Where change happens

“Individuals who get startled by the future weren’t paying attention.” – Gary Hamel

Change is the only constant. Knowing where, how and why it happens can mean the difference between being disrupted by a startup and staying relevant tomorrow.

Here are a few places where change happens:

  • The way we work.
  • The way we eat.
  • The way we move around the planet.
  • The way we build our homes.
  • The way we use and generate electricity.
  • The way we communicate.
  • The way we entertain ourselves.
  • The way we take care of our health.
  • The way we dress.
  • The way we get medically treated.
  • The way we learn.
  • The way we connect to other people.

But, still, we must remember that it’s not that hard to know what’s changing, it’s making sense of it that matters.

This is a not complete list, but I think it would be useful if we could build one. What do you think, where else does change happen?

UPDATE: Updated the list with Ralph Ohr’s suggestions in the comments.

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  • Ralph Ohr

    Hi Jorge, what comes to my mind:
    – the way we get medically treated,
    – the way we learn,
    – the way we connect to other people,
    – …
    I agree with you, providing value at places where change happens is a promising lever for innovation.

    Cheers, Ralph

    • Hi @Ralph_Ohr,

      Thanks for adding your valuable thoughts. Yes, I’ve been thinking about this taking the ‘an idea is a network’ concept and looking at it holistically through the lens of change.

      Think of these domains as a network that is connected to each other, where a change in one affects the other in some way. Ideas are embedded in these domains or spaces, and the collision between them gives way to the groundbreaking ideas. So for example ‘the way we learn’ also affects ‘the way we work’ but more interesting is how it affects ‘the way we travel’. What’s the connection there?

      Does this make sense?

      I’ll keep building on this and write something up and see what discussion it triggers.

      Thanks again 🙂

      • Ralph Ohr

        Hi Jorge,

        that absolutely makes sense. I think, the more unobvious the relation turns out to be, the higher the disruptive potential.

        Great approach!

        Cheers, Ralph

        • Thanks @Ralph_ohr, I’ll keep you posted 😉