The conundrum of Taylorism may have brought about the lack of holistic perception for what we do and pardoned the ignorance to not even care what’s before and what comes after. Segregating tasks into individual linear straights may have increased short term efficiencies and mechanistic productivities, not to be confused with effectiveness. Having advanced into Digital Age these become the tasks of computers and robots and the biggest paradigm change of our world is that accelerated learning rates by ubiquitously available information and its utilization by pervasive computing requires much more of an organic understanding than mechanistic analysis can provide. Unfortunately most of the people in power today lack the qualification of holistically interpreting contexts from all the information digital age provides to all of us.
An old saying that “information is power” however is still valid. But today it has rather moved on to “interpretation and use of information is power”! Unfortunately for the old league interpretation is under the constant challenge of needing to be updated with the latest data coming in or reflecting actions. So interpretation is something live on the stream and cannot be delivered on time by subordinate assistants anymore. And it is devastating to see how many of those in power are not really authentic enough by themselves to cope with that. Intimidated by all this new/modern stuff they tend to hang onto the past good old days and (ab)use their power to just perpetuate more of the same! Since there may be only 15% of the population capable to proactively deal with the challenges of change democratic majorities still keep going to the stagnation lobbies! Maybe 25% could be coached to contribute to change, but 60% of the developed world’s population are just followers nevertheless dreaming of personal freedoms. If the developing world wouldn’t be connected, we might even freeze – but now they count and if we don’t care, they leave their countries and come as immigrants to wake us up!
The world is a finite organism and mankind is just a part of it. We have Science and Technology but we will never be able to take ultimate command and control over Nature. In contrary, it seems, where ever we have tried to override the laws of Nature or to scientifically obsolete divinity of creation, we have been humiliated. Our planet is round, spins around an axis, circulates around our source of energy in the orbit and has a Trabant circulating us. And among all these circularities we observe shifting angles of moving planes to provide for continuity of change without ever leaving closed loops. So why on this Earth should any deterministic linear model be sustainable? Persistent change is the only constant the orbital model provides. Denial just leads to cumulating discrepancies until culminating in crisis. Under insufficient preparation for “new” situations, the game change might invalidate “proven” business models and impair expensive assets held by prudent investors administrating the social savings of the working population from all developed economies.
In the meantime we throw away what’s presumed worthless and unneeded out of sight, to out of mind. But AWAY is at least AIR and much too often WATER leaving the after-use journey from cradle to grave entirely to Nature. Because the Cycle of Nature is built on Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen that commonly coincide in the form of Water. Terrestrial Carbon is stored in carbonate minerals, soil organic tissue, below ground and above ground biomass and in the form of oxides in the atmosphere in constant circulation propelled by solar energy and rain. But how many people care? Parliamentarists just think it’s complicated, ministerial heads of relevant departments are paranoid to conflict interests of lobbyists calling on them, celebrities find it more sexy to promote moonshot Technologies held out to be easy to apply without spending any second thoughts on total lifecycle implications – hello, anthropogenic one size fits all fantasies disrespecting Nature’s priority from the right again! It may seem to work for several passages until the day the foreseeable crash will happen! You know, I’ve been a Technology hero all of my 35 years entrepreneurial life and contributed a lot to today’s digital world’s hardware state of the art. But I confess to always have underestimated the uniqueness of Carbon as a material, chemical energy storage and role in our planets metabolism owed to its multifaceted physical properties from diamond to organic tissue myself.
Having been a sinner I want to spread the lessons learned to enhance Effectiveness of anthropogenic use of Carbon by saying: “Manage TERRESTRIAL CARBON FIRST to make our PLANET GREAT again! Only complementary synergies by Renewables will finally deliver a World in Carbon Balance!