February 20, 2020

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The Implicate Order for 2014: Where Responsibility Innovation Is Possible

The mantra for 2014: Be less fragmented. Be more whole.


By Carol Sanford

Meta-themes interest me. But when you call them trends, the mystery and the opportunity to innovate or lead disappears.

David Bohm, a protégé of Einstein and Krisnamurti, calls this pre-stage or the implicate order, i.e., before something is “explicate” or explicit. This is the stage of creativity and meaning.

As 2014 rolls away, here are three meta-themes that will emerge and connect, if we can seize them.

1. Chaos Is Calling Forth Order

I see an increased interest in better quality of thinking about impossible challenges. The irrationality that makes ideology king has made us aware of the need to find 2014better ideas, which requires a better thinking process. We are embracing Einstein’s caveat: “We cannot solve the problems with the same mind that created them!” We are realizing that the mind that cannot think systemically creates partial and conflicting solutions.

Where do I see this?

The drive to understand and use neuroscience is one example. No matter who I hear speaking, where or on what topic, the odds are that they will mention some new finding in neuroscience. Even when it is not a completely accurate interpretation (according to my friends who publish neuroscience research), I see it as a good sign. We want to make “sense” or reason the basis of our work. Subscribe to a few blog feeds like Neuroscience News to stay up to date on the latest or follow NeuroLeadership Institute for neuroscience's application to business.

Second, the call for new frameworks based on living systems. The new thinking beyond Biomimicry is working with living nature itself. Like packaging that is made of mycelium to replace plastic.mushroom-packaging

2. Global Transparency Is Evoking Responsibility

Edward Snowden is an extreme example, but there is almost nothing that is not easily exposed today. Everyone is a reporter on social media and a whistleblower. No company can hide even from its own employees for too long. This makes transparency ubiquitous. We now hold one another accountable— from a local restaurant to a national disaster on an oil platform.

An example is CSRwire itself, which publishes dozens of stories daily that come from people close to the stories and who consider it their business to make sure every detail is revealed. Not that they always get it right, but there literally is “nowhere to run and nowhere to hide” with the advent of social media and the blogosphere.

3. Game-Changing Entrepreneurship Is the Default

We have nothing to fear. Millennial entrepreneurs naturally incorporate a more global and universal experience in their business endeavors. They grew up knowing fully well that everything they do affects everything else—and vice versa. They are aware that any discrimination and categorization of people is artificial and reduces connections, so they are intuitively more inclusive.

Even local business conferences today have more conversations Edward-Snowden-social-mediaon responsibility. Responsibility is considered “how you do everything,” not a subset of business pursuits through special products or initiatives.

For example, traditionally those who focused on social innovation competed in social innovation competitions. Now, two out of the three winners of the EY Entrepreneur award mention their social contribution as a part of a mainstream pitch. And, the challengers are taking on much bigger domains.

The Responsible Entrepreneur Institute is posting interviews of such Game Changing Entrepreneurs. [Sign up to be notified of new stories.] Take the quiz on “what archetypes are you using?” while you are there.

Each of these emerging orders is a place to pursue. Where can you bring order out of chaos by developing better thinking skills? Where can transparency become a conversation that keeps your business on its toes – tell more to understand more? Finally, how might you embrace the millennial's impatience with things that do not matter and work on bigger challenges at the same time you innovate?

The mantra for 2014: Be less fragmented. Be more whole.

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