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We’re all Minorities Now - Time for A Change in Thinking

We’re all Minorities Now - Time for A Change in Thinking | Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions | Scoop.it

This thought-provoking, timely piece was written by one of my favorite people, Aaron Biebert on 8pmwarrior. Bravo, well put!


This is a must read as we usher in 2012


Here's an excerpt and what caught my attention:


The world has come to our backyard and now our race, political affiliation, language, religion, and fashion actually put us in the minority. Are you ready?


**When we swim down the stream from our little pond to the big ocean, we find out the truth. Our traditional majorities are not only meaningless,


**but they might cause us to lean on the wrong strength for a globalized world.


****Most people on Earth don’t speak a certain way, have a certain look, believe a certain thing, or act a certain way. Not even close. Anyone living in a majority mindset is living in a fantasy land as the world gets more connected.


**We won’t be able to ignore it.


**The big world out there is full of our future clients, doctors, suppliers, friends, and business partners.

So now what?


****Leaders need to change their understanding of strength and seek out opportunities to collaborate with others.


****We need more partners. We need to build more coalitions and seek more consensus when making decisions. Common ground will be more valuable than higher ground.


****The pride in any “majority” must be replaced with a newfound sense of wonder, awareness, and appreciation for others who are different.


**It’s time to focus on common ground and common problems.


Selected by Jan Gordon "Exploring Change Through Ongoing Conversations"


Read full article: [http://8pmwarrior.com/2011/12/were-all-minorities-now/]

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Aaron Biebert's comment, December 12, 2011 8:26 PM
Thanks Jan. This means so much to me. This was not a popular post. Many private comments...
janlgordon's comment, December 12, 2011 9:47 PM
@Aaron Biebert

My pleasure Aaron - I'm happy to stand beside you, it was very courageous to write this and I support you all the way:-)
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Cities Are Immortal; Companies Die

Fascinating post by John Hagel from Silicon Valley @jhagel! Great insights, food for thought...........

 

Here's an excerpt:

 

All companies die. All cities are nearly immortal.

Both are type of networks, with different destinies. There are two basic network forms: organisms or ecosystems. Companies are like organisms, while cities are like ecosystems.

 

All organisms (and companies) have share many universal laws of growth. Creatures age in the same way, whether they are small animals, large mammals, starfish, bacteria, and even cells. They share similar metabolic rates. Similar distributions. All ecosystems (and cities) also share universal laws. They evolve and scale in a similar fashion among themselves — whether they are forests, meadows, coral reefs, or grasslands, or villages.

 

Geoff West from the Santa Fe Institute has piles of data to prove these universal and predictive laws of life. For instance, organisms scale in a 3/4 law. For every doubling in size, they increase in other factors by less than one, or .75. The bigger the organism, the slower it goes. Both elephants and mice have the same number of heartbeats per lifespan, but he elephant beats slower.

 

Ecosystems and cities, on the other hand, scale by greater than one, or 1.15. Every year cities increase in wealth, crime, traffic, patents, pollution, disease, infrastructure, and per capita by 15%. The bigger the city, the faster it goes.

A less than one rate of exponential growth inevitably leads to an s-curve of stagnation. All organisms and companies eventually stagnate and die. A greater than one rate of exponential leads to a hockey stick upshot of seemingly unlimited growth. All cities keep growing. As West remarked: We can drop an atom bomb on a city and 30 years later it will be thriving.

 

http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2011/07/cities_are_immo.php

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