“Within an incredibly short time and space, the Internet is becoming dramatically mobile, social, video and artificially intelligent — encompassing everyone and everything, becoming ubiquitous as water, air or electricity. In this context, it is crucial to embrace yet to humanise and transcend technology; to hone in on what makes us truly human rather than a ‘better machine’: things such as imagination and intuition, creativity, problem-solving, complex understanding, improvisation, emotions and plasticity. We must therefore let go of the ‘machine-work’ — and most its traditional metrics, KPIs and success measurements — to truly reinvent what our jobs, work and ‘professional services’ can mean in the future.” Gerd Leonhard
Deep technologies are developing fast while our understanding of human potential is not evolving at the same pace while we race towards exponential change.
As blockchain, smart contracts, robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, FinTech, VR/AR, nanotechnology, genetic engineering and the IoT revolutionize our world, we need to revolutionize our human practices to co-evolve with the digital transformation towards a future of sustained vitality.
Legacy human resources, leadership and organizational development models and practices were created for a mechanistic, silo’d world: centralized, controlled from the top, layered with many (sometimes) conflicting and 20th century philosophies and ideas about human psychology, motivation and potential.
In the VUCA world these are frequently expensive and difficult to implement, and often require dependency on a few experts who come with industrial strengths best practice accreditations, making it almost impossible to be agile, creative, scale or change.
Merely focusing in disrupting people practices using new technology such as cognitive systems and decentralized technologies, will simply extend, accelerate and embed industrial operating systems, obsolete paradigms and extractive practices that currently harm other life forms into the future.
This will re-create the problems that brought us here- just much faster and more efficiently.
Despite the promise of singularity, it could prevent humans from realizing their potential to co-create a more positive and hope inspiring future.
We need to rewrite the technologies of human development if we want a futurre that is not just digital, but also regenerative.
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