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In this episode Joel & Antonia blend 3 frameworks together (general semantics, systems thinking and Graves Model) applying them to the recent Baltimore City riots of 2015.

In this podcast on the Baltimore City Riots 2015 you’ll find:

  • Albert Einstein said, “If I had only one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem, and only five minutes finding the solution”.
  • Why did the riots happen if it started as a peaceful protest?
  • Far more people were protesting than rioting. People feel marginalized or mistreated often by police force.
  • When it comes to managing life, some people tend to take the faster route or shortcuts. For example, when trying to lose weight, some would prefer taking in pills instead of altering their diet or physical activities. Because we have this mentality that life is moving so fast, we become indifferent with finding high quality solutions. As a result, we end up in the same pattern over and over again.
  • We aren’t really spending time in thinking and arriving with the best solution for the problem.
  • How do we create sustainable solutions to the problems we’re facing?
  • There were 10K protesters. Why are so many people feeling unheard in Baltimore City? Why did peaceful protesting turn into rioting?
  • The first system was the concept of general semantics.
  • There are different classifications of people who are protesting and rioting.
  • Idea of systems thinking – the idea that there’s no such thing as direct cause and direct effect.
  • There’s still different nodes in the system. So what are the other things that are influencing the emergent of riots?
  • Riots are the symbol that the system is not right.
  • Baltimore’s Graves’ level. Being able to breakdown exactly where people fall in the Graves help make it no longer exclusively racial.
  • In both the black and white communities, you can see a strong Graves’ 2 and 3 culture represented which is unusual. There’s something about the city itself that encourages people to stay at Graves’ 2. New folks (Graves’ 5 or 6) who are moving in and establishing new and cool businesses are welcomed well. Anywhere you have a lot Graves’ 2s, you will see a lot of Graves 3s. Graves 3s are war leaders.
  • Graves’ 3s don’t have that long timeline and they also have that neighborhood mentality but it’s not about unconditional love, it’s about domination and control.
  • Hence, when riots occur, they’re mostly Graves’ 3s.
  • The resistance to go to Graves’ 4 is understandable.
  • When we are in a certain level of development, we tend to forget what it is like to be in the previous level. This results in clashes because we forget the other person’s world view.
  • Being able to understand these maps and models generates an ability to figure out what’s going on.
  • As you’re dealing with challenges, ask yourself these questions:
  • What reality are you creating with your words?
  • What words am I using?
  • How am I oversimplifying things?
  • What are the nodes of the systems that I’m not seeing?
  • What’s the Graves’ level that’s going on with people?
  • How are we dealing between clashes on Graves’ levels?
  • What personality types are we basing? What are they doing when they’re defensive?
  • What strategies are we implementing in order to run from our biggest fears?
  • Having all these models available around you, will make you understand what’s going on.

Exercises we recommend in this podcast:

Anytime you’re having challenges in life, ask yourself “what problem am I actually trying to solve here?”

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  • Amber N.

    Another wisdom packed podcast. You gave me a lot to think about.

  • Katie

    This was very helpful! Will you consider doing another similar application to the U.S. political climate/election? (2016)

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