Morelia, Mexico has provided many magical moments for me during my thirteen months as a resident here. One of those events occurred at Christmas when a new acquaintance gifted me with a book which I would never have found or bought for myself. The Thing About Jellyfish stunned, inspired, and informed me in unexpected ways from the first pages to the end.
Perhaps the biggest surprise (there were many) was its organization and embedded detail of an approach to scientific research, discovery, and reporting. The timeliness of that gift and my study resulted in profound fruitful impacts in the development of Workplace Hidden Opportunities (WHO). Those fruits are manifest here in the site structure and language of WHO.
The purpose of this post is to share that gift with you. Most of us are dealing with the dynamics of change and rediscovery in our lives whether on a personal, project, or enterprise level. Ali Benjamin’s book may provide for you the key to unlock your next discovery while providing a story at its page-turning best. It would be wonderful to gather and share comments here.
Here are some brief observations about the book.
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
~ Art meets science in the most elegant fashion imaginable
~ Curiosity, questions, and quiet
~ The cadence of counting
~ Listening with the ears of a child or youth
~ Seeing with the eyes of a child or youth
The organization of Jellyfish (my translating questions)
1. Purpose p4 – (Why?)
2. Hypothesis p38 – (What if?)
3. Background p44 – (What?)
4. Variables p106- (Who?)
5. Procedure p166 – (How?)
6. Results p280 – (Connecting Dots?)
7. Conclusion p308 – (What’s next?)
– – –
Apply to any project large of small and to an intention or event.
We explore not because we want to, but because we have to. Martin Daniel