WHY INSIGHTNG WORKS FOR ACQUIRING NEW INSIGHTS

“…adults and children alike see their world as complex, changing, uncertain and ambiguous, and are likely to get more, not less, so.” Claxton & Lucas 2009

More and more, we are realizing that existing systems and historical approaches are becoming too brittle to withstand the kinds of uncertainties and complexities that we are being challenged with, whether that be finishing a project at work or school, making informed decisions or dealing with a complex problem.

Does your world look similar to this?

Feeling time strapped… Information overload… Found information that is seemingly irrelevant, lacks context… Don’t know where to begin…  Don’t know what to look for…  Don’t know what you don’t know… Head down, bum up so you miss what’s going on… 

We totally understand where you are coming from.  Really, we do!

After several years of research and development, we believe we have a way forward for you that can help guide and empower you through your very own, self-directed, co-creative process of discovering new and meaningful insights in a timely fashion.

What we discovered from pouring through stacks of research and talking to a large variety of individuals from around the world, including CEOs of highly successful global companies, to military leadership, to students at various levels of schooling, to our elders who have decades of knowledge and experience under the belts, is that the solution lies within each of us – that universal human experience called Human Insight.

BOTTOM LINE: Although tools and gadgets are getting easier to use, the level of complexity in our world and lives is increasing.  Ignoring our changing environment is not an option.  Most of us are in information overload and can’t readily see the forest through the trees at the best of times.  

New tools and systems are needed that provide for resiliency – the capacity, in the face of ever increasing complexity and uncertainties, for creating flexibility and innovation, to generate new orders and patterns that allow us to achieve new moments of insight faster, while also being better informed than ever before.  

QUESTION THEN IS: If the problem is not about getting access to enough information and knowledge, then why can’t we make a lot of decisions or deal with complex problems in a timely and efficient manner?

It is all about Insight – we just love that Aha! Moment

That’s right – we are talking about that “insight” thing (i.e. Moment of Insight, Eureka, Aha! Moment etc.) that most would say is experienced only a handful of times in their lives.  Sorry, but that is just plain wrong.  You have moments of insight every day – you just may not be aware of it or know how it works.  We were never taught in school how to trigger insights in our brains.  Instead, we learned the many one size fits all methods.  How has that worked out?

Thankfully, with the ground swell of forward thinking individuals and educators now leaning towards more experiential, individualized, problem based learning approaches, we can turn with credibility towards focusing on harnessing the power of that moment of insight – when previously unconnected pieces of a puzzle or problem suddenly fall into place and BOOM! you get it and know what to do next.

“While pondering this dilemma… I had an “aha” insight, one of those emotional powerful moments when suddenly what was a tangle of confusion becomes clear and understood. All I did was ask what would happen if…”Jeff Hawkins, On Intelligence

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BOTTOM LINE: The “Aha! Moment” experience provides a natural high that drives humans, especially successful individuals (e.g. CEOs, Olympic Athletes, goal achievers), to want to have this experience on a regular basis, while either being consciously or unconsciously aware of it

QUESTION THEN IS: If the Aha! Moment is what we are after, then what is needed to create them?

Encouraging new Moments of Insight!

At InsightNG, we believe that the future of higher level thinking and insight generation can be achieved through the co-creative, self-directed experience that is visualized in the image below.

Go ahead and click on the various hotspots (green dots) on the image to learn more.

 
Here are just a few things we know to be true about human insight:
  • Insight powers the decision making and problem solving process
  • Aha! is often used to express the emotional feeling one gets when solving a problem with insight
  • Discovery enables insights to occur, especially the discovery of the unexpected
  • By many definitions, insight "occurs when people recognize relationships or make associations between objects and actions that can help them solve new problems" (Britanica)
  • Insights help uncover and re-frame the true nature of a problem
  • For those of you with a scientific interest - when the Aha! Moment occurs, increased activity in the brain occurs with a sudden burst of high-frequency neural activity
    • Activity occurs primarily within the right anterior temporal area which is associated with making connections across distantly related  information during comprehension
    • Although all problem solving relies on a largely shared cortical network, the sudden flash of insight occurs when solvers engage distinct neural and cognitive processes that allow them to see connections that previously eluded them
    • Opioids are released in the amygdala, which provides a powerful and naturally created emotional feeling

"Knowledge is profoundly social... it happens only in social interactions.", Larry Prusak

 

Knowledge is also highly voluntary, so solid trust relationships and co-creation of value must be present for engagement.

