Karen Judd Smith https://www.karenjuddsmith.com Transilient Leadership Tue, 18 Apr 2017 22:08:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 United Nations Unlocked https://www.karenjuddsmith.com/united-nations-unlocked/ https://www.karenjuddsmith.com/united-nations-unlocked/#respond Wed, 09 Nov 2016 01:35:44 +0000 https://www.karenjuddsmith.com/?p=10990 The post United Nations Unlocked appeared first on Karen Judd Smith.

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United Nations Unlocked

The Missing Link the UN Needs to Tackle Global Terrorism and the Coming Tech Tsunami

by Dr. Karen Judd Smith

amazon-best-seller-badge-red-ribbon-transReleased November 8, 2016

In her latest #1 Best Seller on Amazon “United Nations Unlocked: The Missing Link the UN Needs to Tackle Global Terrorism and the Coming Tech Tsunami” Dr. Karen Judd Smith presents a dynamic social technology innovation sorely needed by the United Nations and other multi-national organizations. No longer in a post-world war century, the UN is confronting an exponential rise of technology inherent with its capacity for great good as well as its increasing ability to pose lethal cyberwarfare threats. These new technologies are being used by terrorist groups and in ways unforeseen even less than a decade ago. Criminal access to new technologies is becoming especially problematic as they broaden their range of their asymmetrical attacks, disrupting financial institutions, government agencies, elections and keep essential services including energy grids and water supplies in their crosshairs.

Unfortunately, for the UN as well as all of the humanity it represents, methods that worked in the previous century are abysmally ill-equipped for the constantly changing landscape generated by the never-ending onslaught of technological advancements. Combining her knowledge of change leadership with proven corporate strategies, Dr. Smith outlines a social technology application that allows an organization to devise agile responses to threats of every kind such as changing markets, natural disasters, climate disruptions, terrorist attacks, international crime, political corruption, and civil war and social upheaval.

“United Nations Unlocked” is a fascinating read for anyone wondering if there is hope at the highest levels of our human experience, if there is any way for us to find our way to survive and thrive as a global society rather than continue to meltdown in the fission of intra- and international conflagrations. Dr. Smith provides a fresh discussion of the dangers we face, and yet, of the big opportunities the challenges of this century point us toward. All need not be lost, however, there is less and less time for us to consider our options as technology will not slow down for anyone, but especially for the indecisive. Her call for the UN and the tech community, two major stakeholders in making those critical decisions, to come together in an innovative manner, is hopeful. But, it is hopeful only if the call receives an adequate response.

For anyone who takes global citizenship seriously, or is in support of the UN and want to see its ongoing work have even greater impact and influence, this is a must read. And read it soon. The future is coming at us with lightning quick speed and is gaining ground every day.

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The Drawdown Phase of the Autonomous Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Tsunami https://www.karenjuddsmith.com/drawdown-phase-of-autonomous-robotics-and-artificial-intelligence-tsunami/ https://www.karenjuddsmith.com/drawdown-phase-of-autonomous-robotics-and-artificial-intelligence-tsunami/#respond Wed, 01 Jun 2016 15:20:19 +0000 https://www.karenjuddsmith.com/?p=10910 The post The Drawdown Phase of the Autonomous Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Tsunami appeared first on Karen Judd Smith.

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We human beings are funny creatures. Our curiosity and craving for answers keep us moving forward from one problem to a solution then on to another. Yet equally curious is our hesitation (to the point of blindness) to things we don’t really want to believe is possible, something that would mean we would have to re-think our current world-views.

I believe this is where we stand with artificial intelligence and autonomous robotics. And not because of Terminator type imaginings, tho’ they can grip us at times. Our current “relationship” with our future is more simple. We are creatures of habit and we don’t change what we do (or even think) quite so readily. And there is, by and large, good reason for this.

Nevertheless, there is no turning back the surge evident in society, toward the latest tech hardware powered by increasingly complex software. Who goes out shopping for last year’s mobile device or gadgetry? And today, these evolving devices get operating system upgrades so much more often than just a couple of years ago. Then of course, there is the simple fact that children born today may never learn how to drive, let alone remember a time where there were no desktop computers let alone mobile devices.

artificial intelligence and autonomous robotsNeural nets and AI start-ups are being bought and integrated into the systems that track every look, purchase, like and comment; woven into health-supporting “internet of things” (IoT) apps, clothing and accessories. Some have been working for some time on building in “human friendly” code to mollify the potential brutal rational-only decisions that would conclude that humans are a significant threat to the world’s resources and should be, well, at least restrained.

Companies are gearing up to retrofit trucks with self-driving systems that will increase the productivity of each vehicle and make for safer roads, will change the job-market and impact the enormous transportation industry in the USA and elsewhere.

