When I was much (much) younger and actually understood the Maths I was studying, I read a wonderful little book called Flatland by Edwin Abbott. At one level it was a commentary on social hierarchy and at another an examination of the resistance of humans to recognizing – much less understanding – the concept of multiple dimensions. The book was written in 1884 BTW.

Just been watching a wonderful Ted Talk on ‘E8’ (or as it is affectionately known – Garrett Lisi’s¬†Theory of Everything ) two years after it was recorded.

In the past 125 years, we seem to have developed a little – and now routinely talk of (that is different to understand) multi-dimensional space. In Garrett’s case (he is focussed on a theoretical model with 8 dimensions, dubbed E8 – that he ‘hopes’ IS the unified field theory we have been searching for around a century now (maybe longer) – I use ‘hope’ loosley – he seems to be working with something more than hope ūüôā

At the end of a talk, Garrett gave to a small group of souls on Maui, he was asked by our host to explain E8 a little further. As he did,I couldn’t help but recall¬†Edwin’s book as he talked of how different aspects of the 8 dimensions spin in and out of focus as the model spins around. Read the book – you will see what I mean.

(BTW fellow followers – Garrett is a Maui Resident – we truly have an eclectic, stunning, and extraordinary collection of residents on this island of ours.)

This post was originally published on January 9th 2012 - and dusted off to celebrate life again ....

The sad thing is that I can see a few companies that fit this model … IBM and HP to name a couple … but there is another that has recently hove into my particular orbit¬†that is going to hit this wall soon.

For decades, we’ve tried to motivate people with money,¬†even though we’ve got a vast amount of research that shows¬†that money erodes social connectedness.¬†Now, we need to let people motivate each other.¬†And for years, we’ve thought that leaders were heroic soloists who were expected,¬†all by themselves, to solve complex problems.¬†Now, we need to redefine leadershipas an activity in which conditions are created¬†in which everyone can do their most courageous thinking together.