Negative capability is a mindset and a skill. It is an approach which helps us deal with uncertainty by embracing the unknown and, therefore, unleashing creativity, innovation and diversity. It also appeases anxiety. For the current uncertain times and the changing legal ecosystem, it is of huge relevance and timeliness for modern legal professionals. This post explores the topic to help us be prepared and cope with the ongoing changes.
In this post you’ll read about:
What is negative capability?
Why and how, specifically, developing negative capability can help (future) legal professionals survive and thrive?
How to develop and cultivate negative capability?
Lawyers are, by definition, multi-skilled: they must have a keen knowledge of the law, they should master time management, the power of persuasion, and the art of eloquence. When it comes to tech capabilities, though, their stack is often limited at Microsoft Word.
This paradox has been observed by many, and it is the premise for the ascent of a new breed of legal professionals at the frontiers between law and technology. They were symbolically called legal engineers.
Before going about paving the future, these pioneers might want to first find answers to some pressing questions such as: What legal process should we digitalise? Should we use existing technologies or create new ones from scratch? How to attenuate the community’s resistance towards this type of solution? Equally important, how to educate the general public into trusting this approach?
If you missed the first (ever, we hear!) event of the two great legal innovation luminaries sharing a conference stage you can read our very thorough notes and impressions in this post.
On 30th April 2020, Mark Cohen and Richard Susskind, hosted by Legal Geek, presented their insight on the topics of:
(1) “Legal life after COVID-19 – a very new normal”; and
(2) “When courts close, what will half the world’s lawyers do?”.
This webinar was a first out of four forming the Uncertain Decade series.
We’re recommending participating in future events of the Uncertain Decade. Read our post to find out why, along with a report from the first meeting.