In all this, I figure we are in the “drawdown” phase of the autonomous robotics and artificial intelligence (ARAI) tsunami, the phase where we can tell “something is happening,” we notice a curious shift in the sea-levels of ARAI, but don’t quite see the bigger picture, know what should be done or really believe the magnitude of the wave’s run-up and it’s potential impact—let alone prepare for it.

In all this, perhaps the content has been said now, by quite a few, I think we also need to pay attention to the issue of timing.

There is such as thing as being too late. Any sports person, fan or professional alike, can see in a split second, the problem of “bad timing.” A goal after the bell just doesn’t cut it.

And IF indeed, we are talking about a tsunami in terms of social impact and out ability to socially manage / handle / deal well with the impact of ARAI on our daily lives, then missing the window of opportunity to prepare as best we can to minimize difficulties is simply a responsible thing to do. Isn’t that what social leaders and governmental representatives and structures are for?

Well, yes, but the truth is also that governments are status quo, they are not the leading edges of change. That’s where civil society comes in and needs to step into the fray. Change the discussions, frame the real issues so they are solvable, and bring attention to new possibilities.

That’s where timely discussions in a variety of national and international fora about artificial intelligence, autonomous robots and autonomous weapon systems become important. Governments are unsure of what they need to know in order to make responsible policy choices—and not all agree that specific policy is necessary.These are early days in international, multilateral engagement on these issues and even at local national policy levels—and I am certainly not for hog-tying society with unnecessary policies and regulations. However, discussions that help those who do need to act get their minds around the real issues so we can translate these into helpful policies not restrictive ones, is what is needed now. There is a need to further dialogue on AI and autonomous robots and weapon systems in a way that is both concise and relevant, by helping direct attention to key issues and the areas of greatest concern.

Civl society has the opportunity, perhaps even the responsibility as global citizens, to help shape the future by shaping our conversations in pivotal places before the run-up is underway, before our only choices become reactions to crises that could have been different had we acted earlier.

A stitch in time can save nine, and wisdom remains the better part of valor.

The UN Interregional Crime and Justice Institute is already working on upgrading understanding of the issue and strategically, how the media speaks about robotics and artificial intelligence through training conferences and training for media. Perhaps it is swimming against the tide, perhaps, it is simply a deserving challenge.

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Defusing Religious Extremism https://www.karenjuddsmith.com/defusing-religious-extremism/ Sat, 14 May 2016 22:57:26 +0000 https://www.karenjuddsmith.com/?p=10887 On Tuesday 24th May, a side event for the 2016 Crime Commission will look at the building the capacity of conservative religious communities as key partners in countering terrorism.

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BUILDING THE CAPACITY OF CONSERVATIVE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES AS KEY PARTNERS IN COUNTER TERRORISM EFFORTS

A Side Event of the 2016 Crime Commission

Time: Tuesday 23rd May 2016, 13.10 – 14.00 Hr
Place: Vienna International Center, Conference Room MOE100
Organized By: International Center for Religion & Diplomacy
Co-Sponsored By: The Kingdom of Morocco, UNODC

Speakers

Mr. Ulrich Garms, Terrorism Prevention Branch, UNODC
Dr. Mr. Mohammed Slaoui, Minister Plenipotentiary, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations (Vienna)
Dr. Douglas Johnston, President, International Center for Religion and Diplomacy

Moderator
Dr. Karen Judd Smith, Acting Chair, NY Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

Addressing the “ideas behind the guns” to counter terrorism is every bit as strategic as anything else taking place on or off the battlefield. What this translates to is focusing on how to turn religious extremism in a more positive direction and to do this, practical ways to deal effectively with underlying ideologies are urgently needed. 

In this session we will look at key innovations designed to help combat all forms of radicalization leading to violent extremism that have been proven to work.

UNODC will begin with an overview of the UN’s Counter Terrorism approaches and we will then look at how the 2016 Marrakech Declaration provides a framework and impetus for protecting religious minorities within Islamic countries.

Next, we explore a proven approach that enables intervention teams to work with conservative religious leaders and communities on educational reform in madrasas and public school systems, and other equally effective strategic initiatives.

The session will be interactive, carving out time for questions and answers.

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Creating Space for Good Ideas https://www.karenjuddsmith.com/creating-space-for-good-ideas/ Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:56:16 +0000 http://karenjuddsmith.com/?p=3188 The post Creating Space for Good Ideas appeared first on Karen Judd Smith.

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This short video goes a long way to a better understanding of how good ideas come about. We like to think that great ideas gel in an instant, but just like Newton’s apple that is said to have helped Newton formulate his theory of gravity, it was most likely the cherry that was placed on top of years of thought, miles of ink, and hours of reflection.

