had no idea that the week would involve an intense exploration of personal trauma with participant reenactment and storytelling of one’s core wounds. Over the course of the week, I witnessed many people work through some of their deepest pains by channelling their energy into a punching bag, towel, or tennis racket. One of the aspects that I found most interesting about this process was the way that different individuals demonstrated their style of leadership. In front of a group of 35 people, many were loud, strong, and confrontational. And yet, there were a handful of individuals who may not have been as obvious in their impact, but held the space with full aliveness through active listening, soft compassion, and an innate sense of openness.

When the entire group got into a heated argument over what defines a true “leader,” the room was sharply divided between those who thought you must lead by doing and those who thought you must lead by being. The facilitator powerfully pointed out that there is no “right” way to lead; leadership comes in a myriad of forms and you simply have to be receptive enough to know which one makes your heart sing. In a world that loves to cling and grasp for certainty, many of us desire the leader that feels steadfast in their knowing. However, all that we actually know is that we don’t know much, so why are we relying on someone else to tell us our own truths?

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On the scale of introversion-extroversion, I seem to fall somewhere in the middle. In Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, she defines this person occupying the middle space as the “ambivert,” or the person who is “equally happy to see a meeting in their work calendar as to see a space for writing a report.” This definition is true for me and I am absolutely certain that I recharge my energy alone. After my week at Esalen, I needed the entire weekend to recover the depletion that I felt from being around others every moment of every day. In Cain’s exploration of the topic of introvert vs. extrovert, she describes the challenge of being an introvert in today’s extroverted society:

Introversion—along with its cousins sensitivity, seriousness, and shyness—is now a second-class personality trait, somewhere between a disappointment and a pathology. Introverts living in the Extrovert Ideal are like women in a man’s world, discounted because of a trait that goes to the core of who they are. Extroversion is an enormously appealing personality style, but we’ve turned it into an oppressive standard to which most of us feel we must conform.

Over the past several months I have been working with an incredibly intelligent client who holds a prestigious position at a fast-growing startup in San Francisco. This company lives and breathes the values of the sharing economy, yet in a community that preaches collaboration and outgoing inclusivity, she has expressed time and time again how challenging she finds it to fit in. She is contemplative and soft spoken by nature, yet her eloquence and capacity to lead are undeniably present. In our past time together, she was trying to figure out how to radically change her personality to feel like she belonged. I suggested she consider the following:

“A square peg will never fit inside of a round hole. In a world filled with round holes, we desperately need those square pegs to demonstrate a different type of leadership—a  leadership that so many others are craving to follow because it feels true to who they are and what they want out of life.”

After I spoke, her entire disposition changed. It was almost as if she felt for the first time she could be herself and that she was enough exactly as she is. I often think that we have set ourselves up as a society to need someone else’s permission to access our own power, even though it has always been there, anxiously waiting for us to share it with the world.

Consultant, author, and lecturer Jim Collins conducted a landmark study to examine how various organizations progress from good to great. He determined that one of the key drivers of that success was a leader who was not necessarily charismatic or outgoing, but one who possessed a paradoxical mixture of personal humility and professional will. According to Collins, these types of leaders are “timid and ferocious, shy and fearless. They are rare and unstoppable.”

Reflecting back on the ever-present opportunity we have in our modern society to sleep on a stranger’s couch or rent out a room in someone’s home while travelling, I smile. Knowingly I relax in the fact that there is no right or wrong way to be in this world and to lead in this world. Nothing is inherently good or bad. An introvert can thrive at a summer camp for adults and an extrovert can feel fulfilled reading a book in the quiet comfort of his own home. As Cain says, “The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting.” That lighting may be in a large loud crowd or it may be in complete silence.

As long as you stay true to your own unique needs, whatever they may be, your leadership is bound to shine. And when you are ready, we are all here waiting with open anticipation for what gifts you have to share with the world.

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Journalist Laurie Clarke published an article in the British Medical Journal examining hundreds of millions of pieces of content that Facebook has removed in an attempt to stop ‘covid misinformation.’ As a result of censorship, we are seeing a breakdown of important dialogue. Here is our deeper written analysis of her piece.

