The two realities and the holistic shift
Two of the the many ideas in futurist David Houle’s Entering the Shift Age (Sourcebooks, January, 2013):
- There are really now two concurrent realities, the “real” world that we usually refer to as “real life” and a “screen reality.” This screen reality isn’t too far off of science fiction author William Gibson’s concept of cyberspace from 30 years ago – a non-place bound space where we interact with others, shop, educate, and entertain ourselves. It’s often connected to the “real” reality, but just as often operating by completely different rules.
- The coming age (Houle’s “Shift Age”) will be dominated by individuals, primarily Millenials and digital natives, who think more holistically about their role in the world and the role of business, in part because they’ll have to. We’re emerging from an era where it was permissible to think in terms of unlimited natural resources (“Come on, we’ll never really run out of oil!”) into an era where we’re becoming increasingly aware of the limits of our planet (“Global warming!”).
Enlightened self-interest will, in a sense, become much more enlightened.
How it plays out for the net neutrality fight
One place this is playing out right now is in the battle over net neutrality between [Read more…]