Monday, May 2, 2011

Dan Pink Question

Here's the place to post your thoughtful, provoking, and hopefully insightful question to ask Mr. Pink on May 9th. Questions are due by 5/5.

66 comments:

  1. Do you think education should be modified to adapt to a Conceptual Age? If so, what means do you think education should take to prepare students for a Conceptual Age?

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  2. What inspired you to write A Whole New Mind and Drive?

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  3. Since the research and writing of A Whole New Mind and Drive are very left brain activities, what right brain thinking are you using in your work and daily life?

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  4. You spend the majority of A Whole New Mind talking about a right brained approach, but what left brained attributes do you think will help society succeed in the Conceptual Age?

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  5. What events or signs first clued you into the fact that we are moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age?

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  6. What do you think about using technology in the classroom?

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  7. Is there a certain event that sparked or trigured your intererst in human motivation, the concept of right brain versus left brain, and the other topics you discuss in "A Whole New Mind" and "Drive"?

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  8. How do you think the world will be affected if the education system continues to only teach students in a more left-brained sense?

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  9. Do you predict that the world could regress into another Informational Age after it has reached the limits of the Conceptual Age? If so, is this a never-ending cycle?

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  10. What is your sentence and what are you here for?

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  11. Why did you write your books A Whole New Mind and Drive? What important role can they play in society at this point in time?

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  12. What in society today made you think that the right brained people of the world will someday dominate it?

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  13. The world has long struggled to bring equal rights and opportunity to all people, and to thereby eliminate poverty. However, your novel only concentrates on how the application of right-brained concepts will improve life for those who are already in the middle or upper classes. How could these new elements of society help improve living standards for those that do not already have the basic benefits of the Information Age (in other words, the lower class)?

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  14. How did you know/find the people that helped validate the information in your books?

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  16. what would you say the hardest part of writing a book like yours is?

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  17. Do you think that it requires some left brain logic in order to produce right brain ideas? Why or why not?

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  18. Have you always been intrigued by human motivation and the functions of the brain? If not, what sparked your interest, and why did you continue to continue in that area?

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  19. Which of the six senses do you feel is the most crucial to moving toward a right brain society? Or do you believe that is a combination that makes these goals applicable?

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  20. When writing the book A Whole New Mind, did you ever disagree with some of the evidence you encountered? Additionally, did anyone contact you to explain why they disagree with your view point?

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  21. Whats was it about creativity and the potential conceptual age that inspired you to further study it and what do you think is to come after the age that you predict?

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  22. Based on how fast society is moving and changing, how long do you anticipate the conceptual age will last? What do you think the world could possibly look like after that age?

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  23. Do you think that the poorer countries will benefit from the conceptual age more than they have from the previous ages?

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  24. Your past job was a speech writer for Al Gore, which would be a very factual left brain type work. How did your opinions shift so massively?

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  25. What is the true purpose of A Whole New Mind? I have observed throughout the book that the application of your message can be applied to the message itself. If I apply symphony to your messages about a right-brained future, I can read between the lines and see that your message seems to be more about a dual-brained future than a right-brained one. The purpose becomes unclear when you appear to contradict yourself.

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  26. What do you think will happen to the conceptual age if there is an excess of creative thinkers like artists and musicicans? If there is an end to the concepuual age, what will be after? If there is no end, then why?

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  27. What compelled you to spread the concept that right brained ideas are more valuable in todays society than in the distant and recent past? and Why is this topic important to you?

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  28. 1) Did your time working for Al Gore affect your outlook on the way the world will shift
    2) Where did you get the idea of the conceptual age? Are there other Right-Brained advocates like you?

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  29. Do you think that you will strive in the conceptual age?

    How woud you like education to change? Would more technology and one-on-one time be a part of this?

    Do raise your children according to what you think will become of this world? If so, do they resist or welcome it?

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  30. Design and creativity seem to be important themes throughout the book, if they are so important, why did you design the cover they way you did?

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  31. What inspired you to write A Whole New Mind? How did you come up with this idea of right-brainers ruling the world?

    What is the purpose of A Whole New Mind? What type of consequences/effects do you hope your books will have?

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  32. How did researching and writing A Whole New Mind and Drive improve your ability for right brain characteristics? How did it improve your left brain characteristics?

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  33. When writing this book,what was the main idea that you wanted the readers to take away? Also, the face of education has been drastically changing for the past few years. What do you want educators to take away from this book, and where do you think that the face of education should go?

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  34. What do you see for the future if the United States educational system does not adapt to the Conceptual Age?

    If the United States made a drastic change and became a right brained society, how do you believe the world will react? Will they join or will they question this new way?

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  35. If you could add a seventh category to your “six senses” in A Whole New Mind, what would it be and why?

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  36. What are some of the concepts or ideas found in 'A Whole New Mind' and 'Drive' that have become the most conterversial or sparked the most debate?

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  37. Do you think it is at all possible that big picture thinking will create a society that is no longer rooted in this world and becomes overly fantastical(would this be a good or bad thing?) or would there still be enough specific detail thinking to keep this from happening?

