TQM & LOs LO11378

Manuel Manga (0007015296@mcimail.com)
Wed, 11 Dec 96 17:41 EST

Replying to LO11233

Durval Muniz de Castro wrote:
>The most significant changes in human history resulted from new
>developments in communication technology:
> When primate began to talk, humanity began,
>When man learned to write,history began,
>When Gutumberg invented the press, modern age began,
>What is beginning now?

I found this a very provocative question, it reminded me of the opening in
Peter Drucker's book The New Realities, where he claims that the future is
here already, but most people are living in the past. What is beginning
now, in my observation, and based on my readings of keen observers is the
possibility of a Global renaissance. This possibility depends on our
conscious human choice and on our design. I just finished reading
"Sinchronicity, The inner side of leadership" by Joe Jaworski. Joe has two
chapters on the future, one is the barricades picture, wherethe planet is
divided into the rich and poor, and it gets worse. The other scenario of
the future is the new possibilities, where there is a globalization of
liberation, and where business institutions play a role in creating a
better world. The concept of "Kyosi" and of truly global corporations is
explained in the book, and as it was mentioned in a posting here today.

I will also mention some other keen observers that I would recommend to
ponder this question :
Bucky Fuller, Utopia or Oblivion.
Jonas Salk, Anatomy of Reality.
Yoneji Masuda, The Information Society, as Post Industrial Society.
Fernando Flores & Terry Winograd, Understanding Computers and Cognition.

While communications technology can open new doors for communication and
global connections, there is also a need for an ontological
transformation, that reminds us human beings of our biological roots in
language and cognition.

Flores and Winograd in their book cover a wide territory from the
ontological shift to the human application of computers. Both of these
writers based some of their work on the biology of cognition by Humberto
Maturana and Francisco Varela. Interestingly also Jaworski toward the end
in his book Synchonicity, speaks about meeting Francisco Varela, and
learning more about the biology of cognition and language.

Manuel Manga


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