Personal Revolutions: A Short Course in Realness is a book about being human for real human beings. It is an attempt to build a practical philosophy of the ‘good life’ and ‘self-actualisation’, or realness, by using design thinking to break these things down into as many of their constituent parts as possible. Each chapter (or ‘Revolution’) helps readers to raise real awareness of themselves, the world, and reality, by focusing on a particular window into the human condition in truth, and then allowing them to cement this awareness in terms of their own life and experience through a series of ‘Self-Guidance Questions’ and value-based, purposeful action.
Individuals: If you’re an individual reading this book, you will be given the opportunity to look at your life from the ground up and to build a value-based process of action that helps you to live a more authentic life by increasing your ‘realness’ and making your values valuable to others. Ultimately, this involves looking at yourself and your world in reality, the state of interdependence that you share with others, and the effects of any self-limiting beliefs and ideas that you carry about what is possible for yourself and the world, usually due to the fear, pride, and desire of ego (the opposite of reality).
Most people reading Personal Revolutions will find that they are capable of so much more than they have initially been led to believe, and will hopefully be able to motivate themselves to go out there and ‘put a dent in the universe’, either as part of a tribe, or by building a new one. Personal Revolutions is a ‘short course in realness’, and the final lesson is that ‘reality’ is always the way to go and that acceptance is the only way to get there (the ‘long’ course is your life itself).
This book is designed to help you find out almost everything you need to know about yourself, the world, and reality.
Tribes: If you are reading Personal Revolutions as part of a tribe, either as a leader or a follower, this book will help you to build systems that allow as many people as possible within your tribe to thrive creatively, in a way that is most authentically human (‘real’). In this sense, Personal Revolutions offers great value for anybody working in Service Design, or anybody else who has ambitions to construct systems that engender and support the whole of real human nature, to the greatest extent possible, instead of the mere fragments that many mechanistic systems are currently built upon.
By combining practical philosophy with ideas from design thinking, systems theory, coaching, and leadership, Personal Revolutions helps us to appreciate the power of our thought and intellect, but also its limitations, and the relationship between our thoughts about the world and our real place and potential within it. By sharing the ideas and understanding in Personal Revolutions with other members of your tribe, you will be able to build value-based systems that support the growth of both these systems themselves, and the human beings operating within them.
This book is designed to help us build a real, human-shaped world that engenders true human potential.
Whether reading as an individual or reading together as part of a tribe, Personal Revolutions will help you to increase awareness of yourself and your world, better understand the real relationship between the two, and then build upon that awareness with self-directed, significant action in alignment with reality.
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By Mr Oli Anderson