The Right Strategy for the Great Transformation21
The Great Transformation21-as I have been referring to the transition from the Old to the New World-will be larger than any other social transformation we have seen so far, as it will span the entire globe.
The more intensely I studied the effective but also explosive power of the Great Transformation and the relevant strategic solutions, the tighter became the limits of language. Describing the complexity of globally interconnected systems and finding words for the simultaneousness of their change dynamics is just as difficult a task as putting a Beethoven symphony in words. Wherever I turn there is a lack of terms to describe the new, its many forms and dimensions, and above all the enormous speed of change as well as the unknowable that comes with it.
The usual superlatives-all the "super" and "mega" terms-, even if they were not as trite as they are, would never suffice to capture the scope of the Great Transformation. Apart from that, these terms originated in the Old World, so they can hardly convey any more than the Old World's limited power of imagination. Still, occasionally I have to use these terms for lack of better ones (at least to date).
If, for instance, the new methods introduced in this book enable even the most complex decisions to be taken and implemented 100 times faster, to increase team efficiency by more than 80 times, and to find solutions based on maximum consensus in just three days where even the smallest compromise was previously blocked by social gaps, and if this power of solution has led to success in hundreds of applications, without exception-what terms could be considered adequate for such achievements, when the aim is to describe the new dimensions of effectiveness but avoid both grandiloquence and advertising slang?
Historically, previous transformation of a similar kind-in particular in technology and science-have always spawned a new language because the new could not be put in old words. In the social and political sphere, however, new terms will often gain ground when the change itself progresses, or even later than that. For instance, people in the Renaissance age did not know they were experiencing the Renaissance-a term coined as late as in the 19 th century. And it was more than 10 years after Columbus had landed in "India" (1492), in 1503, that someone else realized that a "mundus novus", something completely new, had been discovered-a fact that never occurred to the discoverer Columbus himself in his lifetime. Amerigo Vespucci had never set foot on the continent called "America"-which, however, was rightfully named after him, for he was the one who ultimately identified it.
The Revolution in the Great Transformation21
The Great Transformation from the Old to the New World will fundamentally-and almost completely-change what people do, why they do it and how they do it. It will also change who we are and what concept of the world we have.
It will revolutionize the way society and its organizations function. Functioning twice as well at half the money is just one of many challenges that most people consider impossible to solve-although its solution is already being practiced.
In just a few years' time it will be with incomprehension and pity that we think back of the sluggish political decision-making processes we have today, of coalitions getting in their own way, of corporate management bodies paralyzing themselves, of slowly moldering change processes, of lethargy and resignation in so many organizations, of monstrous mega conferences that had no impact, and of the cluelessness of global organizations.
With the challenges we are currently facing and which seem to have appeared out of the blue-such as the compl