What Is Changing?

by Jay Deragon on 09/11/2008

When we step back and look at the elements of changes surrounding us we can see and anticipate the outcomes holistically. Everything is in a state of change and the rate of change is faster and more profound than ever before. Just consider the following:

Politics: This election is more about what needs to change and the people will migrate to the party that represents the changes that are voiced by the majority. Consider the messages of both parties:

  • The methods of governing need to change
  • Where and what fuel we use needs to change
  • The “Health Care” System needs to change
  • Global Relations and Policies need to change
  • How we respond to the threat of terrorism needs to change
  • Economic and environmental policies need to change

Political reform appears to be the cry of the masses. The people want change, not incremental rather revolutionary. The difference between the parties is the methods being shaped by the messages.

Participation: The power of “social computing” has ignited the draw and desire for people to participate in conversations about everything and anything. Technology has advanced and enabled the masses to participate and converse at scales never before experienced or anticipated. The participatory dynamics of the masses is reaching scale and influence like never before in the history of mankind.

Empowered by the freedom of reach and expression, individuals are speaking out with loud voices and creating changes across all elements of society. Our voices are no longer contained and disconnected rather we are experiencing both the real freedom and accelerated power of speech.

The old rules of participation have been replaced by no rules. Controlled and closed participation has been replaced by uncontrolled and open participation. The game rule for business will continue to change at lightening speed as will cultures, organizational designs and management methods.

Problem Solving: Whether personal or professional everyone seeks answers to common problems. Complex or simply, the methods and means for solving problems is being reengineered by the many. Influence and perspectives are no longer contained by the few rather released to the masses. The politics of participation and the historical problems of old methods is being run over and replaced by new methods. The desire and demand for solving problems will be met by the solutions created by the masses. Resistance to this change will be met by united relations whose voice of influence will be far reaching and disruptive for those individuals and organizations that do not respond.

People: The new power of influence will create a new style of leadership. Leadership driven by unified relationships facilitated by “social tools” to influence crowds of followers to spread a message from one to one to millions at the click of a mouse. The new fundamentals of successful leaders will be centric to foundational elements of relationships grounded in common values and beliefs.

Unified relationships fueled by conversational rivers will set the new rules of politics and participation aimed at solving common problems that serve the interest of the people.

The term “we the people” will take on new meaning, influence and reach. The shifts in social design on a global scale are yet unknown and will come unexpectedly to those not engaged but with understanding to those who are.

Politics, Participation, Problem Solving and People are the forces of change and the supply chain for everything and everybody.

What say you?

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