Women think differently
I was looking through the Clean Tech group on LinkedIn and found a cool article from Sami Shiro talking about a recent law in Norway passed that mandates 40% of all executive boards be women. He went on to discuss how this new way of thinking could help us with our sustainability dilemma. By creating a holistic goal if you will, you force/allow the companies to figure out their own way to get there. Sami gave the two examples of businesses and homes becoming carbon neutral by 2020 and 75% of water usage recycled by 2015. Non-compliance would have strict consequences such as mandating homes/businesses to buy appropriate technology to reach the target after a set period of time. In the case of the Norway boards, if they don’t reach their goal in 2 years, the company will be shut down!
I found this fascinating… is our world starting to wake up? Is the man’s way of thinking becoming outdated and even under-evolved? Very linear, physical, territorial, power obsessed… and yet now we’ve reach the edge, we’ve maxed out our world. There’s no more land to take over, nothing left to conquer, nowhere else for people to live, and no more resources to fight over other than oil (and this will be the last hoorah). Something has to change, and it starts with our thinking. I’ve been doing a lot of GT’ing about how that can happen, and the best thing I’ve come up with is a swift shift in global power from male to female.
We’ve always known that we think differently, but what does that mean? Traditionally, men have created a world in which they are the powerful being. This may be true in the physical sense, but as I alluded to before, the physicality of our world is at its max and is now ready for an emotional, mental, and spiritual transcendence.
I believe women have a more holistic way of thinking… thinking about the whole and leading in a way that can create holistic harmony. We’ve all heard that women tend to use both halves of their brain whereas men are locked in the left hemisphere, which is proven to be the linear, methodical, serial processor of the mind… the side that recognizes our self. Whereas the right hemisphere is the holistic, artistic, parallel processor, that sees patterns in nature and grasps the “whole” opposed to fragmented components… the side that recognizes the unity and oneness of everything.
Please watch this incredible TED talk from Jill Bolte Taylor. It is possibly the most moving presentation I’ve ever seen… brings me to tears. If you have time, I highly recommend watching the whole video. Click one of the buttons below to watch.