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.
We believe it is the ‘go-to’ compass for navigating cognitive overload, and we've turned this compass into a technology called The Sphere.
Life is more than left and right. It's more than up or down. Life is multifaceted and interconnected. Life is a 'spherical' experience.
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.
Humans are cognitively limited to handle complexity, but information is increasing exponentially, and the speed of change is unprecedented.
One of the most highly cited papers in psychology is George A. Miller's article, "The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information." Miller, a cognitive psychologist, of Harvard University's Department of Psychology, discussed the limits of one-dimensional absolute judgment and the limits of short-term memory.
Contextual reasoning builds confidence. It powers adaptability. It increases our resilience.
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. In the process, they discovered humanity has an outdated mindset, passed down to us from generations past, that is out of phase with our times.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!
What is the Spherical Modeling Tool, exactly? And how does it work as a hands-on awareness application to update our mindset and reshape our lives and organizations? You'll find an explanation down the page.
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 perceptions 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 mulitfactorial view of any complex human situation;
2.) Developed a framework for building context spheres to accelerate human solution finding;
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 applications for use in life, health and business.
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.
This online system is scalable. Would you like to learn about our case summaries? We are looking for partners and funders ...
Meanwhile, clients have tracked ‘mind-boggling’ efficiency with The Sphere on numerous occasions—the way it displays content in context and saves hours, and days, and weeks of time for the clients who use it.
The Home Health Sphere saved 621 hours of recruiter time!
Source: Yearlong study done by Centura Health at Home
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.
It’s a wonderful way to start the engagement process. It captures everything. Took 5 to 10 minutes to review with students and it saves a lot of time. Students do better after going through The Sphere. It’s working really, really well.
The sphere has been invaluable. So much so - we have completely revamped our interviewing process.
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.
The Spherit tool builds on everything clinicians are taught—that persons and our patients have better outcomes when they are involved in their own care. It is easy to see that this is a tool that promotes self-awareness and more informed decision-making.
Literally what this does is shows the forest and the trees, simultaneously. It’s a tool that fits the science. This is constructionist rather than reductionist in that sense.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Phil and Pam first met at the age of six, in the lobby of a church in Denver, both of their families were in crisis.
Pam's mom had just died from complications of multiple sclerosis, and Phil’s little sister had been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness that hospitalized her, off and on, for two years.
"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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