I’m sitting in Boston right now at the CERES conference listening to Jeremy Rifkin speak about his new book, The Third Industrial Revolution. Extremely compelling. Read it.
The 2nd Industrial Paradigm: top-down, centralized, proprietary, closed, private, elite. Fueled by hazardous, large-scale energy technologies (oil, coal, gas, uranium). A very short and dangerous civilization!
The 3rd Industrial Paradigm: lateral, distributed, open, collaborative, shared, accessible. Energy+Communication+Economy. Post-carbon. Unstoppable.
You know the difference when you see it, don’t you?
This applies to MBA education as much as anything else.
“Of course, the merchant has a role to play in society, but glorification of merchant activities tends to draw people away from a recognition of the true source of life.”
- Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution (1978)
Been musing on the notion of “the Curriculum of the West” of late (see kulturCritic) – more on this later. Fukuoka’s book, quoted above, should clearly be part of the “Management Curriculum of the West.”