Remembering Alvin Toffler (1928 to 2016) and Future Shock – post Brexit – Alvin Toffler coined the term ‘Future Shock’ and he is remembered at this Guardian link.https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/30/alvin-toffler-author-of-future-shock-dies-aged-87
Today’s reality is that we are in a state of Future Shock and our ‘Leaders’ left or right cannot define the future from the present multi-planet paradigm they (and we) inhabit and pursue – Here is a clip from a from an piece I wrote in 2009.
I have always deliberately tried to use language that is neutral in this polarised debate that sheds little light.
‘……………….We are suffering from what Alvin Toffler called ‘Future Shock’.
This being a state of confusion that arises when the past offers little guidance to dealing with the present and the future and we are in such a time, where the past offers few signposts to the future – when increasing demand for goods and services meets declining resources to create them. Tomorrow’s businesses depend on their abilities to continually transform what they do and how they do it, and to achieve this they need a regeneration of the mindset that led them to this point in time.
They must have the ability to think beyond the boundaries of the organisation to the wider system and seek to attain their organizational outcomes at continually reducing resource intensity.
Creativity and Ingenuity
Shewhart created his circle of improvement, Plan, Do, Check, Act and it has stood the test of time but it doesn’t explicitly show the need for the creativity and ingenuity required to drive continual improvement, towards system sustainability.
Including these vital ingredients creates a Virtuous Circle that, using ‘in process control’ and a synergy of an entire organization’s stake-holders and their combined knowledge and skills, enables process learning, which after sensing and absorbing external signals will liberate the creativity and ingenuity within to drive the process design in the direction of sustainability.
As the process becomes more sustainable, the losses are by definition minimised, reducing the need for appraisal costs and eliminating the costs and risks of internal and most importantly, external failures……………cont.’