Most of the pages on this site contain the following at the top of their page:
This page provides some clarification of the phrase:
“EVERY FEW HUNDRED YEARS in Western history there occurs a sharp transformation.
|Following quotes from Peter Drucker|
Most successful executive in history: “Management as a practice is very old.
The most successful executive in all history was surely that Egyptian who, 4700 years or more ago, first conceived the pyramid—without any precedent—designed it and built it, and did so in record time.
Unlike any other work of man built at that time that first pyramid still stands.
But as a discipline, management is barely fifty years old.
It was first dimly perceived around the time of World War I.
It did not emerge until World War II, and then primarily in the United States.”
Mechanical model of technology: In 1712, Thomas Newcomen put the first working steam engine into an English coal mine.
This made it possible for coal to be mined—until then groundwater had always flooded English mines.
With Newcomen’s engine, the age of steam was on.
Thereafter, for two hundred fifty years, the model of technology was mechanical.
Fossil fuels rapidly became the main source of energy.
The ultimate source of motive power was what happens inside a star, that is, the sun.
In 1945, atomic fission and, a few years later, fusion replicated what occurs in the sun.
There is no going beyond this.
In 1945 the era, (in which the mechanical universe was the model) came to an end
A new civilization is born: Just a year later, in 1946, the first computer, the ENIAC, came on stream.
And with it began an age
“Information” itself is indeed analytical and conceptual.
But information is the organizing principle of every biological process.
Life, modern biology teaches, is embodied in a “genetic code” that is, in programmed information.
Indeed, the sole definition of that mysterious reality “life” that does not invoke the supernatural is that it is matter organized by information.
And biological process is not analytical.
In a mechanical phenomenon the whole is equal to the sum of its parts and therefore capable of being understood by analysis.
Biological phenomena are however “wholes.” They are different from the sum of their parts.
The connection between the six preceding symbols (with their associated explanations) is a world repeatedly moving toward unimagined futureS
Sources for the quotes above: Most successful executive in history. See paragraph beginning with "Once additional conclusion" under heading "The employee society" on page 311 of hardback, Chapter 23: "A century of social transformation—emergence of knowledge society" in The Essential Drucker by Peter Drucker.
Remaining symbols: See first three paragraphs and the paragraphs following the heading "From analysis to perception" in Chapter 26: "From analysis to perception—the new world view" in The Essential Drucker by Peter Drucker
Management and Economic Development:
Besides the time dimensions above, our lives are founded on our childhood in earlier times with the limited “world view” that implies—another dimension of unimagined futures.
Related and interwoven (part of a foundation for future directed decisions):
Toward unimagined futures
Preparation for unimagined futures: developing a work approach that is adequate to the challenges ahead.
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“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.
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