June 14th, 2021
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PERSONALIZATION - An overlooked megatrend?
WEBINAR this week - Open discussion. No theme.
Friday, June 18th 4PM
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The webinar last week and again this week will continue to by just a chat - an airing of whatever greives you or excites. Last week - not recorded, the webinar discussion explored activism, violence and Islamophobia; the residential school abuse revealed again; increasing social frailty; Covid constraints, mental health and youths' identity crisis. The focus on Canada's sociology emerged in response to an early concern expressed about white privilge and the nation's European heritage.
Periodically we take a sample of the BIG issues for detecting Megatrends - the threats and opportunities shaping our future. Consider:
Is there a common thread? I think there is, consider the tension is not so much on the source of tension but rather how to respond. Consider:
The impatient, social authoritarian. They want a quick fix and appeal to the highest authority - government(s) as "the fixer". They also see most problems as due to government neglect or sheer incompetence, and hold an ideology that utopia can be had if only government leaders would take action. Activism is achieved through NGOs depersonalizing the source(s). Issues are "existential". Advocates are followers.
The patient, personal rationalist. They view change as achieved through personal responsibility, and live by the golden rule of "do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Consider facts and personal experience, appealing to authority as a last resort. Action is in building a constituency of support bottom up. Suspicious of "chicken little" and academic ideologies. Advocates are independents.
The technocrat. They are supremely confident that personal and social, environment and even governance problems can be resolved through technology. AI comes immediately to mind. The technology is expressed through either of two extremes: socialization imposed through authority or personalization selected by choice. The later today has been accelerated as more and more data is available for interpreting and appealing to personal preferences. Our challenge is whether the technocrat opts for a utopian approach and aligns with authorities for top down socialization or the alternative, bottom up personalization, supporting and influencing, informed personal choice. Advocates achieve leader status through authority or achieve it as markets determine.
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