Just wrapping up the thoroughly enjoyable book by Daniel H. Pink, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. Being an avid right-brainer (creative, rule bender vs left-brainer analytical, by the book) myself, I was interested in how we were going to take over from a system dominated and so rewarding of the left.
In short, the book makes a strong case about the future of American innovation and economy – how abundance, Asia and automation are helping devalue the traditional analytical thinking and forcing us to tell stories, play, create and design. The payoff of the book is basically that R-directed thinking is the wave of the future, but both left and right brains are needed in the new world we live in. There are all sorts of implications for youth ministry – my mind immediately was drawn to chapters on empathy and meaning, how important it is to feel needs and have a purpose for life. A good book – not too heady either. B+