Despite all the technological advances in the world, progress is ultimately defined by how we interact with each other.

The way we involve, influence and treat one another is of fundamental importance.

The irony is that the market for ‘co-creation’ is arguably the biggest in the world right now, yet nobody seems to want to do this properly.

The following Boltzmann equation stipulates that the amount of disorder, randomness or unpredictability in a system (S) is dependent on the truth (k) and the number of possible alternatives (W).

                                                     S = k log W

The truth is rarely one-sided.

Time is quickly running out for leaders globally, and more locally, to level with people to share a realistic vision to kick start inclusive growth.

This simply cannot be done in isolation.

In the meantime, people must continue to find ways to make their daily lives bearable by focusing on, what is within our control, our interactions with the person next to us.

This is not some kind of political ideology, it is common sense, social interaction makes us human.

We are creatures of information using our senses, filtered by experiences, to give information meaning thereby shaping our value(s), beliefs and knowledge.

Be mindful that our positions can evolve with every interaction.

We are a combination of leaps from one interaction to another gathering valuable information whilst committing each experience to memory.

This is what makes us feel real, alive, we exist.

It is dangerous to describe people by their position at every single moment in time without considering prior interactions.

The reality is that every person is in a different state of flux either short term due to stress, pressures and other commitments or longer term because of a different set of values, beliefs and knowledge build up over time.

Keep an open mind.

This type of awareness, understanding or emotional intelligence creates the right lens to make interactions mutually productive rather than playing artificial mirror, matching or one-upmanship games.

Dumping beliefs, values and knowledge eventually does become noise, we should instead try to ask genuine questions to let information self-surface.

Look to describe your observations without necessarily a positive or negative connotation as this is where the damage is often done.

Pressing buttons is ok to trigger a change in a gentle way however be aware of impact particularly over a prolonged period.

Stop engaging altogether is also tempting yet it means missing out on a potentially different view of the world.

We must try to remember to always think about our next interaction in anything we do to avoid the risk of drifting along with the currents taking us slowly to less desirable places.

Life is a learning process, a change out of free will takes longer but is often the most powerful force.

As depicted in the picture accompanying this article, a ‘Standard Model’ used in physics should be constructed by behavioural scientists to formulate a uniform framework outlining the fundamental forces that govern our interactions.

It is important to better understand how every action causes a reaction either internally or externally.

Our core behaviours are likely more universal than expected with local customs, protocols and etiquette perhaps more driven by operating environment rather than anything else.

A ‘Standard Model’ represents the basic building blocks to getting on with what really matters in this world.

Do what feels right.

All these steps may seem rather small compared to solving major world problems but remember that change is ubiquitous, it is less down to a single event but more often the outcome of a series of reciprocal (inter)actions.

Positions can shift.

‘Not having heard something is not as good as having heard it; having heard it is not as good as having seen it; having seen it is not as good as knowing it; knowing it is not as good as putting it into practice’ [Xun Kuang]

Humankind does not only refer to our internal structure, it also describes an external network of personal, professional and social interactions that ‘make’ or ‘break’ us.

A friend of a friend (2 degrees) must be convinced to make an impact to our world. We humans can together create a better world of our own.

Let’s accelerate the sharing of information to make this vision a reality.

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