Ella Ingram – Change Instigator

Do you read every page of the fine print in the terms and conditions when taking out travel insurance? In the case of QBE Insurance, the Product Disclosure Statement is 103 pages long. Ella Ingram and her mother didn’t read all the pages either.

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In 2011, Ella was a Year 11 student at Melbourne Girls’ College. She and other students of Roger Dunscombe’s media studies class were looking forward to the ten-day Art, Design and Media study tour to New York planned for April 2012.
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John Birrell – Change Instigator

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
— Mahatma Gandhi

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John Henry Winter Birrell OAM, ISO (1924-2003)

In 1959, when Victoria Police Surgeon Dr John Birrell started to give public talks on the effects of alcohol on driving, he soon found himself gagged from speaking. The problem was he was upsetting powerful interests who didn’t want his views to be heard.

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Transforming the Rational Decision Making Process – Part 3

Part 3 – The Relational Domain
The Relational Domain has the accumulation of millions of years of relationship experience from the first multicellular organisms to the sophisticated human society of today. Each generation builds on the prior generation.

The Bible even goes back further in saying Wisdom was present from the beginning of Creation: “Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the Earth.” (Proverbs 8:23)

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Figure 4 – Relational Domain

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Transforming the Rational Decision Making Process – Part 2

Part 2 – Rational Domain Bottlenecks
But things don’t always go smoothly in achieving results. Bottlenecks are blockages or distortions that occur in the in the transitions between the external world and the internal world. These can delay or block the achievement of desired results.

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Figure 3 – Rational Decision Making Process – Bottlenecks

As shown in Figure 3, there are four locations where bottlenecks can occur:
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Transforming the Rational Decision Making Process – Part 1

Do nothing, and nothing happens. Life is about decisions. You either make them or they’re made for you, but you can’t avoid them.
― Mhairi McFarlane

The intent of this blog post is to highlight the usefulness or utility of both the rational decision making process in time display mode and its transformation into the relational domain. Both are needed for wise decision making. In the rational domain I want to show that the four bottlenecks shown along the time axis, when transformed into the relational domain explain all the issues that numerous decision theorists have exposed as to what goes wrong with the normative (classical) model of decision making.

Part 1 – The Rational Domain
The rational decision-making process describes an idealised approach for solving problems and making changes for the better.

How do we go about making decisions, solving problems or doing scientific research?

Over the last three hundred years an approach called rational thinking has been the mainstay behind the decision-making process.

We’ll start with a simple example of the classical decision making process in action.

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