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Uncertainty makes us sweaty…

May 03, 2015

I was lucky enough to be selected to participate in the inaugural VergeNYC conference hosted by Parsons School of Design where the theme was “Action in the Face of Uncertainty.”

The question this small group of participants was there to address was this: What if we were to turn the negativity, insecurity and fear associated with uncertainty on its head? What if we leveraged uncertainty to be one of our greatest assets?

Participants worked in small groups to attack this question from a number of different angles — systems, urban policy and education to name a few. My group was assigned to explore harnassing uncertainty rather than trying to reduce or run away from it.

We used a DeRe framework developed by Ayse Birsel of Birsel + Seck, who also facilitated our group. The DeRe process involves four steps:

  • Deconstruction
  • Point of View
  • Reconstruction
  • Expression

As part of our collaboration, we explored the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of uncertainty.

What if we turned the negativity, insecurity and fear associated with uncertainty on its head? What if we leveraged uncertainty to be an asset?

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