I’m highly nervous: tomorrow morning i present the work on Black Swans and the Limits of Hierarchy. And i made the mistake of rehearsing it.

Black Swans - how formal systems fail

I am very rarely nervous: i spend a good chunk of my time in conversations. Sharing, exploring, developing ideas. Some of this work is well understood, some much newer. The work on Black Swans is experimental, is incomplete, is a new space. My language is not complete, my thinking is not fully coherent. I do not have the full narrative.

And so i am nervous: nervous that i will trip, that i will stumble, that i will be proved an idiot as i fail to convey those ideas which are floating in my head. It’s not the fault of the rehearsal that i’m nervous: that simply made me realise that my story was stilted, and for someone who lives by stories, that’s a terrible thing.

So i’m doing what i can do, in the context of the Social Age: much as i #WorkedOutLoud when I wrote the paper, i am now #NervousOutLoud as i prepare to present it. To work out loud is to share your weakness as well as your strength. Your thinking as well as the final story.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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5 Responses to Risk

  1. Agnieszka says:

    Good luck! I think there’s a strenght in not having a finished narrative. A potential to invite the audience to co-create it.

  2. You’ll be fine, Julian. I’ll send you positive thoughts!

  3. Hey this looks good Julian – slowly as you go – they will be a long way behind – not in front of your thinking – they may catch up quick but from the beginning you will have the advantage. you will look back and smile. David

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