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Paul T. Kidd 3/14/2016
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Is intellectual flexibility more worthy than it is profitable? Is global intellectual citizenship a road to perdition? Might simultaneously inhabiting all four domains, or all the silos of enlightenment, entail a loss in disciplinary expertise and research proficiency? Perhaps. Still, you can’t have one without the other: central (disciplinary) vision will get you far, but peripheral (antidisciplinary) vision will get you farther. So while the ability to occupy all four domains simultaneously requires the kind of expertise that sacrifices expertise, it is a sine qua non for a worthy spin.
So while the ability to occupy all four domains simultaneously requires the kind of expertise that sacrifices expertise, it is a sine qua non for a worthy spin.
We need people who can do this - I coined the term Life Systems Architect to cover this. Architects need specialists, and specialists need the Architect. Without the Architect the specialists are lost, fragmented, caught in their reductive view. The Architect brings to the activity that which the specialists cannot, sees the whole, and looks towards costs, utility, as well as aesthetics.
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Danny Chambers 3/22/2016
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I am glad this was highlighted, and addressed as a counter point. To this point in the development of technology (read: tools) we have made the tasks of the single dicipline expert much more effcient. Consider adobe suite for creatives and matlab for engineers and scientists. While new tools for communication certainly enable the “life systems architect” to do a better job, I see technology first and foremost addressing the needs of concise tasks. Fortunetely, this increased efficiency and automation frees up the humans who would other wise be working in strict silos to consider the entire landscape and focus on creating connections.