Dimensional thinking and doing

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Creation of layers

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We create layers of experiences from what is important (interests - why) and valuable (values - how) to us at every moment of our lives.

They are the two primary dimensions.

  1. Interest, the active dimension, spans
    1. from autonomy
    2. to participation.
  2. Values, the second one, spans
    1. from coherence
    2. to connectedness.
  3. In turn, the layers they create, constructs a third dimension we can use to create new layers from (= emergence)
    1. competencies
    2. to our relevant goals.

How this works is best explained by the theory of constructed emotions.



Brief overview

The grids hereafter only depicts a tiny part of the vast amount of layers you, and we together, create throughout our life.

In most cases, when we are focused on a specific topic, we are (only) aware of the horizontal connections in the grid. Still, we are unaware of the vast vertical consequences connected to the case.



Why How What
Interests Values Goals
Active dimension Evaluative dimension Potential dimension
From what is important for me


what is important for us.

From what has meaning to me


what is the meaning for us

From my competencies


the relevance of actions for the bigger situation

Inner focus
Temperament Prestige Pleasure Payment
Emotions Worries and concerns.

What stands in your way?

Resources and skills.

What would be the best way for you to contribute ?

Hopes and goals.

What do you want to accomplish?

Cognition Defence Diplomacy Development
Cognition Patterns Principles Processes
Other focus
Behaviour Courage Compassion Curiosity
Behaviour - Trust Autonomy Connectedness Competencies
Behaviour - Responsibility Participation Coherence Relevance
Psychology Cognitive dissonance Fundamental attribution error Base-rate neglect
Philosophy Ernst Fehr Beliefs Preferences Constraints
Philosophy - Brain Striking and beautiful Right and good Correct
Outer focus
Experiential Self-conscious Socially aware Environmentally aware
Experiential Self confidence Self appreciation Selfknowledge
Experiential Insight Lucidity Perspective
Cultural embedding - History Fire Campfire. Joint meals Culture transfer. Formation of groups and societies
Cultural embedding Jan Terlauw How did I become who I am? What's the matter with the world? (What's going on around me?) How do we solve it? It's solvable!




Why How What
Interests Values Goals
Active dimension Evaluative dimension Potential dimension
Why is there an opportunity to invent / advance / ...? How will we make it work? What drives the use?
Action Strategy - Corporate futuring Organisational futuring Market awareness - Innovation awareness - Customer experience
The telegraph The battery The electromagnet Cables
Railroad The steam engin High-strength steel The telegraph, essential for coordinating operations
Car Petroleum refining The gasoline engine The assembly line
Shopping centre Centralized cost-effective manufacturing that provide low-cost (instead of craft-made) products Railroads that enabled low-cost distribution of goods Mass production of pulp paper enabling massive volumes of catalogs to be produced and distributed at low cost
Air conditioning The electric motor The centrifugal compressor The distribution of cheap electricity
IBM computer The silicon transistor The magnetic tape Computer logic (software)
Cellphone technology The lithium battery Microprocessors LCD screen
Amazon The internet Data centres The smartphone
Logistic chain Platform economy WWW, AI, 5G Need for predictable, transparant and efficiënt supply chains



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