 

A large portion of new ideas and formal collaborative relationships come from external contacts.

 

The trends around the value of Collective Intelligence, Collaborative Learning and Communities of Practice are undeniable and the opportunities compelling. Collaboration is based on knowledge, trust and credibility.

Knowledge can be either Tangible (i.e. structured, explicit resource knowledge of the type that a Google search provides) or Intangible (i.e. unstructured, tacit (human know-how) resource knowledge and experience).

Insight occurs when people recognize relationships or make associations between objects and actions that can help them solve new problems:  

  • Relationships between organised entities can reveal new and hidden meaning - Context is the edge!
  • Such objects, relationships and actions are referred to as knowledge
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"Explicit knowledge is simply information - lacking the human context necessary to qualify it is knowledge.", John Bordeaux

Even though there is no shortage of information available to us, knowledge is only relevant if it is aligned with the context of your situation. Human know-how augments published content by adding relatedness and ...

Access to information has never been easier. However, keep in mind that whatever is found via search engines is content published in the past, with the author's intentions in mind, whether that is obvious or not in the clarity of what was written.

 

More often than not, what you find isn't the whole story at all due to article restrictions or omissions.

Visual stimulation is the most efficient means of both obtaining and recalling knowledge when it is needed the most


 

"A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them...", Steve Jobs


 

As humans, we can only encode 7 (+ or -2) pieces of information in short term memory at a time


 

80% of the brain is dedicated to visual processing


 

"We only know what we know when we need to know it.  Human knowledge is deeply contextual and requires stimulus for recall."

BOTTOM LINE:  The most efficient way of harnessing knowledge, whether for acquiring new knowledge or recalling stored knowledge (in your brain), is through the use of visual stimulation and empowering visual thinking.

QUESTION THEN IS: If we know that knowledge is the key to insight and the most efficient way of acquiring and recalling knowledge is through visual stimulation and visual thinking, then where do we get the relevant knowledge we need?

The Power of Aggregation and Social Interactions

The years are gone, where the means for survival was to hold most of what you knew, close to your chest. In today’s world, harnessing large, aggregated amounts of data and social interactions is the new means.

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  • Aggregating knowledge and related information from our networks and relationships, enables the growth and reusability of knowledge and insight capable of adding incremental and sustainable value over time
  • For example, Google knows when flu season is starting faster than the health industry – the power of aggregating and analysing patterns
  • 70-90% of what people learn, they acquire informally by engaging in the principles of social learning
  • Hence knowledge is profoundly social and requires social interations to enable the exchange of knowledge, especially that of a tacit nature (i.e. the stuff we know)
  • The trends around the value of collective intelligence,collaborative learning and communities of practice are undeniable and the opportunities compelling
  • Co-creation of value enhances the value of collaboration and feeds the growth of knowledge sharing and those sought after “Aha Moments!”

So, how can InsightNG help you reach new Moments of Insight?

Our web based 21st Century Learning app, which we call MyCanvas, is focused on knowledge discovery, collaboration and problem-based visual learning.  It is suitable for individuals to enterprise customers (in the future) who are struggling to understand complex problems, drive important decisions, learn something difficult or even look for new ideas.

Below is a visual of one of our showcase Canvases, exploring various aspects of Visual Thinking.  If you click on the image, you will be taken to an interactive version of the real Canvas.

You can learn more about the features the platform provides by heading to our Features page and for more in-depth detail and description on the features we have built so far, you can check out our version release announcements.