Harold Jarche – Are we going to go into a dark age?

In terms of organizational change is not going to be enough that we need societal change, and well, I have mentioned Steven Berlin Johnson with his book “Where Good Ideas Come From”. He wrote another one recently, called “Future Perfect”. And he talked about this, as a matter of fact most of it is about, is about role models and governance, and he claims this term Peer Progressive. He said that these are not people on the left, they are not people on the right. These are people who understand, sort of a mix there, that they understand the value of internet technology and how that connects people. They understand collaboration, cooperation, and that they want to get things done for the betterment of society.

And I think that sort… I mean we’re at the stage where we’re trying to change our governance structures. We’re trying to change our institutions. There are questions on religion, and there are questions around how companies are organized. There is, you talked about education, I mean no one seems to be happy with the education system. And I think one of the reasons for it that it’s a system. I think that, but… and so… and then at the same time there’s a counter point to each one of those, is that, well, occupied pushes, then you start getting more police brutality. You get […] protesters going on, well, people are protesting the bank system; you start getting the Central Bank’s doing some very interesting things in terms of currency manipulation. While people are questioning the whole notion of religiosity, you get religious fundamentalism counter balancing that.

In many ways we’re at a similar stage to the religious wars in Europe. So 150 years after the invention of the printing press, it was around 1600, Europe was at war, right? The church was in question. The princes were figuring out, you know, we got this new tech… they didn’t say we got the new technology, but lots of words were being passed around by books and printing and things like that. Bibles were being translated into non-Latin languages, but it was a pretty nasty period of time, when time is marching back and forth, and you know, the creation of the Spanish inquisition and everything like that as this went through. We’re 150 years into the Electric Age into the… The Telegraph was invented around 1850… so I think that now we’re seeing what happens with the electrification of communication, and that all those institutions that are well a 100 plus years old are being called into question.

The thing is, are we going to go into a dark age? Is it going to be, you know, are the forces of reaction going to win? Is it going to be Brave New World? Is it going to be 1984? Is it going to be something a little bit better than that? I’m willing… you know, I mean, I have children who want the world to be even, and then of course we have all of these other big issues like climate change, pollution, which are real issues, and even the financial collapse its not a real issue, it’s artificial. But pollution, climate change are, are real, and we have to figure out how we are dealing with those things.

I think that the only thing is going to help us is, again, 2 billion people connected. You take a look at the advances that we have seen in sciences in the last 10, 20 years. It’s absolutely mind-boggling. People don’t realize how much more we know with things like stem cells and the nano- bio- techno- revolution which is going on. The amount of technology that we have available within our cell phones, and everything else. Technology is actually the only thing I think that’s actually going to help us get out of this mess, if we use it appropriately and that’s in terms of better workplaces, better organizations, better ways. And that, you know, my focus being on collaboration, cooperation, better workplace, getting… harnessing the human social potential of people. Because most people want to do a good job, and they want to do good. I believe that.

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