What does all this high-flying text about my life mission mean?
When I say...
My life mission is to identify and make visible the subtle ways of cruelty and evil ...
...that cause the majority of the unnecessary and unproductive human suffering...
- and enable, encourage and incentivise institutional and transformational change to decrease that suffering.
There is unnecessary and unproductive suffering in the world due to a series of mismatches between
...this is what I mean:
While it is relatively easy to spot obvious acts of cruelty and evil in the world (e.g. Hitler's actions during World War II, rape, murder, child abuse, etc), I believe actually the majority of unnecessary pain in the world is caused by cruelty and evil that we as a society do not properly identify - and hence passively overlook, endorse and enable. Examples of this include
As you can read from the examples, all of this deals with complex system-level phenomena. The problems cannot be solved by simplistic black-and-white thinking, rules or judgment of "the other side". They require profound systems intelligence, realistic compromising, as well as will to actually do something about it.
My focus is in the above mentioned actions that cause pain which is
I don't want to just describe the phenomenon - I want to actually do something about it. That is why I have chosen a path that aims to combine the relentless analytical thinking of the academic world with the get-shit-done attitude of the business world. In plain English this means that I am doing institutional/societal entrepreneurship projects to change the way things are.
Let me give you an example from my current #1 project that aims at re-institutionalising the concept of leadership. An example of the "unnecessary and unproductive suffering" from this phenomenon - suboptimal leadership - could be the fact that we discourage people with a strong will and skill to do what's right (in addition to their skill of getting things done) from aiming at top management positions. I believe there are two primary mechanisms through which a change can be created to this issue:
All in all, I believe much of what I can contribute to the world has to do with making sense of people's actions, intentions, wants and needs - and the interaction of the four. My strength lies in being able to see through people's seemingly counter-intuitive actions and dig deeper to understand why their wishes and dreams are far away from their self-inflicted "should's" and "must's" - which once again are far away from the reality of action.
Sound intense? Well, that's just the happy little whacko I am!