46 min
By: ENC Leaders

Episode 4: The Shift Does Buzzwords, Part 2

In the last of a two-part episode, The Shift barkada continues their conversation on buzzwords, and the lens they use to study these words.

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2:15 – Recap of Episode 3

5:06 – The 4th buzzword: “Disruption”

With how the world is now, either you disrupt or be disrupted. So you have no choice but to find ways to be disruptive, if “disruptive” is taken to mean as destroying old habits and finding new systems, because it’s only matter of time before someone disrupts you.

Disruption is very humbling. 

Disruption gives space for everyone in the playing field.

There has to be good root for why you’re disrupting. Maybe it’s because you want to change an existing landscape that’s not fair or equitable. Also, even people who see themselves as disruptors have to acknowledge that they will always still be disrupted. 

Disruption means “stopping something from continuing as usual.” Disruptions that are not good are bottlenecks and bureaucracy. They keep work from being a service. There becomes a disunity in the whole process and more importantly, a disunity in the team.

The best disruptors we’ve seen have always brought in a good kind of value into the lives of people. And the ones that we’re likely to say are not-so-good disruptions are the ones who brought in more hassle and inconvenience.

A good kind of disruption need not happen in a big scale. We’re all in a position to make disruptions that are, hopefully, good disruptions.

24:25 – The 5th buzzword: “Out of touch”

With social media and hyper connectivity, it’s a mortal sin to be “out of touch” or to be not in sync with the realities of the world.

When I feel like I’m out of touch, I hold my tongue. Then I investigate and study. Then I learn. We don’t have to agree on everything, but respect is something we all can agree on.

When someone is “out of touch,” we “cancel” them.

We can’t say that everyone is out of touch, because it’s not fair to expect someone to live your exact experience. But it’s a reasonable expectation to have someone who’s supposed to be serving you, someone who is supposed to remain in connection with you, to at least listen. People, brands, or movements who are out of touch maybe those that are not listening.

Perhaps people still remain out of touch, because we live in our own echo chamber. The bigger challenge of not being out of touch is cultivating and encouraging a healthy level of diversity in the people we relate with, the things we read, the shows we watch. It’s a good practice to intentionally expose ourselves to things, literature, and people that are different from us.

Empathy, learning, and listening are important practices for our everyday lives.

35:38 – The lens we use to study these buzzwords

You can never judge unless you fully understand and once you fully understand, you can never judge, you can only love. 

We look at buzzwords with this lens: It tells us how devastating our human culture is, but on the flip side, there’s really hope.

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