In an interesting video Bret Victor gives some insight to what could be the future. This could be a BIG break-through. The current model of interaction can be changed to something that supports creativity better.
Guided by the principle of ”Creators need immidiate connection” – to see the results from their work immediately – he shows ways to follow that principle in programming and in other fields and compares this to other previous inventions.
The talk is called ”Inventing on Principle” and can be found here. The fun begins after a couple of minutes. In the end he has some really interesting thoughts.
People are different. We all have a tempo that makes us comfortable. The time it takes to collect necessary information, discuss the subject with others and then decide is different. I use a quick style. I don’t like the feeling when the decision is like: ”We’ll wait because we’re not ready…” and to me those times feels like ”until the moon falls down” which is forever. With my style of making decisions fast you also need to be able to change and to do it with grace. Changing my mind and position is not difficult at all.
I suppose other people, my opposite, think that changing a decision by taking it back is awful. That is why they need to wait another week to make the decision in the first place. I can see advantages with their way also. Their decisions are well thought of.
The winner is the one who can sometimes use a quick style and sometimes do a slow. That is to adopt to current situation. That is timing to me. Timing is essential.
I wish I could be better to trust other peoples judgement when they decide to wait. I also think in general that managers gain a lot if they are on the quicker side.
I feel even more awkward in the swedish culture. I don’t like ”Jantelagen” – the ”rule” that no one is allowed to grow without someone else asking ”What do you think you are? Something special, huh? Don’t try to. It wont work for you either”. I think swedish culture is too much based on consensus and not taking personal responsibility. On the other hand I feel more accepted in an international context. My way, my personal way of beeing, communicating, seems to be accepted and welcomed among other english-speaking people. Perhaps due to the fact that there are no rules in a global world how to behave.
Everyone is accepted on equal terms. There is no right or wrong way to behave. There is no history. We are only human beeings. That is beeing more cosmopolitan to me.