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  38. You say on the cover of your book that right-brainers will rule the future. However, why would a right-brain centered future be better than a world where both hemispheres of the brain are valued equally be a better and brighter future?

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  39. Do you think that intrinsic motivation would work nearly as effectively in the absence of incentives?

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  40. In our school, performance seems to be judged almost entirely by extrinsic rewards (grades & test scores).  Do you consider that acceptable given that most people will end up working in jobs that are largely routine?

    What advice do you have for students in an environment that seems driven by extrinsic rewards to both work within this but still develop important right brain skills?  Sometimes it seems difficult to get to the right balance.

    Based upon your book, I assume that you consider yourself to be intrinsically motivated and if so, have you always been intrinsically motivated or did some experience growing up lead you to become so?

    How did "right brain" and "left brain" thinking each contribute to what you consider are your successes?  Would you give us a specific example of something in your school or other experiences growing up that helped lead you to this "success"? 

    Do you believe that how students are taught should be changed dramatically due to extrinsic rewards and if so do you have specific suggestions?  Does the subject (e.g. math v. history v. English) make a difference? 

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  41. Due to the fact that brain research isn't always accurate, when studying and conducting brain research how do you know what information is trustable or the most accurate?

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  42. In the chapter entitled “Abundance, Automation and Asia,” from A Whole New Mind, you discuss how left-brained jobs are being outsourced to Asia, and this means that as Americans, we can move onto right-brained, creative professions. Why does the more right-brained world only affect us and not affect countries in Asia with analytical jobs? Why do only we move on to create while Asia stays stuck in sequential, inside-the-box thinking?

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  43. What caused you to shift from more L-Directed thinking to R-Directed thinking? How did it help you write A Whole New Mind?

    What happens when we run out of ways to outsource jobs? Is that even possible?

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  44. In A Whole New Mind, you say that is was wrong to have limited thinking to left brained ideas in the past. You say the individuals should be able to express themselves. But you have implied that there should only be right brained thinking. Aren't you, in theory, making the same mistake in encouraging only one type of thinking. Aren't both parts of the brain equally important?

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  45. Based on tests that you have taken or from your own knowledge, what kind of thinker are you and what side of the brain do you use more prominently?

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  46. In A Whole New Mind you talk about right-brained thinkers succeeding in the future, but what role will predominantly left-brained thinkers have in the future?

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  47. Which sense of the six senses do you use most on a daily basis?

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  48. What do you hope people (we) will go away with after reading A Whole New Mind?

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  49. In our fishbowls, we have been talking a lot about your "Story" concept and how it works with many people on different levels. Do you think that applies to education as well? Should high schools start using story in teaching, or would that ruin the education system? Do you think people need a solid basis of learning?

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  50. As education evolves to fit the conceptual age, do you think that it will alter in a way so that art and other more right brained subjects will become the core focus of education while other subjects such as math and science are pushed to the back burner?

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  51. How is intrinsic motivation being applied in schools today, if at all?

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  52. What inspired you to write "A Whole New Mind"? Was there something that made you want to learn about right-brained and left-brained people and learning?

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  53. While you were writing A Whole New Mind, did you have your next book, Drive, in mind?

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  54. Based on your predictions, how do you think education should be changed to better prepare students for the right-brained world you describe?

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  55. Will there be a place for more left-brained people in the Conceptual Age? And how would they be?

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  56. What has inspired you to return to Arapahoe High School for free after all these years?

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  57. What are some activities that one can participate in on a daily basis that exercises a connection with your left and right hemispheres? How about with simple everyday actions like homework? With family?

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  58. How do you think empathy plays out in the government and foreign affairs?

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  59. I learned in another one of my classes that people who have Type-D personalities, those who are more pessimistic/negative about life, Eeyore rather than Piglet, are 3 times more likely to have heart problems, and at the same time, they are less likely to have a treatment that is effective on them. If Play & Empathy are successfully integrated into this new age, do you believe that the number of deaths worldwide will decrease at an even greater rate as well as our average-lifespan increasing?

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  60. In A Whole New Mind, you talk alot about the rising role of the right-brain and and right-brained people in the upcoming age. Do you feel that the left-brain will play a much more diminshed role in this age, or just a more specific part?

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  61. How soon do you think humanity will notice an obvious transition both in motivation and left-brained to right-brained thinking?

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  62. There are some things that harm the brain or cause it to be temporarily numbed, like alcohol. Which side of the brain is affected most by these substances?

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  63. Mr. Pink: How do you think the rise of the conceptual age will affect government and politics?

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  64. In your book, you get the idea across that left-brained people won't be successful in life. Yet, society today has gotten so far in life with being left-brained and right-brained. Do you think that if society becomes TOO right-brained, it could cause an issue for society?

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  65. How does motivation, and the contents of Drive tie in with left and right brained thinking?

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  66. How do you change a whole society's idea about learning and buisness? How do we shift into the conceptual age?

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