See “only connect” in Knowledge: Its Economics and Its Productivity
You can make all the plans you will, plot to make a fortune in the commodities market, speculate on developing trends: all will likely come to naught, for “however carefully you plan for the future, someone else’s actions will inevitably modify the way your plans turn out.”
Taking a hint from Jacob Bronowski’s “Ascent of Man”, Burke charts the course of technological innovation from ancient times to the present, but always with a subversive eye for things happening in spite of, and not because of, their inventors’ intentions.
Burke gives careful attention to the role of accident in human history.
In his opening pages, for instance, he writes of the invention of uniform coinage, an invention that hinged on some unknown Anatolian prospector’s discovering that a fleck of gold rubbed against a piece of schist—a “touchstone”—would leave a mark indicating its quality.
Just so, we owe the invention of modern printing to Johann Gutenberg’s training as a goldsmith, for his knowledge of the properties of metals enabled him to develop a press whose letterforms would not easily wear down.
With Gutenberg’s invention, Burke notes, came a massive revolution in the European economy, for, as he writes, “the easier it is to communicate, the faster change happens.”
Amazon link: Connections
Amazon link: The Day the Universe Changed
“The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not turbulence; it is to act with yesterday’s logic”. — Peter Drucker
The shift from manual workers who do as they are being told — either by the task or by the boss — to knowledge workers who have to manage themselves ↓ profoundly challenges social structure …
“Managing Oneself is a REVOLUTION in human affairs.” … “It also requires an almost 180-degree change in the knowledge workers’ thoughts and actions from what most of us—even of the younger generation—still take for granted as the way to think and the way to act.” …
These pages are attention directing tools for navigating a world moving toward unimagined futures.
It may be a step forward to actively reject something (rather than just passively ignoring) and then figure out a coping plan for what you’ve rejected.
Your future is between your ears and our future is between our collective ears — it can’t be otherwise. A site exploration starting point
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