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Month: December 2020

25 Dec 2020
Manahel Thabet

The Great Reset

We do not usually reset ourselves, except when the things that hold us up fail us and turn their backs on us. So, resetting here is an alternative solution to our collapse, or when we fail to find better alternatives than what is in our hands.

The Great Reset means keeping up with changes and adapting to new data, reformulating the world for its tools, updating, and rehabilitating the skills of individuals, in line with a new form of the entire business system.

It may be stated that we were supposed to adapt technology to customs and traditions. But what is happening now, due to the compulsion imposed by the Corona pandemic, and with slow transformations that were also led by the transformations of the age of knowledge, is that we are moving in the direction of adapting everything in order to harmonize with technology, just as oil once did when it poured human civilization into its mold and forced it to adapt to its facts.

The aspects of technology have imposed a reset of everything, which imposes adaptation and the assimilation of the new mechanisms that the business system has ended, and the reordering and reformulation of the identity of professions and jobs. In the beginning, it was palatable, including the pattern of remote work and distance education.

The urgent need to reset began coinciding with the beginnings of the Corona crisis, and I consider it a crisis to produce a transformation and accelerate the resetting process more than an epidemic crisis, as many people have lost their jobs, jobs and money invested in stock portfolios, which they spent a long time in their lives to build up. After hoping for an economically stable life that secures their future and the future of their children, panic began to prevail in the world, then, gradually, the black clouds began to dissolve. This happened when the activation of the mechanisms of the knowledge-based practical system provided its features and tools, and many people began to adapt to these, and practice their old work with a new look that keeps pace with the transformations imposed by activation of the knowledge system, and reset them according to its mechanisms, which are mechanisms that are not born or imposed by the Corona pandemic. Rather, they existed before, yet the Corona crisis has brought them all to the surface and imposed activation. When it is in their hands, as an option that secures it from collapse, it will be about the most able to adapt to the new mechanisms in the sectors of business, professions and jobs, and the worthiest will survive. Those who cannot reset and adapt, will be exported outside this square, which has imposed the readjustment on the world to adapt according to the data.

Economic competition, according to the assumptions of the reset, has come to mean that someone is able, through technology applications, to purchase a commodity from anywhere in the world, without limits or distances that prevent it, and it also means that a seller behind screens in China can compete with a traditional seller in a local store in any country in the world.

These transformations and the presumptions of reset impose the existence of radical changes in all sectors, including medicine, in which all the balance of power has changed. So, obtaining a drug using artificial intelligence has become much easier, as well as searching for vaccination against any disease, as it takes five to ten years to find out its side effects. And here we see a vaccine that was manufactured in less than a year.

Keeping up with, and adapting, according to the data of the reset process, which the world has arrived at in the sectors of business, professions and jobs, requires the world to reformulate its tools, through a process of updating and rehabilitating the skills of all individuals in accordance with the new form, which has been reset according to its data, which are both mechanisms and data: The New Transformation.

Life will pass by those who have willpower and those who do not have it, but who will reserve the advanced seats in the future, for those who are always able to reset, for the strongest desire and the most able to change and adapt to the new facts of life?

Finally, one can ask: Do we consider that reality, with all its facts, failed us in the Corona pandemic, so we had to reset to adapt to more feasible alternatives?

Author : Manahel Thabet
Published December 25, 2020
Al Bayan Newspaper

21 Dec 2020
Capacity for Innovation

The 5 Steps That Will Boost Your Creativity and Capacity for Innovation

Today I came across a wonderful article about the creative capacity of one of the characters that I find most fascinating: Albert Einstein and I remembered something I learned from my professor in neuroscience, Dr. Irena O’Brien, when she was talking to me about the science behind the insight generation process or those “Aha Moments!” that we have all lived at some point.

He just gave Albert Einstein as an example, who described his own process of generating these “Aha Moments!” take a big speculative leap to a conclusion and then trace the connections to verify the idea .

But, perhaps like me at that moment, you are wondering what is it to make a speculative leap to a conclusion, and the answer is to think of unconventional, non-obvious explanations or solutions, even without apparent logic, and then how Einstein did trace the connections to verify the idea.

When Albert Einstein developed the theory of relativity, he made a huge leap over the traditional laws known so far. And when I think of great innovators, like Steve Jobs and his idea of the creation of the first iPod, John F. Kennedy and his speech of the first trip to the moon at the beginning of the 60s, or Bill Gates and the creation of the first operating system for personal computers, I realize that everyone has started making these great “mental” leaps .

At present, scientists have studied in depth how the process of creativity and innovation works within our brain and what conditions can favor the appearance of these “Aha Moments” in human beings.

There are 5 fundamental steps that I want to talk to you about very quickly:

1. Exploration. A creative brain is a brain that has been exposed to different stimuli, learnings, experiences, that has an open and flexible mind. I love to think, for example, of the great Salvador Dalí , who, of course, was an extraordinary architect, but in turn had a great passion for nature, history, theater, painting and literature. It was the combination of all these passions that fueled his extreme creativity.

