Resisting Change – Luddites Unite!

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    1. Hi David, thanks a lot for dropping by and for the lovely comments! Much appreciated! I haven’t watched the presentation by David Wood just yet as I am running some personal errands, but will be doing so over the course of the day and may comment back on it over here as well… So thanks much for that!

      With regards to your thoughts about what do we do?, I know I may well be oversimplifying things a fair bit, but I keep saying it may well all down to education and at all levels, not just at schools, high schools or universities. And education not just necessarily from the traditional education systems point of view but from each and everyone of us educating and enabling those who may want to reach out for help and assistance. I think we need to recover that apprenticeship – master relationship as an opportunity to not just work on the present, but also prepare for the future, and for that to happen we need to shift gears in terms of how we view our education systems and the current models they use focusing on the jobs of the 19th and 20th centuries vs. the 21st and beyond.

      Yes, I know I may be oversimplifying on this initial response, but I suspect the moment we wake up to recognise the true importance and relevance of education in today’s knowledge society, the better we may be able to prepare for what’s to come, whatever that may well be … What do you think?

      PS. I will take a look into the presentation during the course of the day and let you know as well some initial thoughts… Thanks a lot, once again, for the wonderful feedback! 😀👍🏻

    2. Hi David, here I am again … heh I have now taken a look into the YouTube link and went through the presentation by David Wood and I have to tell you I have enjoyed it very much as I think he pretty much nailed plenty of the challenges we have got ahead in the following 5 to 10 years! Love the fact that he talked extensively about the whole notion behind happiness, not necessarily in the context of work, but in general and I think it can correlate pretty nicely into the whole notion of happiness at work.

      Not sure whether you may have seen this video clip, but if you haven’t, take a look into it. When you were asking about what do we do? I think we could eventually start right there as well! Looking after the well being of the employees improving their employee experience by introducing that notion of happiness at work. Take a look into the video clip and you will see what I mean…

      One great example as well that David mentions is the case of Costa Rica where the notion of happiness at work seems to have been well established to the point of influencing as well the overall engagement of the employee. David didn’t mention that specifically, but you could have a look into Gallup’s latest data available from their global research around employee engagement where back in 2013 (last data publicly available) it stated how Costa Rica itself is the most engaged country in the world, above anyone else! Perhaps we should start there as well …

      After going through David’s presentation, I think we all ought to start asking the most poignant question there seems to be out there that may be influenced by the huge impact of technology itself: what kind of humans or human beings do we want to be in the long run?.

      Fascinating topic to no end and one that’s dear to my heart, more than anything else because I keep exercising that moderate optimism anticipating things will be all right eventually in the long term, despite the temporary hiccups we may go through till we reach that point. It’s the journey that I find rather fascinating even more to the point of evaluating whether we are ready to evolve from Civilization Type 0 to Civilization Type 1. See here for more details on what I mean and let’s hope we are just getting ready for that successful transition. 😀👍🏻

    1. Hiya, Laura! My goodness! So great to hear from you!! Hope you are doing well! Many many thanks for dropping by and for the wonderful feedback! Much appreciated. I have just watched Haley’s TED Talk and I couldn’t have agreed more with your thoughts and her insights!

      They are a living proof it is possible to shift gears and get us back on track! I am so with you in your reflection about ‘technology needs to be built with the end user in mind’. I think that’s pretty much part of the problem, that it is not happening often enough. We, the end users, are always being taken for granted, because, you know, we don’t have much to say, but a lot to write (i.e. data) that tech companies are thirsty and very hungry about so they can do whatever they want with it. Asking questions first to the end users has never been part of the equation and it’s the main, fundamental problem. No wonder the rejection and reluctance are there going rather strong!

      I am so glad you have dropped by and added this comment to Haley’s inspiring and rather passionate presentation, because she is showing us that it can be done, and effectively. We just need to shift gears, change our focus from data hungry systems into people centric computing systems. In the area of the Social Web it’s a transition from using media tools into social media tools.

      Listening to Haley’s pitch one clear message comes out that I wish all of these technology companies doing media tools would focus on: look after the needs of the end users and the end users would look after you! Splendid!

      Thanks a lot, once again, for the wonderful feedback and look forward to further conversations! 😀👍🏻

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