Is it only me, or do you believe 4 well-written articles all speak to one big coming change? I’ll let you decide. Things I think are worth reading this weekend.
Disruption or Shift?
“We are living in a world where flow will prevail and topple any obstacles in its way,” says Hagel. “As flow gains momentum, it undermines the precious knowledge stocks that in the past gave us security and wealth. It calls on us to learn faster by working together and to pull out of ourselves more of our true potential, both individually and collectively. It excites us with the possibilities that can only be realized by participating in a broader range of flows. That is the essence of the Big Shift.”
By the notable Tom Friedman, of the NYT. In a post called “There’s Something Happening here.” (Which has me humming the song with that lyric. Argh.) But then there’s this great post making fun of the fact that Friedman does say what “it” is.
“Business will require a rethink from the ground up to become social, not just a few tweaks and new hires in PR and customer support organizations.”
Wendy Lea of Get Satisfaction is quoted in this post and Stowe Boyd does a great job calling BS on the people who are currently talking “social business” to create renewed interest in what they are still selling, social media.
We Are The Greed.
“Is there a problem in our country? Yes, there absolutely is. Poverty numbers are through the roof and we need to do a lot more to empower the people at the bottom and help them survive. But let’s be clear. The fault isn’t just with the top 1%. In the last ten years, the people in the middle have done just as much damage to the system as the top has–but what bothers me more is that they are taking absolutely none of the responsibility. Undoubtedly, I will get irrational comments to this post from people who simply can’t answer where all the dollars are supposed to come from. No one wants to give anything up.”
Brilliant post written, surprisingly, by a VC. I think he nails the issue which is that we are going through a cultural revolution as much as an economic one. We will all be changed by it.
Velocity over Mass
“Oracle, IBM, Google, SAP, all big companies, all giants. (Fill in the blanks for your particular field. NBC-CBS-ABC. GM-Ford. EMI-SonyBMG-Universal-Warner.) We think they have an advantage over smaller companies, because they have market share, economies of scale, and momentum on their side. Not true. Accelerate the rate of change, and pretty soon size no longer matters. What matters now is velocity. “
All things you know I really believe given that said virtually these exact words in 2009 at my TEDIndia talk. So maybe I’m creating an echo chamber by repeating his words but nonetheless…at least it’s getting clearer that there’s a fundamental shift. No one seems to yet be talking about real solutions yet. More of Daniel Burrus’ blog post here.