Designing The 21st Century Enterprise


Geopolitical, Economy & Ecology: Tactics

"Bionomics provides the best starting point for a new way of thinking about the human economy. Cutting through the mind boggling complexity of the ecosystem, the bionomic perspective illuminates the interplay of forces that maintain stability . . . Over time, organizational learning expands the stockpile of technology, reduces real costs, and raises living standards. In a world of fixed resources, learning allows the economic pie to keep growing. Economic growth is limited only by human creativity."
BIONOMICS; Michael Rothschild, 1988

How do our assumptions of resource "scarcity" effect our organizational practices? As a "learning organization" how will the enterprise of the 21st century create economic growth from a limited pool resources?

"The search is for systems that express the idea that wealth is created at every level of the organization and that we should pay people as much as possible rather than as little as possible."
STEWARDSHIP; Peter Block, 1993

Your response

Do you believe most people are capable of establishing thier own reward systems?

In the industrial sector America has just seen the tip of the iceberg of the corporations that have loaded up with too much debt and gone broke because of the merger and takeover wars. Airlines and large retailing firms lead the parade into bankruptcy, but there is a lot of the parade yet to come. . . Unfettered Anglo-Saxon capitalism is finding it difficult to cope with the present and may not be the unstoppable wave of the future the pundits on the political right like to extol."
HEAD TO HEAD: The Coming Economic Battle Among Japan, Europe, and America; Lester Thurow, 1992

Your response

Is it possible to "fix" our economic systems without massive layoffs?

"But the population explosion will have a surprising effect on the number of people at risk. Roger Bilham, a geologist at the University of Colorado, has noted that by the year 2000, one hundred cities will have populations exceeding two million, and by pure chance, almost half these cities are located in places where the shifting plates of the lithosphere create earthquake hazard zones. 'It appears,' Bilham warned in 1988, 'that within twelve years 290 million 'supercity' dwellers, 80 percent of them living in developing nations, will live in a region of seismic risk.' In fact, so many of us are clustering along the planet's fault lines that the number of people in danger of dying in an earthquake will have doubled by the year 2035."
THE NEXT ONE HUNDRED YEARS; Jonathan Weiner, 1990

Your response

Business and community re-location around environmentally safe spots will become a major focus in the first quarter of the 21sc century . . .

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