Still, we cannot be undeterred by the lack of a transformational button in our lives, for indeed, that moment when the idea saturates our minds and finally precipitate out into something substantial enough to be shared as a (relatively) whole or complete “innovation.”

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Turn Your Biggest Challenges Into Extraordinary Outcomes https://www.karenjuddsmith.com/turn-your-biggest-challenges-into-extraordinary-outcomes/ Thu, 21 May 2015 20:49:56 +0000 http://karenjuddsmith.com/?p=3097 The post Turn Your Biggest Challenges Into Extraordinary Outcomes appeared first on Karen Judd Smith.

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Haven’t you ever found it really strange that as much as we don’t like some of our biggest problems, we can’t seem to stop thinking about them? Re-living them? Talking about them incessantly?

We do have a strange love affair with our problems. And some of us more than others.

But challenges and difficulties can also the mother’s of invention and turning points in our lives. Is there are secret difference between problems that destroy and problems that lead to breakthrough? We think there is. And it’s just not that hard to DO what will make the difference!

Developing understanding of how to turn our stickiest problems on their head, can be some of the most gratifying and before too long, rewarding efforts we can make. To say nothing of getting our lives back!

So, what if you had a system to deal with problems as they arise… the large and the small? What might it mean for your personal life? For your loved ones and family?Your professional life or career?

There are different ways to do almost everything. Some of theme clearly will be “better” for someone. In this webinar, we take a look at:

  • Some of the myths that surround problems
  • Some of the surprising “facts” about problems, and
  • Some fun things to do to let relief seep back in!

Watch the replay of this Webinar from Friday 22nd May at 3:00 PM Pacific/Noon Eastern.

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5 Ways to Kill Your Dreams https://www.karenjuddsmith.com/5-ways-to-kill-your-dreams/ Sun, 12 Apr 2015 14:33:03 +0000 http://karenjuddsmith.com/?p=2858 One or two of these may surprise you. The others may be ones you know about but effectively ignore in your daily life. Either way, it’s good to be reminded of these 5 decisions we make and make them anew.

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One or two of these may surprise you. The others may be ones you know about but effectively ignore in your daily life. Either way, it’s good to be reminded of these 5 decisions we make and make them anew.

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Why Do Ambitious Women Have Flat Heads? https://www.karenjuddsmith.com/why-do-ambitious-women-have-flat-heads/ Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:54:39 +0000 http://karenjuddsmith.com/?p=2712 Are you a women with an interest in technology, perhaps even been at it for quite a while? You will nod and laugh quietly until you get to the occasional really enjoyable gaffaws you won’t be able to muffle. And you too will remember why you have a flat head. Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech […]

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Are you a women with an interest in technology, perhaps even been at it for quite a while?

You will nod and laugh quietly until you get to the occasional really enjoyable gaffaws you won’t be able to muffle.

And you too will remember why you have a flat head.

Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was ultimately valued at $3 billion, making millionaires of 70 of her team members. In this frank and often hilarious talk, she explains why she went by “Steve,” how she upended the expectations of the time, and shares some sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women …

Entrepreneur and philanthropist
In 1962, Dame Stephanie “Steve” Shirley founded Freelance Programers, a software firm with innovative work practices — and (mainly) women employees. Full bio

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Are You A Stress Devotee? https://www.karenjuddsmith.com/stress-and-problems/ Mon, 16 Mar 2015 20:33:49 +0000 http://karenjuddsmith.com/?p=2500 The post Are You A Stress Devotee? appeared first on Karen Judd Smith.

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What ONE thing do you long to have more of in your life, in ONE word? https://www.karenjuddsmith.com/what-one-thing-do-you-long-to-have-more-of-in-your-life-in-one-word/ Sun, 15 Mar 2015 17:59:02 +0000 http://karenjuddsmith.com/?p=2359 About 9 months ago, a post showed up in LinkedIn asking this question. I only now just found it but my immediate response was to “add it all up.” There were more responses than I input, but I did process 533 responses to see what pattern would emerge. So for those of you interested, you […]

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About 9 months ago, a post showed up in LinkedIn asking this question. I only now just found it but my immediate response was to “add it all up.” There were more responses than I input, but I did process 533 responses to see what pattern would emerge. So for those of you interested, you can see what I found below.

These are responses from women participating in the Professional Women’s Network on LinkedIn.

By the way, thank you Kathy Caprino for asking the question—your question elicited a fantastic response!

I input 533 words and largely left the information raw. But I must admit I turned a couple of two-worders like ‘financial security’ into ‘security’ and the like that were similar enough and reiterated enough that I thought they did need to show up as such to be more meaningful.

