A draft of “Naturally Relational,” the fourth chapter of the proposed book, GRIN Free – GRIN Together: How to let people be themselves (and why you should), has been posted at GRINFree.com. This is the second of four chapters describing the heritage, social importance, and needs of people by GRIN-type. It is designed to foster sensitivity and appreciation for the naturally relational, and to offer practical suggestions about creating social environments which support them.
Published in this month’s Computers & Society, Our Responsibility to Manage Evaluative Diversity, summarizes Moral Ecology Approaches and the GRINSQ validation study. Responding to Nick Bostrom’s Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies, it describes the responsibility of the information technology industry to protect evaluative diversity (much like the responsibilities of the energy and manufacturing industries to protect biodiversity).
We all need to be aware of the value of diversity, but certain industries have special responsibility because mass-production can have especially high impact (good, as well as bad) on ecosystems. Massive swathes of decision-making are already designed in bulk by software makers and distributors such as Samsung, Apple, Accenture, Tata, Deloitte, Foxconn, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Facebook, Dell, Oracle, PWC, Yahoo, Baidu, KPMG, Ernst & Young, SAP, Wikimedia, Symantec, eBay, Tencent, and Infosys. If no trusted-third-party monitors specific impacts, these kinds of companies will likely take blame by default. On the other hand, the discovery of social responsibility also provides opportunity to differentiate themselves.
A draft of “Natural Gadfly,” the third chapter of the proposed book, GRIN Free – GRIN Together: How to let people be themselves (and why you should), has been posted at GRINFree.com. This is the first of four chapters describing the heritage, social importance, and needs of people by GRIN-type. It is designed to foster sensitivity and appreciation for natural gadflies, and to offer practical suggestions about creating social environments which support them.
Expert scholarship related through stories, this book empowers readers to free themselves from GRIN-closeting, free their loved-ones from GRIN-discrimination, and maintain environments where GRIN-diversity can flourish.
Part 1: GRIN Free
Chapter 1: Discovering How to Be More Free
The story of how evaluative diversity is being discovered.
Chapter 5: Naturally Institutional
The legacies, social value, and needs of the naturally institutional.
Chapter 7: Discovering Other Orientations
How to extend the GRIN model.
Chapter 8: Monitor Your Freedom via Smartphone
Emerging technologies for promoting GRIN-freedom.
Part 2: GRIN Together
Chapter 9: GRIN Ecosystem Management
Applying lessons from biological ecosystems
Chapter 10: Altruism
How flourishing societies balance individualism
Chapter 11: Mysticism
How flourishing societies balance reason
Chapter 12: Social Change
How flourishing societies balance inherited norms
Chapter 13: Expecting the Unexpectable
How flourishing societies balance negotiation
Chapter 14: Rules Against Rule-Following
How flourishing societies balance institutions
Chapter 15: Imitating Non-imitators
How flourishing societies balance relationship
Chapter 16: Deviating from Deviance
How flourishing societies balance gadflies
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The Teachings are a set of tools used to balance evaluative types in Judaism, Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam, Science, and perhaps other institutions as well. The fact that all eight of these institutions employ this same set of tools raises the question of whether it is possible for a society to flourish long-term without the Teachings, without the humility they facilitate, and without the active evaluative diversity which humility permits.
Humility is itself a balance between relinquishing power and maintaining one’s identity. Being humble is different from being closeted (i.e. when one hides one’s identity), but it nonetheless resolves conflict. If humility is spread across all evaluative types, then none is oppressed and there is a truly rich collaboration. Thus, among social creatures, humility is extremely valuable. However, it may be difficult to obtain without the help of the Teachings.
Less institutional tools exist for managing evaluative diversity, but the Teachings are time-tested, so excluding them from one’s management strategy could be risky. As their name suggests, to implement the Teachings involves communicating them. That may require translating them into other languages, explaining them, motivating learners to attend to them (especially when the communication is a reminder), and/or creating learning capacities and environments.
The full set of Teachings includes:
To balance individualism: The Teaching of Altruism
To balance reason: The Teaching of Mysticism
To balance inherited norms: The Teaching of Social Change
To balance negotiation: Expecting the Unexpectable
To balance institutions: Rules Against Rule-Following
To balance relationship: Imitating Non-imitators
To balance gadflies: Deviating from Deviance
Christopher Santos-Lang, the author of Moral Ecology Approaches, has been invited to discuss evaluative diversity with the Madison Interfaith Dialogue group at their next monthly meeting, 10:00am-noon on Wednesday, 2/12/2014, at the guest house of Holy Wisdom Monastery, 4200 County Road M, Middleton, WI. He will request help editing the Famous arguments section of the evaluative diversity Wikipedia article listing arguments from diverse faith/philosophical traditions.