From Angie McArthur and Dr. Dawna Markova at Change This: The most signif­i­cant gift our species brings to the world is our capacity to think. The most signif­i­cant danger our species brings to the world is our inability to think with those who think differ­ently. It is clear that to stay compet­i­tive in our global economy, we must learn how to think collab­o­ra­tively and inno­v­a­tively. But if you have ever sat through a mind-numbing meeting or tried to influ­ence a colleague’s view on a project or had a recur­ring argu­ment with a family member or strug­gled to partic­i­pate in a commu­nity project, you have recog­nized that most of us actu­ally don’t know how to think well together.

We take for granted that intel­li­gence occurs within our own minds. We don’t realize that it also occurs between us. What keeps us from tapping into that intel­li­gence and commu­ni­cating effec­tively is that most of us don’t know how to think with people who think differ­ently than we do. We habit­u­ally misread people and there­fore miscom­mu­ni­cate with them. · Go to Thinking our way out of the dark­ness →