Tuesday, 28 May 2013

In order to disrupt the status quo we must disenthrall


Disrupt or be Disrupted is an excellent blog by my friend and colleague from France David Ednie

The words disrupt and disruption are being used everywhere of late and caused my own reflections earlier this month. 

The thing is talk really is cheap.

How are you actually disrupting the status quo when same no longer serves humanity?  I agree with David that if we are not being disruptive (for good) likely we are being disrupted.

Please share your thoughts.  Sharing is caring.  The more we care the more we share.  More important than sharing however is what we do.  And particularly what we do together.

A post in a LinkedIn group by a colleague from Buy1Give1 Steve Pipe linked to this article 
It was the headline that caught my eye UNICEF: Facebook Likes Don’t Save Children.

In a world where lip service is easier than ever what we actually do becomes even more important.

A key to actually doing things that really matter is to disenthrall.

We have become enthralled, even enchanted with many things like Facebook likes, and deeper things like market capitalism, representative democracy, fundamentalist religion, just to name three of our vast number of deeply entrenched beliefs where we need to change what’s normal.

In December 1862 Abraham Lincoln gave the following advice

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present.  The occasion is piled high with difficulty.  As our case is new so we must think anew and act anew.  We must disenthrall ourselves and then we shall save our country.”

As a matter of urgency we need to heed Lincoln’s advice today in order to disrupt the status quo when same no longer serves us.  We need to think and act anew.

Be the difference you want to see in the world.
Ian

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