The year that everything changes

Posted by on Jan 1, 2009 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

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"The early 21st Century. That's when everything changes. We've got to be ready" [Captain Jack Harkness]

I'm going to risk a prediction: this year is the one when everything is going to change (at least, that's how it will seem in retrospect)

The year when the collision between our experiments with new technologies, the cold bite of the economic realities and the rush of our new insights into ourselves and our profoundly social nature will together force us to rethink and rework everything we do.

IMHO it's not going to be a matter of evolving: we're approaching a discontinuity, a singular moment, after which everything will be different.

Not one of us knows quite how things will be on the other side, nor can we hope to til we get there.

So what can we do?

Travel hopefully? Remain open-minded? Watch and learn from each other? Try lots of things & back lots of horses? All of these and more.

More indeed: let's not fall for any old ideas that we bring with us from the past – old ideas arising, like most marketing science, out of Mid Century Midwest USA and thus far from eternal and unchanging.

Let's test our ideas and practices against the simple measure: is this just the old map re-written? is it just "evolved"? Changed a little in form but not in substance?

If everything changes, then shouldn't your ideas and map change, too?

Happy New Year, everybody!

6 Comments

  1. Valeria Maltoni
    January 2, 2009

    Is this going to be the year of people who think differently? Where does “herd” fit in that?

  2. urbanworkbench
    January 2, 2009

    Interesting thoughts, your’s isn’t the only prediction of massive change, both the author James Howard Kunstler, the Russian ex-diplomat professor recently quoted in the NY Times believe that this year is set for major upheavals in energy, finance, food, society and politics.
    The world has never had so many tipping points waiting to let go, rather than betting on horses, maybe we should be buying them!

  3. Antony Mayfield
    January 2, 2009

    I’ll go with that, Mark – that’s how I feel about this year too.
    I just read advice for student journalists from Suzanne Yada (via buzzmachine):
    “Grow some cojones. Let me level with you. The world doesn’t need more music reviewers or opinion spouters. The world needs more people willing to ask tough questions.”
    I think that applies to us all: we need to ask tough questions and challenge ourselves and everything about our world. There’s no question that this is the moment to seriously disrupt old models and accepted practices.

  4. neilperkin
    January 2, 2009

    With you on this Mark. Feels like everything is aligned to make this a momentous year of change

  5. Alfie
    January 26, 2009

    “The early 21st Century. That’s when everything changes. We’ve got to be ready” [Captain Jack Harkness]
    GAY.
    I’m going to risk a prediction: this year is the one when everything is going to change (at least, that’s how it will seem in retrospect)
    I love the idea that somehow reflection defines an age; sure it’s a true thing, but it’s a singularly pretty conceit to do it in advance 🙂
    The year when the collision between our experiments with new technologies, the cold bite of the economic realities and the rush of our new insights into ourselves and our profoundly social nature will together force us to rethink and rework everything we do.
    I can only say, as a complete luddite, I have been lucky enough over the last 7 years or so to see the seeds sown. Yes. This is the year I think too. And coming from someone mostly characterised by mobile that’s a bit of give there.
    IMHO it’s not going to be a matter of evolving: we’re approaching a discontinuity, a singular moment, after which everything will be different.
    I’m made to think of the piece that @kaigani wrote, published today over @agit8 today. There are some people, in Kai’s case, the BEST CRITICAL THINKER OF THE MOST PROMINENT AGENCY IN THE WORLD TODAY, imo, who are enabled to be honest. Well isn’t that a cake to live. Isn’t that the melody we’re all fighting to sing our harmony to?
    Not one of us knows quite how things will be on the other side, nor can we hope to til we get there.
    So what can we do?
    @petite_a gave me some insight today from her first days in transmogrifying from a german genius into an English one. If ever Ex boyfriends were useful, well, read on. A map of what it is to navigate the thinking of an english man, a way of making sense of the singular British Ego. Well, Alexa? I’d like to meet him.
    That’s what’s missing perhaps; a Rosetta to take us there; a template which when looked at we all go at once, harmony, a given “ah yeah!”
    Travel hopefully? Remain open-minded? Watch and learn from each other? Try lots of things & back lots of horses? All of these and more.
    You’re rich! We’re in a shell economy remember! 😉
    More indeed: let’s not fall for any old ideas that we bring with us from the past – old ideas arising, like most marketing science, out of Mid Century Midwest USA and thus far from eternal and unchanging.
    Let’s test our ideas and practices against the simple measure: is this just the old map re-written? is it just “evolved”? Changed a little in form but not in substance?
    If everything changes, then shouldn’t your ideas and map change, too?
    http://britglyph.com
    http://moblog.net/findme
    #digeglyph
    If we work at it, yeah, for sure.
    Happy New Year, everybody!
    x

  6. Elecy Sheelu
    February 17, 2009

    You can never identify that which you search for if nothing remains the same.
    Here is an excellent discussion http://vasiga.googlepages.com/ss.pdf