Revolution of the Mind Session Outline: Objective:To get people thinking and challenging themselves to be more open minded

and successful Agenda: 1 hour total, small groups (5-7 people each), handouts to each person. Intro.: 5 min-Facilitators act out "Nan-in" story below before the entire plenary (with narrator). Plenary: 5 min-Go over objective of session and delegates role in it 5 min-Distribute handouts to delegates & divide into small groups Group: 30 min-Work through #1-4 in a group and use questions to help guide group discussion Plenary: 15 min-Bring groups back together. Ask what (if anything) was learned from the session. Ask if they can apply these ideas when interacting with other cultures, with LCs, NCs, AI, project, programmes, with other people's ideas & with themselves. Note: This session outline is provided to delegates so that they can repeat the session if they want back in their own countries

Group Exercises: 1. Read over the story below. Are you a "full cup" of your own opinions & speculations, that nothing more can go in? "Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1968-1912) received a university professor who came in to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. 'It is over full. No more will go in!' 'Like this cup.' Nan-in said, 'you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?'" From The Learner Within, IBM 2. Read over "50 Excuses of a Closed Mind". (from the "Learner Within") ´ Do you find yourself using one or more of these excuses? ´ When do you use them? ´ What are some "Sayings of an open mind" that you could use to help shape new ideas and make them even better, rather than "kill them". 3. Read over "50 Successful Thoughts". (Author unknown) ´ Do some of these attitudes and actions apply to you? ´ Which of these ideas do you see as most helpful in helping you be successful? 4. To become more open minded and allow greater capacity for learning, there are two main skills needed: reflection and inquiry. & Reflection is the deliberate exposure and surfacing of our thinking processes to become more aware of how we form our mental models / paradigms / perceptions. & Inquiry is the holding of conversations where we openly share views and develop knowledge about each other's assumptions. Read over the "Ladder of Inference" concept (from The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook).

party and sleep Ç They must be at the conference for something else ÇComing late means they don't care about the session Ç AI notices some delegates are coming late to sessions Ç Sessions are late getting started Person judging other culture ´ I will never loan anything to someone from ___ country Ç People from ___ country are untrustworthy Ç This person cannot be trusted Ç This person is not being open & honest with me Ç Shifty eyes mean the person is hiding something Ç One person doesn't look in the other's eyes when talking Ç Two people from a different cultures meet ´ What other situations of "climbing the ladder" do you notice in AIESEC or beyond? ´ How are some strategies to help you be "climb" or get to the "right" conclusions in different situations? How can you ensure you get to the "right" conclusion with other people you interact with at this conference? . how might you address them when you see them happening? What are alternative explanations from the ones below? Situation: AI judged by delegates ´ I will just ignore what AI is doing and do my own things Ç AI's activities are not relevant to me Ç AI is out of touch with what is happening at LCs & NCs Ç AI is not providing what I need at conferences Ç AI refuses to change the conference agenda for me Ç I'm not getting what I want from this conference Ç The conference agenda is presented to the delegates Delegates judged by AI ´ We must have more sessions on AIESEC philosophy Ç They don't understand AIESEC's purpose ÇAll the delegates want to do is drink.´ What instances can you think of that you "climbed the ladder" of inference? ´ The examples below are real situation common in AIESEC.

22..Let's get back to reality 18. experience the best. 28.You know as well as I do that. 25.Let's test it thoroughly. 6.Has anyone else tried it? 31. 32. We tried that before. It's too radical a change.Send me a memo about this.If anyone could do it.It is being looked at already. 50. Act. meet people engaged in the best. Do things that are extraordinary and nearly impossible. 2. We will need too much help.Just think of all the paperwork 44.I take it you want me to be honest. 36.Can't teach an old dog new tricks. We don't have the time... yes. 2.. Let's discuss it in the morning. Be your own boss.. 3. Think BIG. 41. Do what you love.. 24. 5.I don't see the connection. Keep in contact with the best. 10. 48.Let me give you some advice. 39.You're ahead of your time 23. 16. 11.That's confidential at the moment. 34. That's not our responsibility. but. 12..You know I'd help if I could. 38. why change? 19.Leave it with me. 13..For you.Could you put it in writing? 21.Let's form a committee or task force. 14. 5. 26. 7.. Fifty Successful Thoughts 1. .Our organization is too small. That's not my job.What you're really saying is. 7.. 15.That's not the way we do things 37.Good idea but impractical.It works now. 49.Fifty Excuses of a Closed Mind 1. you could. 47. 3.It isn't in the budget.You're right. 30.We don't have the people for that. 43.___ will never accept it.Is this your own idea? 20.We're not ready for that. but..We've always done it this way. It costs too much.We've never done that before. Our situation is different. 4.. no..That's not the main problem 17.It's outside our organizations policy. 29.When you've been here as long as I.. Believe that: If it's to be.. Plan.. Duplicate your efforts and receive a percentage on other people's productivity. 33. 35. 8. 4. 40.Let's give it more thought. Live your ideal life . for me.We're too busy at the moment 42. Dream lofty dreams. now & every day. it's up to me.We don't have the authority. 9.It's not practical or realistic. 27.Let's learn more before we start.Our organization is different 46. 6. 45.

Support others in achieving their goals. and have in life. 32. integrity. closets.. Do what you feel is right. Do not criticize. 37. 11.. Take calculated risks. 29.. hard. whether you work. Read books by and about exciting people. Take total responsibility for your past. 30. Inspire others by your example. 36. unnatural foods. 34. Do and say things that benefit all concerned. 25. Collect quotes that motivate you. and energy. Forgive and love. coffee. Explain your vision for the future in the present tense... Accept people the way they are and the way they are not. car . Take a weekend vacation (often). 44. gift. 33. 27. 9.8. & life 38. 15. 19. 49. tobacco. 43. 42. 18. no matter what people think of you. hug. 31. 26. Be curious. Use a simple time management system. 50. Know that you are equal to everyone and everyone is equal to you. Eat mostly fresh fruits. 13. 22. and future experiences.. Spend more time with nature. desk. 41. 21. Simplify your life. have more fun per hour. Do things you will never regret. letter. 17. Act as if all your goals are already accomplished. . Develop friendships world-wide. Consistently escalate your goals. salt. Dress to look and feel great! 35. Give something away daily . 16. Realize that all events happen for the best. neat and organized. present. condemn or complain. it's easy. Keep your home. 48. relationships. Aim for excellence in your field. 10. Value quality above quantity. white flour. grains. clean. Increase your smiles daily . a postcard.. Be true to your values. difficult. Do what you do so well that people enthusiastically refer others to you. ideas. Collect pictures of what you want to be. 46. 23. and experiences. vegetables. Speak and write only positive words. do. pork. 24. compliment 28. Minimize alcohol. Say: I can. 40. Be open to new ideas. Exercise at least 20 minutes daily to achieve and maintain your ideal body.constantly explore and challenge the world. Learn something new every day. Act as if it were impossible to fail. 45. sugar. beef. Listen to music which motivates you. and superb service. Avoid saying: can't. Strive to accomplish more with less time. play. Build your reputation for honesty.. 47. 20. 39. money. smile. or sleep. 14. it's simple. quality. 12. nuts.