On the Evolution of Work Systems in the Digital Economy
Evolution in the Face of Adversity
For those who have an interest in marketing, check out this post for some essential wisdom and strategies for thriving in these volatile times.
First published January 15, 2009 in Mediapost’s Search Insider
I am an unrepentant Darwinist, which probably doesn’t surprise anyone who reads my columns on a regular basis. The whole topic of evolution and emergent behaviors in complex systems constantly fascinates me. As Steven Johnson pointed out in his recent book, “Emergence,” the theme of patterns rising from complexity is ubiquitous and could well define the 21st century.
The World is a Cruel Place – Get Over It!
One of the most interesting things about evolution is that the pace of evolutionary change picks up in the face of adversity. The more hostile the environment, the faster the wheels of evolution roll and the quicker we adapt. Of course, we do so in a pretty ruthless way. The weak get culled faster. There are no consolation prizes in this lottery. Winner takes all. Richard Dawkins didn’t call genes “selfish” for…
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