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Denial is no longer an option

We live in a white water world. The future asks new questions, poses new challenges, and offers new opportunities. This isn’t new, but the implications are becoming more important.

Some change is unpredictable. It can be sudden and catastrophic, such as a natural disaster, power cuts, extreme financial market movements or terrorist attack, or it can be gradual and still have a profound impact, such as peak oil scenarios, climate change, spreading pandemics, or the impacts of recession.

Other change is predictable, to a greater or lesser extent, such as weather trends, demographic shifts, or changes in government or legislation.

All such change is, by definition, beyond our ability to control it. If we were a natural ecosystem we could only react, adapt and, if there’s time, survive beyond the change by evolving. But we are not a natural ecosystem. We have the ability to dream and set objectives. And we have the ability to prepare.

“If change within is slower than change without, the end is in sight.”

Preparing for and responding to change has become critical for individuals, businesses, and communities. And there is a great deal that we can do.

The significance of change is not the event or the trend; it is the effect of this event or trend on our processes, objectives and dreams. Even if we can’t avoid the change, we can still ensure our processes will survive beyond the change and that our aims and objectives remain appropriate. But only if we are fully aware of the change around us and how it could affect everything we do.

Consider the following graph:

Source: http://maps.grida.no/go/graphic/trends-in-natural-disasters

And this graph does not take into account peak oil scenarios, terrorism and other wars, infrastructure collapse, economic meltdowns, ocean salinity, and more.

We are facing an increasing rate of change and the risks are growing daily. How do you identify and monitor the changes that are important to your life, work, business or community?

Only when we are aware of the potential change around us are we able to plan the actions we will take. And once we've reached this point we will need simple adaptable plans, flexible responses, and a strong supportive community.



The BeYonder Report

An informal survey was conducted in early 2009. It asked four questions: Do the issues we face require urgent action? What are the most important issues we need need to prepare for? What actions are you already taking? and What would help you prepare for the future we face?

The results of this exercise remain relevant. To get your free copy email us.


Further reading

Change is painful, difficult, a bother and (oh, by the way) a necessity

Tuning into our times

Workforce 2020 Forces for change

378 predictions for doing business in 2010

Hatched: The Capacity for Sustainable Development from Landcare research

"Change -- fundamental change -- is our best hope on a planet suddenly and violently out of balance."



Last updated: 13-Feb-2010.  Copyright © Bevis England. All rights reserved.
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