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The way that organizations and organisms anticipate the future is by taking signals from the past, most the time.
This is actually a very important principle that science is learning about large systems like evolution and that futurists are learning about anticipating human society: just because a future scenario is plausible doesn't mean we can get there from here.
It's generally much easier to kill an organization than to change it substantially.
The great advance of personal computers was not the computing power per se but the fact that it brought it right to your face, that you had control over it, that were confronted with it and could steer it.
Each system is trying to anticipate change in the environment.
An organization's intelligence is distributed to the point of being ubiquitous.
Everything that we are making, we are making more and more complex.
Organisms by their design are not made to adapt too far.
The most certain thing you can say about the environment tomorrow is that it probably is going to be just like today, for the most part.
The most interesting thing about change in the environment is that for the most part the environment isn't changing.
The organization and the environment are in concert.
Basins of attraction, of self organization, show up as well in our complex social environment, in human organizations. Here again, while we cannot predict the result of any given input, we can say that it will likely fall within one of several areas.
But when you are embodied in a location, in a physical plant, in a set of people, and in a common history, that constrains your evolution and your ability to evolve in certain directions.
The system continually has to make this choice: it can either continue to exploit a known process and make it more productive, or it can explore a new process at the cost of being less efficient.
We tend to think of the mind of an organization residing in the CEO and the organization's top managers, perhaps with the help of outside consultants that they call in. But that is not really how an organization thinks.
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