Today, while making the most of the beautiful weather I was – and it shouldn’t come as a surprise – contemplating about the very strange and confining situation we’re living in. At the same time I was thinking of the sense this all had in a larger perspective of the concept I’m so much drawn to “evolving on purpose”, when a thought arose. I wondered if other people had written or thought about the idea of “evolving on purpose.” If yes, I wanted to how they saw this concept. So, as you do, I grabbed my phone and did a quick search on Google and to my delight… I did find an article. At first search only one but hey, that was great at least someone did.
Without paying attention to what was written under the header I opened the link and started to laugh. The only article that came up was… my own written in 2018. Oh my… yes… eh, what can I say.
I had apparently published an article with the title “Evolving on Purpose – How to navigate the challenges ahead and thrive” on the Thrive Global platform. Google’s allegorythm, smart as it is, had off-course put it on top of the search results. I however had completely forgotten that I had published this, and several other articles, on this very informative online platform set up by Ariana Huffington.
As I couldn’t remember what I had written I thus started to read my own article. Very interesting I must say (check it out 😉 below), but while reading it I’m shaking my head. I’m shaking my head as I’m putting it in the context of today where the world has changed faster than I ever could have imagined and not due to technology but a virus. That scenario, and although experts have seen it coming, I had never imagined it could happen in my lifetime.
How naive was I. I know, it is not only naiveté that is at cause of this “It only happens to others” or “not in my time” delusion. I will dedicate a whole chapter about what other contributing factors there are in due time (meanwhile here is an article worth reading on other causes “The perils of short-termism: Civilisation’s greatest threat“).
Anyway, today we can still expect that technology will change our world with unseen speed, scope and complexity… but we know it is not the only contributor of change. The future or I should say futures – in plural as dear futurist Maya van Leemput keeps reminding me I should say or write – has become a little bit more complicated.
But I believe that the quest at the end (of the article) is still the same…
Up to you to go and discover it and tell me what you think in the comment box here below.
We’re living in a fast-changing world and there are many voices of how fast it will change. Some experts like Futurist Gerd Leonhard predict that over the next 20 years we’ll see more changes than in the last 300 years.
I think he might be right. Just look at all the changes we’ve gone through since the first iPhone came out in 2007. Unlike previous major world-changing events in our evolution like the industrial revolutions where we competed from a physical perspective with machines today’s revolution is not only physical but also challenges our intelligence with a singularity – a time where artificial intelligence will qualitatively, far surpass all human intelligence – predicted by 2045.