Seeing Black Swans

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.


The Chinese do not have a word for crisis. Instead, they merge two characters: danger + opportunity.

We read the above symbol as: a crisis is a dangerous opportunity. What better way to describe the times we are living in. Critical? Yes. An Opportunity? Most certainly.But in order to see opportunity, we need to know current reality. Where we are. And, how do we move beyond the thinking that created the current crisis in the first place?

We are futurists. The role of a futurist isn’t about making lots of accurate predictions (all of us predict tomorrow based on what has happened in the past), but more the act of stimulating creative thought about the future that, in turn, influences how we act today.

As consultants we supplement your rational, well-developed high-tech abilities with high-concept aptitudes that involve the ability to

  • see current reality,
  • be creative,
  • detect unseen patterns and opportunities, and
  • use a different way of thinking to move beyond problem solving, in order to create new ways of living and being on the planet.

Our work is based on our belief that:

  • The abilities that were necessary for success in the past two hundred years (logical, analytical, reasoning) are no longer sufficient for the modern world. They are still necessary, but they cannot stand alone. The abilities necessary today are those that help us see the big picture, not just a piece of the whole. We have to master abilities that we have overlooked and undervalued.
  • There are non- ordinary states of consciousness in which the past or future is glimpsed.
  • Our universe is not static, it consists not of things, but of possibilities.
  • We are intimately related to everything that exists.
  • It is important to know what we believe (our paradigms) because we live our lives according to them.
  • Our mind and habits will create either barriers or bridges to a better future.

Whether we are working with an organization or an individual, we start with the premise that:

  • Change is inevitable and always controversial.
  • It is impossible to be “too prepared.”
  • The future foreshadows itself.
  • The “whole” is more than the sum of its parts. Several members of an organization can bring forth more creative / original ideas than any one single individual.

We ask our clients to:

  • Evaluate their beliefs, and, in some instances, suspend current beliefs in favor of allowing new and different ideas to emerge.
  • Understand the difference between creativity (bringing something new into existence) and problem-solving (dealing with pre-existing materials and circumstances.)
  • Be willing too apply the results in their life

As consultants, our goal is to help you “think” in a new way, to help you move past problem-solving to the root of the problem.

For more information on how we can help your organization Email us:

Robinson & Robinson

149 Simpson Road

Buxton, Maine 04093-6201

207 929 6960

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