It’s time for each of us to focus on what we already have. As artists and architects, we have the choice to free ourselves from the residual industrial paradigms and chart a new journey for business and humanity.
Dose #96 of SanityThink back to the last few centuries, where many believed they did not have enough, and lived in a world of scarcity driven by economic depression and war. People had to take what they needed away from others to survive. Competition was fierce and it produced a mindset of not having enough resources. It was a time when management practices were based on notions of scarcity.
There are now many views and stories surfacing in non-traditional media channels about how a concentrated economic elite have shaped modern sociopolitical structures to further their own ends, without concern for anyone else, further distorting the already grossly unjust distribution of income and wealth. As more independent media sources sprout on the Internet—many finally reporting stories of people and businesses who are doing good in society—people will have access to different types of information coming directly from people experiencing an event.
With a 21st-century mindset, we can discover unique opportunities to create new markets, products, services, and, most importantly, purpose-driven experiences for people. As more people start working for gigs rather than for corporations, we will uncover new paths to living and working. As less of us follow the noise of what is expected of us and instead follow our purpose, we will trust our intuition to guide us in new ways.
Imagine for one minute if we stopped talking about “big data” and the “Internet of things” and instead talked about how we can make the world better by embracing human connectivity. Business is so obsessed with how smart we are to create all these new technologies that somehow we forgot the human who uses them, and instead call a human nothing more than the “User Interface (UI).” The dehumanization we are seeing comes from us, so we are the ones who can change it.
It is liberating when you realize that in a world of opportunities, there is no need to focus on pointless divisions and conflicts. Organizations benefit greatly when they tap into their people’s talents and passions, and pursue with collective purpose the ideas that spurred the creation of their organizations in the first place. Too many people today are hanging on by leading (or following) with fear. It is easy to evoke fear; the fear of losing your job, your home, your family, your friends, your health, and even your country can be evoked by a few images and words. That fear can be paralyzing, and we often look to someone else for protection. Fear and competition can force us to retreat into our perceived safety and live in anger and hurt.
Of course, fear is also important. You are wise to fear jumping out of an airplane without a parachute, or punching a tiger in the nose, but I am talking about illusory fears, which we are inundated with and which are very harmful. What if you choose to listen to your intuition and reason instead of what others tell you is important?
As artists and architects, we have the choice to free ourselves from the residual industrial paradigms and chart a new journey for business and humanity.
Welcome to 2017 where we have 365 days to play, create and connect.