All at sea and the risk of clinging to rocks.

A number of thoughts and a conclusion:

1 I am currently writing an intro to a new book by Paul Miller about the changing world of work. I describe the scale of change we are likely to see over the next few decades and touch on the psychological pressure that people are beginning to feel as a result of the instability such changes bring about.

2 I have been asked by Dennis Howlett to write some articles about the problems that I already see in the large organisations that I mostly work for. The falling apart of old assumptions about what works and what doesn’t, the weakening of the machine metaphor. Focussing on the day to day realities that often contrast with the unreal world of enterprise solutions and technology hucksterism.

3 I have just been reading this post and comments from Flemming Funch on our changing financial world and the radical rethinking that is called for if we are going to fix what is currently broken.

4 Last week I had coffee with my friend Alan Wilson, The Bishop Of Buckinghamsire, and we blethered about religion, gay marriage, changes in The Church of England, and his mixed role of representing authority while at the same time helping bring about change. We touched on the perils of fundamentalism and the fact that periods of radical change see a clinging to rules, a desire for stability. It was just these sort of pressures that led to the rise of Hitler in interwar Germany. You can see similar shifts happening in various parts of Europe and indeed even closer to home.

This is why it feels so important that we get better at dealing with uncertainty, with not clinging to old rules or being too quick to invent new ones. We need to get better at using platforms like Facebook, yes Facebook, to help each other work stuff out – both our individual problems and our collective challenges. We need to “keep moving, stay in touch, and head for the high ground”. If we don’t then things could get ugly.

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