Umair Haque on the Network Economy, as triggered by Credit Crisis 2008. In the 20th century, Innovation was about processes, products, and services: that's why most boardrooms are still investing in lower-order innovation. At the Lab, we've found that higher-order innovation - Business Model, strategic, and Management innovation - is associated with significantly more powerful and durable value creation. Think Apple (reinforcing simple product innovations, like the IPod and IPhone, with Disruptive new Value Chain designs, via ITunes and the AppStore). (more)
David Brin on Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings (and abridged Salon version). This yearning makes sense if you remember that arbitrary lords and chiefs did rule us for 99.44 percent of human existence. It's only been 200 years or so - an eye blink - that "scientific Enlightenment" began waging its rebellion against the nearly universal pattern called feudalism, a hierarchic system that ruled our ancestors in every culture that developed both metallurgy and agriculture... Only something exceptional started happening. Bit by bit, the elements began taking shape for a new social and intellectual movement, one finally capable of challenging the alliance of warrior lords, priests, bards and secretive magicians... And yet, almost from its birth, the Enlightenment Movement was confronted by an ironic counterrevolution, rejecting the very notion of progress. The Romantic Movement erupted as a rebellion against the rebellion. In fairness, it didn't start out that way... In this conflict, J.R.R. Tolkien stood firmly for the past... Try as he might, and even confronted with the blatant Romantic excesses of Nazism, Tolkien could not escape his own deep conviction that democratic enlightenment and Modernity made up the greater Evil... And remember this too: Enlightenment, Science, Democracy and Equal Opportunity are still the true rebels, reigning for just a few generations (and still imperfectly) in one or two corners of the Earth, after elite chiefs, romantic bards and magicians dominated our ancestors for maybe half a million years. Don't you think a little pride in that rebellion - a radical revolution-in-progress, still fresh and incomplete - might be called for?... You are heirs of the world's first true Civilization, arising out of the first true revolution. Take some pride in it. (more)
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