We're Phil and Pam Lawson and we're on a mission to promote contextual reasoning as a new essential life-skill in our increasingly complex world.
Context is our ‘go-to’ compass for navigating cognitive overload, and we've turned this compass into a technology called The Sphere.
Life is more than left or right, back and forth, or up and down. Life is multifaceted and interconnected.
Realizing this gives us a 21st Century upgrade from linear reductionist thinking to whole-istic constructivist thinking. It brings context to daily decisions in life, health, work.
It boosts human adaptability and builds resilience.
It expands awareness and improves outcomes.
It lifts our mindset from 'survival of the fit'
to 'survival of the whole.'
Seeing the whole of any complex human situation
introduces us to real-time insights.
It is critical for making sense of our surroundings.
It allows us to have different reactions to the same information
by taking context into account.
And we've created a way to scale this.
We were 44 when we dropped out of the business world and moved to a rustic cabin in the Colorado Rockies to think and write.
Up to then, our enigmatic partnership, that started with a decade of mission work in the Deep South and included living and working in Hollywood, traveling abroad on business, working in leadership roles at companies, deploying cutting edge online technologies, and launching our own start-ups, had netted abundant life experiences. But it had also perplexed us.
We realized a.) the world doesn't work the way we were taught it does, and b.) humans, as a species, are not adapting well to the realities of our times.
Prior to our move to the cabin, Phil had formed a partnership with an award-winning business writer in Los Angeles. Together Phil and Rob Lindstrom spent the next five years researching and writing about these perplexing issues. And, in the process, they realized that humanity was operating from an outdated mindset, passed down to us from generations past, that is out of phase with our times.
Using mythological imagery in the form of The Sphere and an innovative and adaptive vocabulary, Phil and Rob introduce readers to concepts and processes for reshaping our lives, our organizations and our world for the better. In addition, they introduce the Spherical Modeling Tool, a practical hands-on awareness application.
In this concise, illustrated work exploring the dynamics of living in the 21st century, Phil Lawson and Robert L. Lindstrom explain why, in this dawning era of interconnection and interdependency, we require a dramatic transformation in the way we see, think and act.
The book is amply illustrated with drawings by Geoffrey Moss. [Moss, a painter and creator of captionless political newspaper drawings, has been recognized with three Pulitzer nominations, including 9/11 work for Creative Syndicate.]
This powerful book … invites us to embrace the rich complexity and messiness of life, rather than neatly putting things into categories that are partial and limiting. Refreshing language and humor enliven its profound message. Beware – your perspective will be transformed, shifting your way of ‘seeing’ and ‘being’ in the world!
I'll be honest, before reading the book I looked at my life in parts. What I lacked here was an understanding that we often miss, the unintended consequences to the overall sphere when we view our life as parts. Seeing the whole has led me to look at my life as a large sphere that is constantly shifting.
What is the Spherical Modeling Tool? And how does it work as a hands-on awareness application to update our mindset and reshape our lives and organizations?
First, we'll tell you that developing, validating and deploying this patented tool, in multiple fields and uses, has taken 15 years of Boots-on-the-Ground Research. Why so long? Good things take hustle. Great things take time.
Secondly, it's no small thing to introduce a new idea if you don't have field-specific credentials. In our case, we were tasked with forging a trail in between technologists and human specialists to test this work, which proved to be a tedious and time-consuming business to verify the universality of the methods and the suitability of the framework for many uses.
Nevertheless, this was necessary, we believe, to create an online system that dignifies the human experience, that offers thoughtfulness and transparency between the user and the tech, no matter the application, while presenting a way to see a situation-specific, whole-istic snapshot of a person or a team.
We've learned a lot since we first began. Along the way, we've added terms that further define the purpose of this tech. Context Spheres™ is one of them, since the real value of this system is to "contextualize" complex situations, for users, while making it possible for them to reflect on their personal views of the situation. This offers a way to expedite and optimize solution-finding. We like to call it a "see where you are, to know where to go" approach to navigating complexity in the 21st Century.
Here's what's been accomplished during the R&D phase:
1.) Patented a process that presents a multifactorial view of any complex human situation
2.) Developed a framework for building context spheres for many uses
3.) Created a methodology that snapshots person-perspective mental processes for personal reflecting and meaning-making.
4.) Gathered data, feedback, and insights from 40,000+ people who have experienced Spherit's contextual reasoning applications in many uses and demographics.
Co-Founders: Pam and Phil Lawson
Product: Contextual reasoning maps for use in business, healthcare, relationships and life in general.
Purpose: Online tech that introduces a whole-person approach to person-centered decision-making or patient-centered care. It also works for teams and organizations. It can be used for shared decision-making with healthcare professionals or peer-to-peer mentoring. Or, the user can share and compare views with a life partner, business partner, family members, friends or community members.
Spherit's contextual reasoning applications have been deployed in the health industry, as well as interpersonal relations, conflict management, education and employment readiness, organizational and community development, food insecurity (and many more.)
Spherit utilizes the expertise of field-specific experts, when creating field-specific applications, with the objective of designing these applications for universal usability.
Clients have tracked ‘mind-boggling’ efficiency with The Sphere on numerous occasions in the way it displays content in context and saves hours, and days, and weeks of time for the clients who use it.
The Sphere is revolutionary in its design because it gives us the capacity to see in an instant, information that can be quickly interpreted and acted upon by both the average person and the well trained professional.
You may indeed have the perfect tool for reinventing our systems. I like the way you use The Sphere to expand people's thinking. Most are so immersed in their little world that they continually miss the big picture of what's happening around them.
There is an amazing amount of information on one page. I often tell people it would take six counseling sessions to get the same information we gain in one session by using ThriveSphere.
The sphere has been invaluable. So much so that we have completely revamped our interviewing process.
The Home Health Sphere saved 621 hours of recruiter time. Prior to using The Sphere we were interviewing 10 candidates to find 1 qualified candidate. After using The Sphere, we reported that 50 percent of the qualified candidates who were interviewed were hired. [Source: Yearlong study done by Centura Health at Home]
… I can’t imagine not having this tool available in my practice. Please never take it down.
Frankly, I am as impressed with it as when I attended [your] AFCPE presentation.
Aside from its use for financial education/counseling, I would be interested in working with you to create a different kind of sphere to assess personal values.
The real value in this tool is that the client can, often for the first time, see all the relevant areas of his or her life and can see how those areas interconnect. It can provide a client with a revolutionary whole-life view that can be the catalyst for truly effective life improvement.
I suspect Spherical Counseling is the "next big thing" in counseling in general and for PFM in particular … It is truly transformative, unconventional, stunning in simplicity and clarity and yet very easy to learn … It presents an opportunity for a quantitative and qualitative leap, along with powerful metrics, which you will truly need to see to believe. Please pardon the hyperbole: The Spherical technique is that good.
Life put Phil and Pam on an unconventional path that exposed them to relentless change and disruption, which consistently jeopardized their well-being. This inspired them to create a technology for everyday decision-making, that makes it easier to navigate any complex situation with surprisingly effective results.
"Context" is to human reasoning what "relativity" is to physics.
"Phil and Pam explain what thinking spherically is and break down the possibilities that are ahead of us with AI (artificial intelligence), with ways we can use technology to help us make better life choices and decisions from business to relationships and beyond." — Host Filippo Voltaggio, The Life Changes Show
January 13, 2020
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