Nerding-Out on Frameworks for Understanding the Human Experience

Going to keep this one short and sweet.

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Intro by Erin M. Faverty

PeopleTech Partners advisor, Itamar Goldmintz, consistently provides commentary and insights to help leaders and individuals ponder and better understand the world and the world of work. In his brief exploration below, Itamar shares some food for thought on specific frameworks and how these ideas, when looked at together, may provide deeper concepts for consideration and explanation of the human experience. 

When applying these concepts specifically to what’s to come for the future of work and both the individual and collective approaches that could considered for professional endeavors, these frameworks provide new and thought provoking angles of analysis and understanding.

Frameworks Nerd-Out

By Itamar Goldmintz

Going to keep this one short and sweet.

I was having a conversation with a friend about Ikigai the other week:

And found myself reflecting on why this particular interpretation of it feels so complete.

The 4-part framework and the distinction between aspects that had to do with you and aspects that had to do with the world/others reminded me a lot of Ken Wilber’s four quadrants model which I was introduced to three years ago in the context of culture:

Wilber argues that we can look at any aspect of the human experience through four perspectives which are the combination of an individual vs. collective perspective and an interior vs exterior perspective.

Interestingly, when I overlayed the Ikigai construct on top Wilber’s 4-quadrants model, I got a near perfect fit:

I believe this may partly be the reason for why this framework is so compelling.

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Erin M. Faverty is an Operating Partner and Advisor at PeopleTech Partners

Itamar Goldmintz is an editor at OrgHacking and an advisor for PeopleTech Partners

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