Change is constant throughout time, but conditions for accelerating change are becoming more evident and tangible in all areas of life. The world is far more accessible than ever, it is a click away. Interconnectivity is made easy in many formats and people are able to download, upload and stream all kinds of information and data. Artificial Intelligence is providing a new reality and change is even more rapid than we can even fathom. Change has now three dimensions:
The Three Dimensions of Change
Perpetual – ongoing and continuous, for example new opportunities to learn.
Pervasive – present in many areas of our life, for example our world adapting to COVID19.
Exponential – increasing in dimension and at a rapid rate, for example the detail and comprehensiveness of 3D shapes.
The first two dimensions are well known, the third dimension (3D) is the most transformative and the one that needs the most adapting to.
Adjustments affect all and everything; adults, children and our environment. The dynamic complexity of today’s life cannot be compared to the linear manner with which we have managed change in the past. Dealing with change leaves a sense of confusion, vulnerability and frustration, generally at a time when our best and most acute abilities are required.
How we think
How we think contributes the biggest difference to our management and wellbeing through inevitable future changes. Our skills will complement the established paradigm. However our thinking as individuals and as a collective will provide the best solutions of navigating speedy changes.
Teaching our children to be flexible and to allow others to help us find answers is key. This shows them that sharing brings about connections and trust and allows children to expose ideas – no matter how crazy they appear; all qualities to build a positive and capable human being.
The future is exciting and the preparation we can make is by skilling the adults of tomorrow to embrace change.
Welcome to 2021!