About Human Nature

Human provides tools and processes, which use the Human Framework, a multi-ontology contextual framework for understanding human nature. The Human Framework was originated and developed by  Ian McLaren Wallace, founder of Human, as a pragmatic platform for working with the tensions that are encountered along the boundaries between inner and outer worlds.

Inner and Outer Worlds

We all live in two worlds, an inner world and an outer world. Your inner world is a place of imagination, ideas and insights. Your outer world is a place of facts, data, and tangible realities. In the workplace, it can often seem like the outer world is the only world that really matters because that’s where you can manage and measure the actual results that you produce. In reality, however, nothing that you create in the outer world would exist without the initial imagination and inspiration of your inner world. You need to connect both your inner and outer worlds to create valuable results but one of the biggest challenges that you face in doing so is working with the tensions that you encounter along the boundaries between your inner and your outer worlds. This usual method of working with the tensions along these boundaries between your inner and outer worlds is just to disconnect from the boundary and avoid engaging with any tension as it can appear to be the cause of confusion and conflict rather than the source of ideas and insights.

Fundamental Flow

One of the main challenges in working with the tensions along the boundaries between your inner and your outer worlds is that much of the flow of awareness between your inner and outer worlds occurs at a fundamental level that you are usually consciously unaware of. This fundamental unconscious awareness feeds backwards and forwards across the boundary between your inner and outer worlds and if you try to disengage from this flow of awareness, it can result in you becoming too fixated on outer world outcomes, or focusing too much on what is happening in your inner world. Being too fixated on outer world outcomes can mean that you end up working in a very mechanistic and soulless manner, whereas focusing too much what is happening in your inner world can mean that you can end up being impractical and overly idealistic. Actively engaging with the flow between your inner and outer worlds, and engaging with the boundaries that emerge, exist and evolve, results in you becoming far more mindful, in the true sense of the word, of the connections between your inner and outer worlds.

Self Awareness

This fundamental flow of awareness between your inner and outer worlds occurs naturally and provides the basis of how you form your perceptions of your inner world and outer world, both at a conscious and unconscious level. As you experience and engage with the flow of awareness between your inner and your outer worlds, your sense of self-awareness emerges, exists and evolves. In the workplace, the self is often reified, considered to be an object, a thing, but your self is actually that living, breathing, dynamic connection between your inner and your outer worlds that you experience in the flow of awareness between them. That interface between your inner world and your outer world is not just a static boundary, but is a constantly moving circular loop that feeds your inner world perceptions forward into your outer world and feeds your outer world perceptions back into your inner world.

Using the inner world to understand the outer world

You feed your inner world perceptions into the outer world as a way of naturally understanding what is happening in the world around you. Your inner world perceptions are often instinctive, intuitive and imaginative, and so you usually feed them forward at an unconscious level. When you do consciously engage with the perceptions that you are feeding forward, you may find it challenging to describe them rationally and objectively, so they are often expressed in the form of imagery, either as images, or linguistically as metaphors. Although your experiences of conscious awareness may seem like you are merely an observer immersed in an extremely high-definition sensory experience, the reality is that you are constantly generating emotions and images in your inner world and unconsciously feeding them forward into the outer world around you. You don’t just passively experience the outer world, you use your inner world to actively create imagery that enables you to understand what is happening in the outer world.

Using the outer world to explain the inner world

As you understand the outer world by feeding your inner world perceptions forward into it, you also use the same constantly moving perceptual loop to feed your outer world perceptions back into your inner world as a way of explaining it. Much of this happens unconsciously as you orient yourself in your outer world and make sense of it, and at a conscious level you use the outer world to explain your inner world by using outer world models, theories and concepts. In the same circular process where you use your inner world to understand outer world, you also use your outer world to explain your inner world. At a conscious level, this is done in models, theories and concepts but most of it happens at an unconscious level, where you explain your inner world by using language and imagery. You use your perceptual feedback from the outer world as a way to tangibly confirm the perceptions that you generate imaginally in your inner world.

Natural Learning

The feedforward – feedback circle, where you use your inner world to unconsciously imagine your perceptions of the outer world and then use your outer world to sense check these perceptions back into your inner world, is a natural learning process. As you use this process to make sense of your inner and outer worlds, you are constantly evolving and updating the differences between what you imagine in your inner world and your experiences of the tangible realities of your outer world. The main way that you sense check the difference between your inner and outer worlds is not by using some mental ticking off process, but by making sense of the differences between your inner and outer world at an unconscious level, using your emotions. Your emotions just don’t happen to you, you unconsciously create them as a way of understanding the difference between your outer and inner worlds.

Understanding the Self

We all live in two worlds, an inner world and an outer world. The connection between the inner and outer worlds is a dynamic, circular feedforward – feedback loop, which you experience as your sense of self. By working with the tensions that emerge, exist and evolve along the boundaries between your inner and your outer worlds, you give yourself the opportunity to turn your ideas and inspirations into tangible reality, so that you can make a valuable difference to the world around you. The more that you work with the connection between your inner and outer worlds, the more likely it is that you will achieve a greater understanding of your self, of who you actually are, what you really need and what you truly believe. As you engage with the outer world to explain it more comprehensively and explore your inner world to understand more clearly, the most powerful work that you can do is along the boundary between your inner and outer worlds because that is where you experience your self.