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The Quantum Eraser Experiment: What Happens In The Present Can Change The Past

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    At the quantum scale, what we do in the present can impact what happens in the past. This is shown through what's known as the quantum delayed choice choice, or quantum eraser experiment.

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    Why are factors associated with consciousness directly intertwined with physical material matter at the quantum scale? What does this mean when it comes to our physical material world in relation to our thoughts, perceptions, feelings and emotions?

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One of the founding fathers of quantum theory, Max Planck, who is often credited with originating quantum theory – a feat that won him the Physics Nobel Prize in 1918 – once stated: “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as exiting, postulates consciousness.”

Fast forward to today and there are a number of experiments in multiple fields showing that Planck was right. Consciousness is fundamental and it is directly intertwined with what we call physical material matter. You cannot explain consciousness in terms of the existing fundamentals like space, time, mass, and charge. As a result, the logical thing to do is postulate whether consciousness itself is something fundamental to the existence of reality.

A classic experiment used to examine the role of consciousness and its relationship to matter is the quantum double slit experiment. In this experiment, tiny bits of matter (photons, electrons, or any atomic-sized object) are shot toward a screen that has two slits in it. When there is no measuring device placed at the screen, the tiny bits of matter act as a “wave” and creates an “interference” pattern on the other side where a wall is placed to catch the pattern. Because there was no measuring or observation device used to see what slit the matter went through, we cannot know what path it took. When the pattern on the wall is examined to see what path it took, it represents a wave of possibilities, meaning the matter (particle) went through both slits, and one slit, and interfered with itself, which should be physically impossible. Welcome to the wacky world of quantum physics – anything and everything is possible.

The kicker is, when an observation device is set up to observe what slit the particles go through, the particle then only goes through one, thus collapsing the wave pattern and forming a pattern that is representative of the particle only going through one slit. In other words, the behaviour of the matter changes when we decide to measure  or observe it, the particles act as they are aware they are being watched. 50 percent of the time the particle will go through one slit, and the other 50 percent of the time it will go through the other and form a two slit pattern, just as if they were balls lobbed through one slit or the other.

Observations not only disturb what has to be measured, they produce it…We compel (the electron) to assume a definite position…We ourselves produce the results of the measurement. (M. Mermin, Boojums All the Way Through: Communicating Science ina Prosaic Age (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 1990, referenced by Dr. Dean Radin, From A paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Physics Essays explaining how this experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality

If this isn’t already mind-altering enough for you, one physicist, John Archibald Wheeler, pondered what would happen if we don’t interfere with the photons on their way through the slits? What would happen if we didn’t set up a measuring device to observe what slit the matter went through, and instead, what if behind the back wall there were detectors? One detector is focused on each slit, and just before the particle lands on the screen after it has passed through the slit device, the detectors are pulled away. When no one could detect which slit the photon had gone through, there was a wave pattern, but when the detectors were in place, there was no wave pattern. Similar to observing the particles before they went through the slit. No observation produced an interference pattern, and observation formed a one line, one slit pattern.

If they collapse to a state of particles from a wave at the moment of detection, after they have gone past the slit device, this means that even though they went through the slit unobserved and should produce a wave (interference) pattern, the very act of observing, still, instantly transforms them into particles and collapses the wave function.

This begs the question, how could these detectors interfere with something that had already happened? It would mean that what happened in the present changed the past. The very act of detecting the particles after they go through the slit determines how they went through the slit, either as a wave or as particles. How is this possible?

Like the quantum double slit experiment, the delayed choice/quantum eraser has been demonstrated and repeated multiple times. For example, physicists at the Australian National University (ANU) have conducted John Wheeler’s delayed-choice thought experiment, and the findings were recently published in the journal Nature Physics.

In 2007 (Science 315, 966, 2007), scientists in France shot photons into an apparatus and showed that their actions could retroactively change something that had already happened.

