More than just eCoal, eSteam and ePower: The Modernizing Dynamics of Change

28 Nov

Part 1 of More than just eCoal, eSteam and ePower: The Modernizing Dynamics of Change

There have been significant economic and societal gains as a result of the symbiotic improvements to the capabilities of technological and computational development and how individuals and groups harness this raw potential. Unimaginable outcomes and possibilities, previously out of the reach of even elites and nation states have today become readily available and even ordinary. We should not only celebrate this, we should learn from the inventive, innovative and social drivers that powered this change.

In order to convey the scale of social transformations that these refined and newer tools provide I felt it appropriate to draw parallel with the Industrial Age and reinforce how our pushing against the boundaries of possibility today is not without precedent. It also helps shine light regarding how leaders should be thinking of the future and how to relate businesses and organisations to change.

Three clarifications help explain technology’s contribution to business model and strategic challenges:

  • At some point even the most basic of tools and infrastructures had to be conceived, formed and manipulated, reconfigured and re-engineered;
  • Invention and innovation is usually determined through need or to satisfy a specific outcome. However, history highlights that serendipity or un/expected re/discovered models and applications of tools can provide the most significant breakthroughs. Either evolutionary or revolutionary, great jumps can come from the most written off and neglected cul-de-sacs of human (and today, computational) enquiry.
  • Whether ancient or modern, man’s great inheritances have been received and expand upon tend to be under appreciated. Similarly, the great leaps forward in our age usually lose cache through the triumph of familiarity and pervasiveness.

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Serving as part of the Dialogue, Governance and Reform in the Web 2.0 Age series, supplementary posts will include:

  1. Introduction
  2. Economic requirements: Catalyst for Invention, Innovation and Progress;
  3. Not Just Invention: Change Through The Desire to Innovate, Reimagine and Expand;
  4. New Tools, New Patterns, New Thoughts: the Great Dialogue;
  5. Nobody Will Notice The Slow Death of Dissmeination, They Will Be Too Busy Listening;
  6. The frictions of competition and cooperation to strategic thinking;
  7. The Hot and Cold Wars: Relationships and conflicts between big and small, propriety and open source.

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Other blog posts in the Order From Chaos miniseries include:

  1. Order From Chaos: Performance Management and Social Media Analytics in the Age of Big Data;
  2. Abstraction, Perspective and Complexity: Social Media’s Canon of Proportions;
  3. Logic, Computation and (f*(k?) Meming: On2logi+k,ing;
  4. Transposition, Catalysts and Synthesis: Playing with iMacwells eDemon.

 

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If you have any suggestions, relevant links or questions to add flavour to this series then please join the dialogue below or contact me via Twitter:

 

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