Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Expertise and Resilience

Confidence is attractive in a world that is complicated, uncertain and ambiguous. The idea that even though there are tough problems in the world, there are creative geniuses who can solve them creates a sense of hope. The hopeful idea that what we need is great leadership. Someone to save us. I am sceptical of expertise. Not in the support of the popular anti-intellectual wave, but sceptical that individuals, or small groups, can have a superior disinterested understanding of the public good. I am sceptical that leadership beats empowerment. That answers beat questions. My hope lies in strong connections. In understanding that our identity, and understanding, lies in the individual links rather than the individuals. The more links, the deeper and wider the expertise. Expertise defined by resilience rather than answers.

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