After last week’s call to test for the positive characteristics of dyslexia (Dyslexia Superpower: Testing times), I have been struggling to find a single word that could capture all these positive skills – and therefore the title of a programme, course or module that could help develop them. I felt that dyslexia superpower (apart from being two words!) carried with it the negative connotations of dyslexia and seemed a bit lightweight for serious study.
The word needs to recognise i) problem solving, creativity, innovation skills; ii) big picture, visual, spatial thinking; iii) communicating ideas; iv) empathy, teamworking; v) systems thinking; vi) using assistive technologies; vii) selling the superpowered you! And, I’m sure much more …
Professor Rod Nicolson would call most of these unconventional thinking. However, this doesn’t really work for me – it’s not positive enough.
Then, whilst planning for a workshop I delivered to entrepreneurs considering the opportunities for their businesses from the low carbon economy (there was even a UK Government strategy published this week – The Clean Growth Strategy), I realised the word was … envisioning!
Let me explain.
Envision is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as, “imagine as a future possibility” or by Cambridge as, “to imagine or expect that something is a likely or desirable possibility in the future”. Possible origin in 1827, “endowed with vision.” I noticed Microsoft even have an Envisioning Center!
So, does envisioning capture all the positive characteristics so often found in people with dyslexia and also sound like a desirable skill non-dyslexics would like to acquire?
Could you imagine taking a course on envisioning and, at the end, being able to communicate your vision of a solution to a problem or plan to address a challenge? What if the essential criteria for your next job included – ability to envision a better future!
I wonder how you could assess the course or demonstrate your ability to envision a better future?