Dear Fellow Human Being,
My name is Chris Hsiung. Here is what I think the problem is with the world (which incidentally includes me):
- Exponentially increasing amounts of knowledge and information. The explosion of economic development brought about by technology, financial systems, and an infusion of resources has led to rapid changes never before experienced in the history of humankind. This means that we not only need to learn, we also have to learn how to learn.
- Over-reliance on specialists, experts, and institutions for our learning. Unfortunately our education system has eroded our capacity to learn at systemic levels. Narrow specialization allows us to dissociate business from ethics or environment from technology. With ever greater dependency on institutions, we need to become more self-authorized in our learning.
- Complexity of systemic issues we face everyday. The most pressing issues we face today are systemic and cannot be solved by oversimplifying them. Developing sustainable businesses, vibrant communities, or healthy economies require facing the complexity.
Here is what I think the solution entails:
- Learn how to integrate multiple fields of study
- Draw lessons from everyday life, current events, and the recorded history of humanity
- Face the complexity.
Unfortunately, the solution requires a level of discipline that I have not been trained for. And so I try best as I can to make sense of the full range of humanity and life. This blog is a public sharing of my searching and stumbling.
More about me
If you’ve gotten this far, then it makes sense for us to get to know each other a little better. In North America it is custom to ask, “What do you do?” As in, how do you make a living? Well, I have had and continue to have many titles: business consultant, a software engineer, life coach, video storyteller, documentary filmmaker. I try not to be defined by my economic role in society even if it seems that it affects every aspect of our lives.
Better perhaps is to ask, “What do you live for and how are you going about that?” Growing up, I’m sure I once lived for food, for security, for love and affirmation. I have also lived for getting good grades in school, for getting a good paying job, or for getting a new gadget. I have lived for status, for fame, for respect. But none of these things necessarily helps anybody in the long run.
These days I try to live to carry on the torch of humanity. Only recently have I tried to even get to know humanity, its history, its failings and its potential. We’ve been so narcissistic for so long, we’ve actually forgotten we are part of a larger community. My parents immigrated to Canada hoping to make a better life for me. I hope to make a better life for my kids and the kids around the world.
This basic realization that I am a stranger to humanity began with a fateful encounter with Romeo Dallaire and the horrors of the Rwandan genocide. It led me to re-think my nine-year career in telecommunications software design.
Today, I spend much of my time presenting and researching curriculum through Leadership Calgary, a program studying the successes and failures of human civilization. I consult with entrepreneurs and small business owners both privately and through Momentum, a non-profit community economic development agency. I also started Hidden Story Productions, a small video company that seeks to capture and share stories which deepen our understanding the life situation.
So if you’re curious about my search for how to deal with the above mentioned problem. Subscribe to my newsletter and keep in touch.
You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.