Part of the argument of this blog is that we need lots of cognitive diversity, different takes on the world that listen to each other, interact and invent new approaches, if we are to have a chance to solve our most pressing global problems. Even people who deny there are such problems should be listened to, if only to find better arguments for why the changes we face are likely to be such a roller coaster.
I really liked Susan Cain’s TED talk about the virtues of introverts and the need to ensure society, business and education are shaped to respect the half of the population who are not extroverts and need time alone to think….
Here is her intro to her new book:
My book, “QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” is now available in bookstores and from your favorite online bookseller.
Before I became a writer, I practiced corporate law for seven years, representing clients like JP Morgan and General Electric, and then worked as a negotiations consultant, training all kinds of people, from hedge fund managers to TV producers to college students negotiating their first salaries. My clients have included Merrill Lynch, Shearman & Sterling, One Hundred Women in Hedge Funds, and many more. I went to Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
From all this you might guess that I’m a hardcore, wonderfully self-confident, pound-the-table kind of person, when in fact I’m just the opposite. I prefer listening to talking, reading to socializing, and cozy chats to group settings. I like to think before I speak (softly). I’ve never given a speech without being terrified first, though I’ve given many. And somehow I know that everything I’ve ever accomplished, in love and in work, I owe to these traits, annoying though they may sometimes be. I’ve explored this paradox in my first book, “QUIET: The Power of Introverts In a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” due out from Crown Publishers in the U.S., and Viking/Penguin in the U.K., in January 2012.
I live on the banks of the Hudson River in an 1822 captain’s cottage with my beloved husband, sons, and magnolia trees. My favorite activities are reading, writing, lounging around cafés, and doing the mambo with my family. I use a lot of old-fashioned expressions. A few times a year, I try to like cooking. I’m insatiably curious about human nature.
Here is Susan: