Of course you feel the turbulence: it's a revolution!

If I had read the Futurist Tofflers’ book (Revolutionary Wealth 2005),  I would not have felt quite so anxious in the last year or two, watching the trappings of my chosen profession disappear around me. Alvin and his wife foresaw all of this. The Industrial age is dying, the knowledge economy struggles to be born, and every social institution is affected. So why not mine? Page 8 plainly states their revolutionary truth: “The world is being transformed, dramatically and irrevocably.” And there will be upset. Such transformations can be harsh. Just ask Marie Antoinette.

A little later comes this description of what “real” (as opposed to pseudo) revolutions do: 

Real revolutions replace institutions as well as technologies. And they do more:  They break down and reorganize what social psychologists call the role structure of society… traditional roles are changing at high speed…On and off the job, the result is rising ambiguity, high uncertainty, complexity and conflict as tasks and titles are continuously renegotiated.

Yep. That about sums up where it’s at in my professional world. But once I get over my apprehension, I say, Woah.  What an opportunity I have: to be able to renegotiate my job (which is fluid now) and give new forms to a new economy. Pretty awesome, the part I get to play in this revolution. At this particular time and place,  I dig my role in the historical narrative!

One response to “Of course you feel the turbulence: it's a revolution!”

  1. Thanks, Drew. I was ready to end the day, and had to check Twitter one last time, and saw this post. So I had to see for myself (you hyperlink to most of the book) and now I am intrigued by the book and your enthusiasm and must read. Thanks for the tip. I am glad you are optimistic.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: