The Critical Path #176 The Over-Under Service Dichotomy

Horace talks about developments in Disruption theory. A fairly long and deep discourse on the state-of-the-art in innovation theory development.

Source: The Critical Path #176

  • stefnagel

    Thanks for all your work defining the term disruption. We all get lost with definitions that are too broad.

    Electricity, autos, computers—the biggest business so called disruptions were in fact social eruptions. They weren’t planned or pretty. And they were existential and ethical upheavals and not simply mercantile. We used to call them revolutions. Today I’d called it punctuated evolution—moments in human evolution that involve big change.

    Bringing light to a world lit only by fire, demolishing medieval shackling to the land, abating ignorance with immediate access to verifiable information—these are responses to moral and human cries, not business ventures.

    Certainly they are big business: The great entrepreneurs—Edison, Ford, Jobs—all worked out of one creedal statement: Find a way to sell the best new tech to the rest at a profit. Their genius was to throw a saddle on a revolution and ride it to market.

    If there is another next big thing … defined as a big business thing … it will be grounded in the great instrumental values like justice, freedom, nonviolence, and equality. (We forget that the Constitution was a huge software hit—long before Super Mario.) And again, these are moments in evolutionary change, convergences.

    All of which is say that we will know the name of the next technical revolution long before we frame or claim it. Or make a buck off it.

  • mithlond

    Finally had a chance to listen to this episode. Out of the nearly 200 so far, it’s easily in the top 5. I’m very interested to read your findings when they are ready for publication. It sounded like you thought you had a gold nugget which turned out to be a vein.

    Perhaps the most interesting thing for me is to see what prescriptive guides are discovered (or existing ones refined/clarified) as a result of these observations. (Well, that and the testing of them.) Very exciting.