The distinction between work and play, between formal and social is blurring. This is both a good and a bad thing.
On the down side: we run the risk of disenfranchisement and a loss of privacy.
It’s unclear who owns the rules anymore.
What else is happening?
Formal hierarchies are being subverted in all walks of life: reputation forged in social spaces subverts formal hierarchies of authority. New business models subvert long established notions of retail, communication, banking and so forth. This change means that only the agile, innovative and creative will thrive.
Is that all? No, the changes in technology and society are outstripping the pace of change in organisational structure and attitude: simply doing nothing will lead to irrelevance faster than ever before.
It’s easier to experiment, to be creative, to share and join communities than ever before.
So the picture is mixed: change and opportunity, risk and challenge. Rapidly iterating.
It requires a holistic view of change simply to keep up. Addressing one element in isolation is not enough: technology won’t save us, nor will new policies or another acquisition to make up for a lack of core innovation.
It needs a mindset for the Social Age.