e2 Principles – 6
They Who Stop Learning Forget What They Already Know
While it is the case that our agenda is socio-economic change and cultural progress by way of innovation, we should bare in mind that innovation itself is measured in increments, essentially small additions or amendments to the de-facto aspects already in existence, as opposed to the outright invention of something new.
This does not mean to say that an innovation need not be radical and far reaching in its impact and it is often the case that innovations have greater capacity than inventions to achieve such outcomes.
So while it may not be wholly necessary to de-construct or disrupt status-quo elements in the march towards progress it is essential that they be subject to analysis as to how they have or are failing in their intended purpose and what improvements (innovations) can be made to enhance their effectiveness.
This highlights the need for change makers to remain aware of the elements within existing protocols that are worth retaining. It may well be the case that they are applied in different ways, as components within new and different formats – innovations – but remain viable due to their inherent value.
You Are Either Getting Better Or You Are Getting Worse
Contrary to what many believe the concept of inertia is a falsehood. Nothing stands still, ever. This includes all of the activities, developments and initiatives that change makers undertake in pursuit of the social, economic and cultural upgrades we seek to introduce.
As the title of this paragraph attests our well intentioned activities are too subject to the universal law of ceaseless motion, gaining momentum or suffering attrition in accordance with it.
We should embrace this immutable law as an ever present reminder to commit and adhere to the principle of eternal learning through the seeking, retention and application of knowledge in pursuit of our change making goals.
The Only Constant In Life Is Change
Change is a constant and comes in many forms and from many directions.
Where our concerns quite rightfully lie are in the direction of how disruptive factors may prove corrosive to the treasured new paradigm we continue to create. However we need to guard against the default adoption of a stance that views any wrought by the forces of change as resulting in adverse conditions for us. How can we if indeed change forms the basis of our entire agenda?
This raises the issue of how to simultaneously guard against the disruption that follows in the wake of change and set aside measures to maximise the benefits from the renewal it confers.
The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same
If the protocols that form the foundation of your socio-economic innovation model are rooted in a deeply held set of values designed to stand the test of time, as I would sincerely advise they are, as and when upheaval occurs, root and branch overhauls of core systemic components are unlikely to feature to any great extent, though processes that ensure continual improvement are necessary to ensure both key structural and peripheral elements of the overall system remain relevant and functional.