Trust + Belief
Unprecedented times call for unexpected solutions. Join Applied Brilliance, in partnership with Hayworth Connect, in a series of timely webcast conversations. The overarching theme of the series is Trust and Belief, with the subtext of managing during the coronavirus crisis. The series is especially relevant today when the world and our communities need to not just get through this time but to come through changed and charged to empower great work for clients, community, friends and family. Each 60-minute conversation includes live Q/A from viewers.
Based on his research across 70 countries into how people thrive in adversity, Greg shares a system of nine practical and simple behaviors you can adopt for best surviving during the times of COVID-19. Each of these behaviors helps keep you stay up in the desirable executive function of the brain where resiliency, innovation, and human connection (even remotely) most effectively take place. Learn how to best cope and actually find positive opportunities for your own growth and well-being during these unprecedented times.
Dr. Allan Hamilton is a Harvard-trained brain surgeon who has a life-long interest in how the brain maps out experience. He has spent over a decade in modeling pandemics and trying to assess the emotional and social responses that can arise in such situations. The human brain is a marvel of planning, risk assessment, and trying to execute a strategy to obtain the best possible outcome. But what happens to the brain when it encounters a situation that it has never experienced? The answer: the brain resorts to more primitive emotional reactions because it no longer trusts its own logic. The COVID-19 pandemic has created one of those scenarios for most of us. Dr. Hamilton explains some of the brain mechanisms which take over in such a crisis and how we can learn to recognize them and overcome them.
At this point in time, it is impossible to do more than speculate about the long-term psychological and cultural effects of the Covid pandemic. What is clear is that people are living their lives very differently. They may be discovering, as they are forced to do without many things they had taken for granted, that they are not as important as they seemed to be. They may be discovering that as important as freedom of choice is to well being, just as important is security, and they may come out of this trauma willing to give up some of the former for more of the latter. They may be discovering that "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help" are not the most dangerous words in the English language. More dangerous by far is "I'm from the government and you're on your own." They may be discovering that companies need to pay more attention to stakeholders, even at the occasional expense of shareholders. And they may be discovering that connection to other people is much more important than connection to stuff. And so the world we live in when this trauma lifts may be very different from the world we lived in when the trauma started. Or, we may slowly slide back into making the same sorts of mistakes, as individuals and as a society, that we made before. What can we do to make sure that the lessons we are learning in these days of trauma are lessons we will apply after the trauma ends?
With the shelter in place orders around the country, we conducted our lives through screens at a rate even higher than the already elevated use before the pandemic. While there has been much talk about the addiction of screens, filter bubbles, and other ill effects of the online world, there is little, if any awareness of a larger, more existential effect. In this talk, David Zweig asks: When we live most of our waking hours through a medium (screens), rather than direct experience, What is Real? With entertaining anecdotes, such as the story of newlyweds stranded at a 5-star resort in the Maldives (a #1 most read article Zweig wrote for the New York Times), and a Dutch college student who faked a study abroad trip as an elaborate hoax on social media, threaded with scholarly theory, such as Alfred Korzybski's adage "the map is not the territory" and Baudrillard's simulacra, Zweig will change how you think about being online and challenge the assumptions we make about images equaling reality.