There is a Polish saying:
“Historia Kołem się Toczy.”
So, let’s go for a journey back through human history.
Are you ready? Let’s start the journey.
Stone Age (c. 2.5 million years ago – 3300 Before Common Era)
According to archaeological findings, climate change contributed to mass migration and brought an end to this era.
Bronze and Iron Age (c. 3300 – 700BCE)
Classical Antiquity 600BCE – 500CE
Middle Ages is used to describe time between the fall of Rome and the beginning of the Renaissance.
Modern Period 1250-2010CE
The heavy machinery has been automated and for the first time since the Stone Age, physical strength is not required as frequently as in the past to operate.
And … in a nutshell, this is where we are today.
Are you still rolling your eyes questioning the relevance of the Stone Age to today’s circumstances? All right then, let me show you the trend.
We transformed our lives from being hunter-gathers to settlers and … started working from home. Is that not where we are today?
Some would argue that hunter-gatherers traded their lifestyles for the unknown. Is this not similar to questions we have been asking today – what will our world post COVID-19 look like?
Light weight tools used in the Stone Age did not discriminate our capabilities. These tools promoted diversity and equality, encouraging collaboration to solve problems. Is this not what today’s automation and Internet of Things (IoT) could be here to do?
Finally, last on the list are the Stone Age self-sufficient communities.
You may question if this one is applicable in the era of successful globalisation, pursuit of low prices and shareholders’ satisfaction?
If I told you last year, that we are in for a long-term supply chain disruption, threatening our lives, what would you say? I guess the majority of you would laugh at me…I would probably laugh too.
Today, no one is laughing as the micro-body (COVID-19) has shown the sheer power of nature and our insignificant place in the ecosystem.
Today it may be viral infection; tomorrow something else – who knows? This is the law of nature, outside our control.
The bottom line is – we thought we knew it all, that we are the masters of the Universe. Today we know that we don’t know and not even our sophisticated algorithms could prepare us for what may come next.
Have we made a full circle around the wheel of humankind history? Perhaps.
Inevitably at this point a question arises – where do we go from here and who will lead us?
Throughout this article, you were tracking what was unique to each era.
What’s so unique today? Is it another global pandemic or other environmental challenge?
Not really – we have lived through these before.
Today, society has changed – we have changed:
– questioning the old values, systems and stories propelling inequality, injustice and division
– acknowledging but don’t accepting the bias in the governing process passed from generation to generation for the last 2000 years
– as self-thinkers we want to build sustainable future based on purpose and new age leadership, not process and blind obedience.
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