If the global business is to find a sustainable balance it must attend to the local as well as the global. This is to see unique local cultures as the source of growth, not discrepancies that must be forced to confirm to a global ‘way of working’. A healthy local culture teaches us how to use the corporation in order to grow. It connects the history, memories and stories of the place with the changes afoot in the environment. It provides a way to make sense of them, together, a way to work out difference and garner understanding.
‘Smart City’ is the big noise. Rapid technological advancement has opened up a whole range of opportunities for city managers to increase their capacity to do what they’re paid to, manage their cities. A battery of smart sensors, vastly increased computing power, the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence and machine learning all combine to transform our cities into some wonderful utopian dream.
The Weinstein situation is enabling the development of a space in public and private arenas where it’s ok to speak out and say ‘me too’. But there’s some debate around what’s serious enough to voice and report and name. I’m growing to realise that in accepting the rights, or at best the presumed normality of the actions of these men I also choose in my attitude of acceptance to in some way make the problem mine. We need to make our society and culture a place where this behaviour is shunned rather than met with a shrug.
Change begins with actions of bravery.
Smart Cities are hailed to be the ethnographical and geographical change of current times. Promoted as the means to change not only the way our rapidly growing urban areas function, but also more importantly held to the somewhat blinding accolade as holding the means to change our lives, not just now but for the future too.
Change will happen anyway, whether we like it or not. It has the potential to make the world anew. But that it’s not the change that makes the difference, but how we explore the possibility in the pain.
The idea is increasingly being propagated that we live in a ‘post truth’ world. In truth (ha!) the stories we receive have always been partial. Sometimes our story telling is deliberately disingenuous.
Acceptance can lead us to normalise and even ignore situations and events that we should instead stand up and shout about. Acceptance removes our desire to be heard, to fight for the things we believe are right and just and moral. In acceptance we become stalled and static, frozen, unable to move, blind to possibility and the promises in the tension of change.