The list of one-off wishes is itself insightful, so do scan it below!

To make the pie chart visually useful I only included those words with 10 or more “votes.” But I did make the word-cloud out of all the 533 words!

Enjoy!

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Active Listening https://www.karenjuddsmith.com/the-listeners/ Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:25:42 +0000 http://conciergechaplain.com/?p=713 Active Listening: Establishing trust and clarity as the basis for honest communication It is not a simple skill, but it is one that can be learned and mastered. Active listening requires you to pay keen attention to what the other is really saying and meaning, and even more, finding “behind” what is being said, a sense of […]

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Active Listening: Establishing trust and clarity as the basis for honest communication

It is not a simple skill, but it is one that can be learned and mastered. Active listening requires you to pay keen attention to what the other is really saying and meaning, and even more, finding “behind” what is being said, a sense of the inner motives for what is being said. Aware that language is a phenomenal tool and yet so frequently the source of misunderstanding, ensuring what is being heard is congruent with what is meant, requires “checking in” with the speaker at opportune times throughout the exchange to make sure that what you think you are hearing is what they are really saying.

Because active listening is a way of asking questions to ensure there is as little misunderstanding as possible, this dynamic also enables the speaker to “better hear themselves” and more accurately understand their impact on others.

This makes active listening a valuable practice for resolving conflict and misunderstanding, especially in multi-cultural environments.

Active Listening serves 3 very important purposes:

1) Sometimes we get it wrong and active listening helps us understand what the other is saying more accurately. For example in a hospice case the conversation may follow these lines: “I wish I could just go on and die.” An active listener will gently pause the exchange with a question. “Have I heard you right, that you want to die?” The person may respond with, “Yes, I just want to die,” or more often likely with, “Well no, I don’t want to die, but what I’m going through is painful and hard.”

2) Hearing what they themselves say outside their own “in-head stream of thought” (an often un-questioned steam of inner talk to boot) provides “new” opportunities for clarification and natural self-correction. Sometimes we mean those words, and sometimes we don’t. We’ve simply said them enough, they almost seem true to us!

This externalization of our own words and the added perspective of hearing “our words from the lips of another” helps us better explore, our own emotional terrain. This exploration then better informs our next decisions. Becoming more attuned to our real wants/needs/hopes/despairs (and not only the stories we have re-told ourselves) allows us to choose more appropriately to our “new” situation, even when it is difficult or even painful.

3) Active listening also segues the relationship into new places other skills, such as empathy and non-judgmental reassurance enables people to reach beyond the “stickiness” of  where we are right now (frustration, anger, hurt, etc.) to explore both what we have done right, and where we want to go. Engaging in life review can be both a celebration and a mourning, and both deserve time and attention. Yet in a person’s quest for exceptional living: for autonomy, mastery and purpose—being guided to connections between what we have done well and what we want for our future is a gift. It is a confidence-building, clarifying, re-membering of our dreams, where we “reconstruct” our deepest hopes into next steps for where we are today.

Dialogic Listening

Dialogic listening needs to be contrasted with active or empathic approaches but can be employed in the same conversation.

The dialogic approach has four distinctive characteristics. First, it emphasizes conversation as a shared activity. Usually people focus their attention on their own views in conversation. Active listening overcompensates for this tendency by overemphasizing the need to focus attention on the other’s views. In contrast, in dialogic listening the focus is on “our” views and the emerging product of the conversation.

Second, dialogic listening stresses an open-ended, playful attitude toward conversation. The authors note that modern Western culture values “hard” thinking which produces certainty, closure, and control. Speculative, metaphoric, ambiguous thinking is generally devalued. Dialogic listening seeks to recover and tap into the productive creativity of this “softer” style of thinking. In contrast to the “hard” style of most conversations, the “soft” style of dialogic listening requires modesty, humility, trust, and a robust recognition of the other party as a choice-maker.

Third, in dialogic listening, the parties focus on what is happening between them, rather than each party focusing on what is going on within the mind of the other. Stewart and Thomas say, “instead of trying to infer internal ‘psychic’ states from the talk, when you are listening dialogically you join with the other person in the process of co-creating meaning between you.”[p. 192]

Finally, dialogic listening focuses on the present, rather than primarily on future goals or on past events. Dialogic listening requires that one be fully present to the process and one’s conversation partner. This attitude of being-in-the-present helps each party to unify his or her actions, intentions, and speech. It can also reduce power differences.

Resources

Citation: Stewart, John, and Milt Thomas. “Dialogic Listening: Sculpting Mutual Meanings,” in Bridges Not Walls, ed. John Stewart, 6th edition, (New York: McGraw- Hill, 1995), pp. 184-201.

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