The imagination is powerful: it reveals a vision for the future in an entirety; however, this vision is sometimes difficult to transport into reality. Imagining a future is an important step toward moving proactively, although more work than imagination is needed to bring something to life.
Interpretation is a tool that helps to transform the imagined into the real. Daniel Boscaljon’s training in theories of interpretation (philosophy, psychology, communication theory, narrative theory) combined with his experience as an interviewer and reviewer allow him insight into the blueprints that determine the essence of a thing. CHI’s professional consultations inquire about the nature of a group, a product, or a plan of action in order to identify the essence of a proposed design. This means determining the nature of the whole, how different parts relate to that whole, and thus which parts are missing or extraneous.
An ideal group intuitively balances many kinds of things: people, technology, spaces, vision statements, economics, plans, funds. Each has its place, each fulfills its function, and each ends up adding to more than the sum of its parts. Something is always lost when translating a plan or vision into reality. Reality always adds factors that are impossible to predict.
Finding balance is difficult even at an individual level. The work of gathering things together and organizing parts of one’s life toward a central point of focus requires a balance of integrating what one has, an openness to what assets and hazards are around, and a directedness toward a single goal is difficult—but rewarding. Balancing past, present, and future in an open trajectory to the future is the formula for a deep sense of pleasant satisfaction.
To find this level of harmony and balance requires making changes that cannot be done through control. Creating a context of fear and desire can inspire obedience. This is often achieved by heightening a sense of scarcity or competitiveness to drive a certain level of productivity. Ultimately, however, this kind of environment feels unsafe and leads to high levels of burnout and turnover. Understanding and mapping the structure and the dynamic flow of an organization allows a proactive sense of how and where to influence change for fast and effective results.
Objects, plans, and proposals—like groups—consist of a set of parts and wholes. Daniel’s intuitive form of understanding and rigorous, generous form of questioning expand and refine different possibilities for a thing and create a set of options for what advantages and disadvantages are best to pursue. Daniel’s background in critical thinking and aesthetic theory allow him to sense the heart of a project, determine its essential qualities, and describe how to evaluate what seems helpful and ways to eliminate what is distracting.