THE FUTURE  A Short Guide to Getting There in One Piece

THE FUTURE A Short Guide to Getting There in One Piece

Thoughtful individuals are not defined by status, gender, class or age. Neither are societies.  But fixing systemic challenges at scale has been notoriously elusive. Typically, it takes a successful movement going mainstream, war, or the occasional global plague to see a shift in human behaviour. And it doesn’t always last.

It’s definitely the case that we have difficulty overcoming the wickedness of many human challenges. And I complain bitterly when people suggest there’s a ‘we’ in that sentence.

We Think?

The idea that ‘we’ have to fix a challenge or create change is why WE never do.

I would struggle to go and visit ‘we’- – for instance, where the fuck does ‘we’ live?

Unfortunately, it’s become a convenient lingo.  It’s foolish and dangerous. Even the more thoughtful of us lapse and say ‘we’ when we know there’s no mechanism for ‘we’.

This means ‘we’ are being busy solving the wrong problem really well — believing that there is ‘we’. 

We Hope

If ‘we’ can get momentum into a movement – a collective behind a systemic change – then there may be a ‘we’.  A movement can motivate us – the public at scale to gather impetus around a purpose. In this scenario, I’m imagining challenges of the sort that would deny one type of audience over another.

Therefore, I’m conceiving of solutions that bypass biased, corrupt, bullshit ‘systems.’  We must reinvent the deeply flawed pre-engineered systems built to rules designed to serve everyone but ‘we’.

We Don’t Think

Subjectivity imprisons us in a false world with deadly force. Subjectivity is a psychopath that almost always wins. When objectivity is allowed in, the psychopath easily tricks objectivity into thinking that it won. Change is oblivious to subjectivity and just does its thing.

Change isn’t something to be fixed. It can only be exploited, which means reinvention – and this isn’t negotiable. Only those capable of rethinking on a daily basis can hope to emerge for the better into whatever is the new norm.

And by extrapolation, the new norm will be ‘nothing normal’ – ever again. Retooling and reconstituting operations will signal success, improve performance and be ready to exploit opportunities.

Mission Impossible?

The biggest challenge for the future will be dealing with constant corrections to the operation. It’s a challenge for countless reasons. Not simply the enormous number of corrections.

Luckily for us, automation is helping intelligent operations deal with the exponential number of micro-decisions and alterations.


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About the Author

John CaswellIn 2001 he formed Group Partners in response to the strategic void — a scary hole in how business worked. Strategy is the word he uses to describe plans for change and transformation. He created a global consultancy based in Structured Visual Thinking™ — a collaborative and visual technique for creating strategy and plans. Designed as the antidote to the countess uninspiring and traditional methods for building the right plans for the future.

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