“If we attempt to attribute an objective meaning to the quantum state of a single system, curious paradoxes appear: quantum effects mimic not only instantaneous action-at-a-distance, but also, as seen here, influence of future actions on past events, even after these events have been irrevocably recorded.” (source)

To make the experiment easier to understand, Wheeler used a cosmic scale explanation. Imagine a star emitting a photon billions of years ago, heading in the direction of planet Earth. In between, there is a galaxy. As a result of what’s known as “gravitational lensing,” the light will have to bend around the galaxy in order to reach Earth, so it has to take one of two paths, going left or going right. Billions of years later, if one decides to set up an apparatus to “catch” the photon, the resulting pattern would be an interference pattern, as explained above in the double slit experiment. This demonstrates that the photon took one way, and it took the other way. A “wave” of possibilities, but the way it took has not been defined.

One could also choose to “peek” at the incoming photon, setting up a telescope on each side of the galaxy to determine which side the photon passed to reach Earth. The very act of measuring or “watching” which way the photon comes in means it can only come in from one side. The pattern will no longer be an interference pattern representing multiple possibilities, but a single clump pattern showing “one” way.

What does this mean? It means how we choose to measure “now” affects what direction the photon took billions of years ago. Our choice in the present moment affected what had already happened in the past.

Below is a great video of Wheeler explaining.

My mind is blown just writing this article, I can’t stop thinking about it and what it could possibly mean, and how factors associated with consciousness are, in more ways than one, intertwined with what we perceive to be our physical reality. I recently published an article regarding consciousness and how it might be fundamental to the creation of our physical material world. You can read that here if interested.

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” ― Nikola Tesla

Why does all of this matter? Because it’s one of multiple experiments showing a strong connection between consciousness and physical matter. What does this mean at the classic physics scale? What does it mean with regards to the way we think, feel, perceive? What does it mean when we are talking about solutions to problems we are facing on our planet? If human consciousness could be so fundamental with regards to the ‘creation of our reality’, why aren’t we talking about it more? What impact would changing the way we look at our world have on the human experience? What would happen if we started to see things in a different light?

We tend to believe in our culture that we are beings where everything in our world is happening to us, as opposed to us being intimately connected to everything in our world. How might that knowing change the nature of our choices?

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Dr Byram Bridle Speaks For 100 Colleagues Afraid To Share Science About COVID Vaccine Concerns

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    Dr Byram Bridle and two other physicians spoke at a news conference on Parliament Hill about their experience being censored or harassed as a result of sharing their medical opinions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Do we as citizens truly want our scientists and physicians to be silenced and censored?

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Why are scientists and experts in this field scared to share concerning science regarding COVID vaccines? Just ask Byram Bridle, a viral immunologist from the University of Guelph who recently released a detailed, in-depth report regarding safety concerns about the COVID vaccines. The report was released to act as a guide for parents when it comes to deciding whether or not their child should be vaccinated against COVID-19. Bridle published the paper on behalf of one hundred other scientists and doctors who part of the Canadian COVID Care Alliance, but who are afraid to ‘come out’ publicly and share their concerns.

Bridle has stated about the Alliance,

In fact the reason that we (Canadian COVID Care Alliance) exist is sad. We exist because we’re like minded in the sense that we all want to be able to speak openly and freely about the scientist and medicine underpinning COVID-19, and we don’t feel safe to do it  anywhere else other than within our own private group, where we feel safe.

Below is our detailed report on the news conference held on Parliament Hill on June 17th, 2021. It was organized by Canadian MP Derek Sloan who has received hundreds of concerned communications from Canadian citizens about the censorship of scientists. Bridle and two other physicians spoke at the conference.

A recent article published in the British Medical Journal by journalist Laurie Clarke has highlighted the fact that Facebook has already removed at least 16 million pieces of content from its platform and added warnings to approximately 167 million others. YouTube has removed nearly 1 million videos related to, according to them, “dangerous or misleading covid-19 medical information.”

The more important questions to ask are: who is deciding what’s misleading? Who decides what’s false?

Some of the most renowned scientists and expert in this field have been subjected to this “fact-checking,” and they’ve been outspoken about how much of this fact-checking is flat out censorship. You decide.

To note: HealthFeedback.org, a fact checker, has attempted to refute some of Bridle’s claims. You can read more about them here.

 

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