2. Focus. A brain that, on the other hand, achieves mastery through practice and repetition is also capable of finding innovative solutions to complex problems in a given area. One of the artists I admire the most is named Ed Sheeran, once in one of his interviews he was asked about how his creative process flows. He replied that he spends more than eight hours a day writing songs, he can write up to 10 a day, to end up with more than 200 songs, of which only 12 or 15 are selected for the new album.

He reinforced that out of 200 songs only 12 or 15 are really very good, but that the rest are part of his creative process. This really surprised me! But I loved hearing it because it debunks that myth that people like him are given everything easy. If it is true that they have great talent, but where the real magic occurs is in the hours and hours of dedication, focus and practice.

3. Incubation. This stage, after exploration and focus, tells us about letting that creative idea rest, that solution we are looking for, perhaps taking a relaxing walk, doing meditation, taking a bath, going to sleep, taking a nap, clearing our mind. , have a pleasant conversation with someone. It is a stage in which we let our unconscious mind (or diffuse mode of thinking, if you’ve read my e-book Learning to Learn , you know what I’m talking about, if you can’t download it for free here) to work to find a creative and innovative solution to our problem.

4. Insight (“Moment Aha!). According to the scientific study done by Kounios, J., and Beeman, M. in 2009 ” The Aha! Moment: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Insight “, although it seems that these” Aha! Moments “were sudden and disconnected from previous thought processes, studies carried out through electroencephalograms have been able to determine that these” revelations “really – that creative idea and The only one that comes to our mind without apparent explanation, that sudden understanding of a problem we were facing and its corresponding solution, even the understanding of a joke or the resolution of a riddle, is given by previous thought processes in different areas of our brain .

All have been originated by the previously described stages: Exploration , Focus and Incubation .

That is, while we can’t force ourselves to have these “Aha! Moments” At a specific moment, what we can be sure of is that the process to be able to show them more frequently in our life is to precede them enough: Exploration, Focus and Incubation . They will simply appear because this is their natural process of occurrence.

Isn’t that amazing? That’s how wonderful our brain is.

5. Monitoring or evaluation. This last stage consists of the analytical evaluation of this new creative idea and its validation, and for this we will be using the areas of our brain that are in charge of our critical thinking and decision making.

I hope that knowing these five steps to unleash your creative and innovation process will help you a lot.

Thanks for getting here! I really wanted to share with you this information that I find so fascinating and so important in these times in which we live, in which creativity is one of the most powerful skills we have for the growth and expansion of our life and our endeavors.

Source: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/361391

18 Dec 2020
Manahel Thabet

The “Commodification” of water

The year 2020 refuses to end peacefully. After all the tragedies that have decimated humanity, here comes more. Days ago, for the first time in the world, the establishment of the world’s first market for water futures contracts was announced, and this may lead to speculation by financiers who may trade water as if it were a commodity like oil and gold.

Water is a fundamental right, just like air, and it belongs to everyone. It is a public good. It is closely related to human life and livelihoods, and it is an essential component of public health. It has been so always, and it will remain so.

When water is announced as a commodity for trading in the global stock market and, as is happening now, treated as gold, oil and other commodities that are traded on Wall Street’s financial market, within years, the price of water may rise beyond that of oil in some areas. Most countries and all the west will depend on power plants that depend on the fusion of corn (FT) as a source of energy. This will be followed by the demand for oil decreasing to a degree that affects its prices, and as a result, there will be a noticeable rise in the price of water.

The danger is that only agricultural establishments and large industrial facilities will be able to buy water, which will lead to the marginalization of the weak economic sector, such as small farmers. This doubles the hardship of the lower classes in such sectors, and increases the injustice that they face as a result, similar to the wave of “automation” and “adaptation” that imposed a forced exclusion of the workforce in these sectors which replaced humans with machines.

According to a special United Nations report, water is already under severe threat from the planet’s growing population, increasing demand, and dangerous pollution from agriculture and the mining industry. In the context of the exacerbation of the impact of climate change, the report stresses that water is a vital resource for the economy. However, water contains a set of vital values for societies, which the market fails to realize.

These vital values that the market does not realize have necessitated the ongoing global discussions about the environmental, social and cultural values of water, in conjunction with the news indicating that it will be traded on the futures market on “Wall Street” stressing that water is a basic human right.

The disaster that awaits is that countries with rivers and their people who depend on agriculture industry for their livelihoods will end up having to pay for water.

This situation in turn puts the world before the need to reconsider and redefine the seventeen sustainable development goals, both because of the Corona pandemic that befell the world, and to face new challenges, including the challenge of commodifying water that adds up to the exacerbation of climate change impact.

It can be said that the conflict in human history has always been constant, and the human culture, with its renewed ways of life, is changing. This is an obvious fact. Man used to establish his civilization always around water and close to its origins, declaring long wars for that privilege. In spite of having achieved it, we are now returning to square one, announcing the beginnings of a new era – an era of conflict and water wars.

Author : Manahel Thabet
Published December 18, 2020
Al Bayan Newspaper