This page indexes the Top Ten Reasons Ecosystem Are The Future series for ease of reference. The series is a countdown and meant to be read in reverse numerical order (10-1).
In part 1 of this post, I introduced “our survival” as the top reason I believe ecosystems are the future. I focused on redefining community via an internet of emotions as crucial to addressing social issues that threaten our survival. However, redefining community alone won’t solve our social issues. We will need to align our priorities and utilize every cognitive and creative ability at our disposal to create solutions that enable us to endure. That is what I’ll focus on in part 2 of the post.
Over the last 10 months, I’ve counted down the reasons why I believe ecosystems are to become the dominant structure of the future. I’ve used spiral dynamics, a model for emergent human values, to make sense of the incomprehensible change occurring now and gain insight into where all of this might lead.
So, where is all of this leading? No one can know for sure. But perhaps, we can ask where all of this change could lead? Perhaps, it could lead us to a better, more mature state of being. I’ve felt for some time that ecosystems could play a crucial role in unifying our planet. Yet, I wasn’t sure just how it might play out. It took the help of an insightful honor student from Penn State University to trigger my curiosity and bring clarity to my thinking. So, this is it. The top reason I believe ecosystems are the future – Our Survival
I’m counting down the top ten reasons that ecosystems are to become the dominant structure of the future. In the previous post of this series, I presented the concept of abundance, noting that exponential technologies are enabling us to meet the world’s subsistence needs while ecosystems are emerging as alternatives to our current industries.
In this post, I will focus more specifically on how ecosystems will evolve as our values progress.
They say if you want to reach the top of a mountain, focus ten feet in front of you. And if you were to ask Bob Johansen how to reach the future, I’m sure he would advise you to focus ten years in front of you. That’s what struck me most when I recently had lunch with Bob. When the distinguished fellow and former President of the Institute for The Future was asked to describe himself, he responded that he is a ten year forecaster.
Introducing the Ecosystem Of You: a model that enables people to thrive by embedding providers into life experiences.
In The Coming Great Transition, entrepreneur and blockchain angel investor Jordan Greenhall writes that we are going through a transition from a social system that solves the problems of scarcity to one that takes on the challenge of abundance. While capitalism, which was founded on competition for scarce resources, has enabled us to achieve the greatest improvement in life conditions in history, it has also contributed greatly to such unfortunate consequences as gross inequality, starvation, over-consumption of natural resources, environmental degradation and climate change.
The Millennial generation is perhaps the most studied generation in history. According to The Millennial Generation Research Review and the U.S. Census Bureau statistics, there are over 80 million Millennials, representing the largest cohort size in US history. Reports on Millennial annual purchasing power range widely between $125 billion and $890 billion. A more consistent estimate is $200 billion of direct purchasing power and $500 billion of indirect spending, largely due to the influence on the spending of their mostly baby boomer parents. 5 Comprising nearly 75% of the workforce by 2025, the values and priorities of Millennials are crucial to any business strategist.
In his book The Purpose Economy, Aaron Hurst writes that a new economy centered on the need for individuals to find purpose in their work and lives is emerging as consumers, employers, community leaders, policy makers and employees play a role in restructuring society to meet the demands of people and the planet. He says the Purpose Economy helps explain many recent movements, which all point toward purpose as the core driver of the economy.
In his book “Drive”, Daniel Pink studied the science of motivation and found that while most businesses today incentivize employees with extrinsic motivators like rewards and bonuses, intrinsic motivators, which come from the pleasure or sense of satisfaction one gets from completing a task, are infinitely more effective in increasing the performance of cognitive activities.