In the last post we scratched the surface on how innovative thinking of the 60′s and 70′s is informing the current paradigm shift in business. By freeze-framing today we can see how we are synergizing tomorrow. Apparently we DID learn things.
Then: The ideologies of the 60′s and 70′s embraced commune living – collectives of like-minded people channeling their energy and applying their skills for community good. They were self-sustaining, democratic societies and our parents called them idealist.
Now: From Internet communities to retirement communities, world leadership to world trade, that same theory of collective direction is building a new business paradigm and world order.
Then: Down with materialism – ditch the suit for a caftan, up with experience, experimentation, intellect & purpose. Reject manufactured goods & embrace the handmade. Focus on acquiring less stuff to find more meaning in the intangibles. The Whole Earth Catalog & Mother Earth Rocks.
Now: Down with materialist waste, up with recycled, re-purposed goods. Thrift rules, conspicuous consumption offends, values are shifting to green living globally.
Then: Burn Your Bra – claim the right to dress as you please and reject the constraints.
Now: Mission accomplished. Business dress is shifting, casualness is the norm, Obama rolls up his sleeves, nonconformist self expression is a global style language. Fashion statements include manifesto and belief statements and cause related accessories. Acceptable dress code incorporates centuries of style. Corporations have adhered to uniforms / suits – and this is coming into question as bankers in suits in England risk public attack.
Where are you coming from and what are your observations on wisdom learned and wisdom applied to the new paradigms?
What have you learned?