Divide or Multiply

We loved hosting our quarterly Breakfast of Change last week.

For those of you who weren't able to join us, it was a deep-seamed exploration into the power of vulnerability and the benefits of leading by heart. Our Breakfasts are generally fertile breeding grounds for ideas, and this one cut to the core of the human experience - we laughed, we cried and we parted feeling galvanised and uplifted - all before 10:45!

The choice of whether to divide (exclude, judge, differentiate) or to multiply (bring together, include, cross-pollinate) is one we face every day, in a multitude of different ways. Whilst instinctively we might appreciate the value of multiplication, it's often easier for us to do the opposite - to exclude people, to handle stuff on our own, or with the ones who 'get it' most readily.

At the breakfast we shared this beautiful short film which went viral recently, an ad for a broadcaster in Denmark. Take a look at it if you haven't already seen it - take a look again if you have! 

What this film does so elegantly is to expose us to our own prejudices, pre-judgements that assume an entire identity (and point of difference) from what we perceive at surface level. 

I have always believed that there is more that unites us than that which divides us - we simply have to take the effort to dig beneath the surface - to ask questions to expand our understanding of other people; their experiences and perspectives.

Much of my adult life, and our work at AOC, has been invested in helping people to see the wholeness and uniqueness of each of us as human beings, resisting simplistic generalisations or superficial judgements. This film writes the rulebook on how we can do this. 

What can we do? 

This week's Catalyst asks: how can we do more multiplication, less division. How can we include people more, or give people greater opportunity to reveal who they are? What advantages will this bring?