“Fast thinking is your autopilot – your automatic responses that dictate your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Slow thinking is what happens to you when you turn off your autopilot.”… Geir Berthelsen
On moving at the speed of slow…
While researching sources for an article on slow travel for a different publication, I came across the think tank World Institute of Slowness founded in 1999 by Norwegian Geir Betherlsen with the distinct aim to change the way people think about values, speed, and their approach to work and life.
Geir Berthelsen wants you to slow down. Right now. Stop whatever you’re doing, take a deep breath, and wrest back control.“Don’t live life as if you’re afraid of being late to your own funeral,” says the founder of The World Institute of Slowness (WIS), whose business card is a three-minute hourglass that recipients can use when they need to pause.
Anything that can be digitalized will be digitalized in the future. This is what our emphasis on speed – fastness – currently requires. So, Berthelsen believes that the greatest value will be placed on things we can’t digitalize – because there are no algorithms for human imagination, personal purpose, intrinsic creativity, and love.
If you’re flying Norwegian Airlines this month, be sure to pick up a copy and read my feature titled “A brief history of slow“.