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Having learned that innovative problem solving is a taught skill, I have built great curiosity around the soft skill development of compassion, empowerment and fearlessness to become a systems disruptor. How do we develop and encourage a new type of empowered creator who sees themselves as actors in a larger system, has access to innovative problem solving skills, who has compassion for other suffering and confidence to understand they can contribute to change. Developing a state of mind which can sit easily within uncertainty, work creatively and with ease in teams and is emboldened to make change has the potential to make great impact on our world.


Maturana explains that the expansion of our species was founded in capabilities of consensuality, and the capacity to participate in generation, expansion and operation of living together (1996). Our ability to communicate through language opens possibility for consensuality which drives intelligence and process. Maturana goes on to argue that differences in intelligence are not do to their capacity for consensuality but differences in emotional control. “Ambition, competitiveness, anger, envy, aggression and fear reduce intelligence, because they restrict the domain of openness for consensuality. Only love expands intelligence. Love opens us to see and enter in collaboration” (1996).  

Intrinsic motivation is of particular interest in designing educational programming as the learning outcomes associated with intrinsically motivated goals have been studied to be marginally hirer than extrinsically motivating learning outcomes. Understanding the conditions that create intrinsically motivated tasks becomes of great values to considering how best we learn.


Deci and Ryan (2000) have studied human motivation and come to distinguish the differences between a human’s intrinsic motivation (doing something because it is inherently enjoyable) and extrinsic motivation (doing something because it leads to a separable outcome).

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