How to de-bunk myths about Canadian agriculture

The expression ‘mud sticks’ doesn’t just refer to your equipment this wet spring. It also means that misinformation seems to have an uncanny knack for settling in and never letting go. Misinformation creates myths. And once myths start to propagate on social media they are next to impossible to correct. Refuting the misinformation that leads to dangerous myths about agriculture involve battling against several complex … Continue reading How to de-bunk myths about Canadian agriculture

How to fight misinformation in a world of information

In an increasingly politically polarized world, farmers know all too well how difficult it can be to get an opportunity to present their facts or make their point. Equally difficult is getting your audience to pause long enough to listen, consider, and open themselves up to the possibility that new information may be more factually correct than what they currently hold to be true. This … Continue reading How to fight misinformation in a world of information

How to minimize conflict when emotions are bubbling to the surface

Empathy – the ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes – is a learned trait. When we end up in a situation where we disagree with someone and emotions start to get charged our Old Brain switches to the primitive flight or fight mode – neither of which state has room for new-fangled (as far as the Old Brain is concerned) emotions like empathy. … Continue reading How to minimize conflict when emotions are bubbling to the surface

The Einstellung Effect

The what’s-that-now?! ‘Einstellung’ literally means “setting” or “installation” in German. The boiled down definition of the Einstellung effect is ‘a mechanized state of mind’, that is, where the same ideas or solutions become our default answers, because they are set in our minds. Based on past experiences, your brain will choose familiar solutions to a new problem even if alternatives would be more efficient or … Continue reading The Einstellung Effect

How to nurture a beginner’s mind

Shoshin is a Zen Buddhism philosophical concept that means “beginner’s mind”. A beginner’s mind is open, eager to learn, free of preconceptions that can infect an honest, open, transparent conversation – a blank slate. As a Canadian farmer, you are thinking, “This is exactly what we need all consumers to have when it comes to discussing agriculture!”: a mind free of erroneous or mythical information … Continue reading How to nurture a beginner’s mind