Most of my life has been spent working with or in information technology of some form. During that time I’ve had some experiences that have sort of “stopped me in my tracks” – from the standpoint they caused me to realize what I was experiencing at that moment seemed highly significant from a technology evolution and impact-on-daily-life perspective. Some examples of experiences that caused me to go “Whoa!”:
Thanks to Patty Azzarello I was made aware of a concept/study that Malcolm Gladwell references in one of his books. In this exercise one group of people is asked to generate a list of items that are white. Another group is asked to generate a list of white items that are commonly found in a refrigerator. Interestingly the group that generates the list from the refrigerator generally comes up with a longer list. The point of the exercise: Oftentimes by putting specificity and concreteness into the question people can focus and think more clearly. I experienced this recently in a business context, which I found both interesting and perplexing.