Key drivers of change

Having all this info about the future of social media is great – I get to slice and dice it in multiple ways. Going back to the idea of there being three different types of driver – predetermined, uncertain and wildcard – I’ve split everything into those three types, and then tried to see which are the most relevant when it comes to the development of social technology and how third sector organisations might use it.

Below is my list. What do you think?

Predetermined
Increase in number of interpersonal connections.
Ubiquity of technology and connectivity.
Social software moves into the mainstream.
Increase in surveillance, by government and citizens alike.
Self-organisation.
Ageing population.
Decrease in trust of authority figures.
Green issues become more important.
Cuts in public services spending and access.

Uncertain changes
Split between inwards-looking individualism and outwards-looking collectivism.
Experimentation and failure becomes more acceptable.
Wide availability of information leads to either overload or smart/group filters.
Consolidation of the media; rise of community-sourced news.
Over-regulation of the internet stifles growth.
Multiculturalism leads to either tolerance or increased conflict.
Flexible, portfolio careers becomes more common.
Businesses engage in more “co-opetition”.
Self-organisation leads to greater political engagement, or loss of trust in politicians leads to apathy.
‘Web of things’ leads to realtime monitoring of inanimate objects.

Wildcards
Massive population change, either increase or decrease.
Fragmentation of large political entities, increased localism.
Resources shock as peak oil, water and food passed.
Huge increase in war, insurgencies, and social unrest.
Change in value system from GPD to happiness index.
The Singularity: Advances in biotech, nanotech and genetic engineering usher in the post-human age.
Pestilence and global pandemic.

Same drivers, except Wildcards, but organised by topic
Politics/Authority
Increase in surveillance, by government and citizens alike.
Decrease in trust of authority figures.
Cuts in public services spending and access.
Consolidation of the media; rise of community-sourced news.
Over-regulation of the internet stifles growth.
Self-organisation leads to greater political engagement, or loss of trust in politicians leads to apathy.

Society/Culture
Ageing population.
Multiculturalism leads to either tolerance or increased conflict.
Self-organisation.
Split between inwards-looking individualism and outwards-looking collectivism.

Personal
Increase in number of interpersonal connections.
Green issues become more important.

Technology
Ubiquity of technology and connectivity.
Social software moves into the mainstream.
Wide availability of information leads to either overload or smart/group filters.
‘Web of things’ leads to realtime monitoring of inanimate objects.

Business
Experimentation and failure becomes more acceptable.
Flexible, portfolio careers becomes more common.
Businesses engage in more “co-opetition”.

2 thoughts on “Key drivers of change

  1. HI

    I am doing a project and have to identify potential drivers for change in the workplace – both external and internal. Could you help me please?

  2. External and internal can still be a wide consideration regarding needed change. You might wish to know whether it is personal or organizational changes that are occuring in a work place.

    Internal change on a personal level, can be affected by relationships, having a new boss, promotion, demotion – among many others these are changes affecting a individuals.
    Inetrnal change on an oranizational level be affected by a change in organizational procedures, policies or entrance of new staff that introduce new skills, knowledge, vision of commitment. There are multifarious little drivers change. The onus is on your workplace to consult and identify the forces that affect the way you work or percieve your work in the workplace. It would be an exciting undertaking if people discovered honestly what really affects them or force them to make new decisions into moving away from an old habit, systems, practices. This I believe is unique to organizations that place more emphasise on some factors over the others.

    External drivers are derived from changes in environment: Change in government either through a democratic election or coup. For the public sector, new civil reform is a holistic factor from the outset demanding that goivernment agencies undergo change through set critieria of selection into the workforce or compulsory training and education to build capacity of workers. The impact of various new learning and experience can decide personal or management decision to change for the better and adopt new ideas that are releavnt for the improved performance of workers and ultimately to the delight of customers. Cheers!!

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