“While it’s impossible to accurately predict the future, we often look back at history with an indifference that fails to recognize the randomness of events that have gotten us to where we are today.” — Steven Burns
In this short episode, I share my thoughts on how man has evolved over the past 200,000 years and then I look at the brief history of business.
I have been reading a lot of science, sociology, and history, and these subjects often lead me to thought exercises comparing how our societies, cultures, and religions have developed, and then I apply this to the state of the business world…specifically how we operate and conduct business.
My thesis is that we are off to a bad start and there’s much more evolution that needs to occur before we nail down this “business thing”.
QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY: What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.
SELECTED LINKS FROM THE EPISODE
- Being Digital by Nicholas Negroponte
IN THIS EPISODE
- Biology evolves very slowly compared to technology, governments, and all other systems that comprise our cultures.
- Why most of us are already cyborgs.
- We are now grappling with an information revolution.
- Why a Xerox innovation actually set us back decades.
- How the trajectory of mankind was changed by the availability and affordability of dirty energy combined with manufacturing.
- Why it’s necessary for all businesses to pivot towards a new age collaborative mentality and retire the old “business wars” mentality.