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What's next?

This page was created a long time ago.

Familiarity with the changing social and economic picture is essential all of your thinking.

In a sense site usage determines how it is used and what's next.

The illustrations on this page are visualization aids for the action and end result descriptions.

On the key ideas page I mention that this site is a CORE strategic resource and a CORE diagnostic tool. Also I mention a framework. These ideas are explored in the following paragraphs.

Just below is a time usage map. It provides a framework for thinking about core time allocation. Observing where our time goes may provide us with a diagnosis.

More detailed map

Thinking canvas development
Thinking canvas content alternatives

Wisely choosing our time investments relies heavily on a foundation for future directed decisionsread more. An adequate foundation is the result of time investments.

The illustration immediately below is a thinking canvas and simple core framework for creating an immediate work map for navigating the roads ahead—what's happening in time. Navigating the roads ahead requires future directed decisions and these decisions require time investments. At what point do we have an adequate work map?

The immediate work map draws on a idea palette and an interest profile that is created by exploring this site (see diagram below) and noting areas of interest in a hierarchical manner—big ideas containing smaller ideas.

The concept is strategic because it sits at the highest conceptual level.

It is diagnostic because it connects expected outcomes in a real world moving in time with areas of work and suggests that the thinker evaluate the adequacy of the workwhat needs doing? Does the work map explain how we got to this point in social and economic development and what we need to do the be healthy in the futureS?

Every branch on the diagram could have a thinking canvas. Every branch could be calendarized. The entire system could be calendarized.
Branches with a icon have links.

The image just below illustrates that different roads (approaches or courses of action) have different expectations and different challenges.

The next image is an example of a what's next radar.


A different selection and arrangement of time life navigation © (TLN) elements and TIME investments:

TLN Work Map

Life design to daily work

The images above are examples of exploration maps, interest profiles, and work maps. Each branch is a concept or link contained on the interest profile page. The idea is to explore the one's you're interested in, mark off the ones you're not interested in. You now have an interest profile that can be judged to see if it produces an adequate time-life navigation work map—a work approach that is adequate to the challenges ahead. This is also a tentative working draft or initial blue print of your Life-TIME investment system.

If you happen to run across a paragraph—on a site page—that strikes you as being out of whack with reality you're free to re-write it and then test it against the news (my blog). Suggestions welcome

The most basic way to use the site is described in topic 4 of the Time-life navigation (TLN) key ideas page and is illustrated on the radar page. An initial example worksheet might be helpful. Eventually some additional software tools will be needed as well as organizing your computer hard drive folder structure to match your interest profile.

For additional info on mind mapping, see the NovaMind web site

In summary this page concerns work approach techniques or maybe a work approach system visualization for adequacy testing. Everyone will have different interests and different tools. You'll need to devise your own system.

See life-system view (work maps in the context of a system moving in dual time)

Want to start a business? It requires a business plan. More than that it requires a solid foundation that begins years in advance.

Java applet navigation aid (see What's next Java Applet above)

Life-TIME Investment system is the starting point for “What's next”


“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic”. — Peter Drucker

The shift from manual workers who do as they are being told — either by the task or by the boss — to knowledge workers who have to manage themselves ↓ profoundly challenges social structure

Managing Oneself is a REVOLUTION in human affairs.” … “It also requires an almost 180-degree change in the knowledge workers’ thoughts and actions from what most of us—even of the younger generation—still take for granted as the way to think and the way to act.” …

… “Managing Oneself is based on the very opposite realities: Workers are likely to outlive organizations (and therefore, employers can’t be depended on for designing your life), and the knowledge worker has mobility.” ← in a context




These pages are attention directing tools for navigating a world moving toward unimagined futures.

It’s up to you to figure out what to harvest and calendarize
working something out in time (1915, 1940, 1970 … 2040 … the outer limit of your concern)nobody is going to do it for you.

It may be a step forward to actively reject something (rather than just passively ignoring) and then figure out a coping plan for what you’ve rejected.

Your future is between your ears and our future is between our collective ears — it can’t be otherwise. A site exploration starting point



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