We’re living in an era of explosively accelerating change. Society, politics, the economy, organisations, business, work, relationships and we, ourselves, are changing dramatically and ever more quickly. Even the climate is changing. Predictability and security are becoming harder and harder to find.
Technology has vastly expanded the universe of human possibilities, for good or ill, while the internet has interconnected human minds in a network now encompassing half of humanity. The modern world in which most of us live today is brand new, highly complex and constantly evolving. Everything is different now and things are getting stranger. Established organisations and institutions are finding it difficult to adapt to the complexity of constant and quickening change. Investors are finding it increasingly difficult to quantify risk.
My focus is on the deep political, economic, business and cultural narratives that frame the way we think about our changing world. Essentially I believe that many of the ideas we use to filter and organise our perceptions and thinking about the macro world were developed in a very different time and are less and less relevant today. Some of our most important political, economic, social, management and business concepts stem from 19th and 20th Century ideas and perspectives far removed from the experienced reality of our modern, global, hyper-connected and environmentally threatened world. Stagnant and institutionalised attitudes, thinking and mindsets at all levels have become the biggest barriers to adapting to accelerating change and thus directing it. We’re trying to navigate a very new world with old maps, using old tools in our attempts to solve new kinds of problems.
My exploration of these matters involves reading, researching, writing, tweeting and otherwise publicly discussing and communicating. My project work includes writing a book and developing a business plan as part of a political-economic narrative project to bring emerging policy solutions together into a single coherent framework capable of being virally communicated. I also offer consulting, freelance and other services and am actively looking for work related to my broad areas of interest.