Have you noticed that sometimes what you want to share is so huge that you don’t end up sharing at all? It is so visible and yet invisible. So obvious and yet oblivious. I decided that I must share today even if it is just a quick glimpse of that which is evident to many of us. And yet I felt is good to just put it out there, however inadequate it seems to capture the magnitude of what is emerging.
I am sure many of you have noticed many of these shifts in a small or big way. The implications are just way too huge to even try and understand. And yet the very effort to understand is fascinating.
So from my lens, the shifts that I am seeing are:
• Perhaps one of the best ways to describe the shift is to look at it as a shift from ‘Egology to Ecology’. The way we are organising ourselves is unlike the industrial age organisation. Hierarchical, sequential, linear, masculine. More like nature- organic, connected, networked, more feminine before we come to being androgynous. (History which was His story to discovering Her Story to finally arriving at Our Story). e.g. Raj Sisodia et al in their fascinating book, ‘Firms of Endearment’ speaks of more evolved organisations focusing on all stakeholders (SPICE- Society, Partners, Investors, Customers, Employees) – essentially seeing that they are not islands focussed on maximising shareholder wealth. And these orgainations who see themselves as ‘ecologies’ have outperformed business-as-usual by 9:1 (900% better!)
• Markets as places to trade to Markets are Conversations. This paradigm brought forth by the landmark book, The Cluetrain Manifesto- Rick Levine et al speaks of how the internet has completely changed the very playground. As if taking the rug out from under our feet.
• Integrity, Intuition and Co-creation are the new rules of the game. It is not as if this was absent in the past but somehow being in Integrity and accessing Intuition is becoming imperative. There is a shift in consciousness in this new world, variously described as ‘The Conceptual Age’ (by Dan Pink in ‘A whole new mind.. Why right brainers will rule the future), ‘The Aquarian Age’, ‘The Connected Age’ (by Sudhakar , Chairman, Mastek in ‘The New Constructs’movement), ‘The Network Age’ (by a dear friend who prefers to be anonymous who introduced me to this Great Shift 8 or 9 years back!), ‘The Ecological Age’ (by Azim Premji) and the Age of Transcendence (by Raj Sisodia mentioned above)
• Work Ethic to Play Ethic – Pat Kane in his book, ‘The play ethic’ speaks of how the old work ethic is giving way to a way of working. He opens the book with a quote. ‘It doesn’t matter what I think, it plays’ – John le Carre, Tailor of Panama (film) 2001. He dedicates the book thus.. ‘to the net … she is everything to me’. Ricardo Semler’s ‘Seven Day weekend’ and ‘The 4 hour workweek’ by Timothy Ferris are other books which indicate this.
There is more, much more. But this should be enough to whet our appetites. If you want to explore deeper, do have a look at the books I have mentioned and also google these people. You are in for a delightful few hours- provided you can make time and space.. And if you can’t remind yourself that the rules of the game have shifted. And its cool to let go of the treadmill, the routine, the boring, the should and dive into the dance of the day.
I would encourage those of you who can make and see connections, to please mention them as comments. eg I would be requesting my friends Murtaza (a cinema therapist and graphologist) and Rohit (working and playing together to build CoEvole!) to share related films. I would request Deepti and Santhan of Deep Red Ink to share internet related connections they see. And of course my friends, Raj Sisodia And Shubhro Sen of the Conscious Capitalism Instt to share what they see. And of course my fellow travellers in the ChittaSangha to share what they see. Sultan of Edumedia, my x-monk friend NithyaShanti, Suresh Shottam of Uforia, the Wellness Zone, Valerie, my mystic scientist friend, Raj Mali, Chinmay and many others.. would love your perspectives.