As each day goes by, the shift in human interaction is becoming more and more apparent. Taking and uploading photographs of our meals is now the social norm, and those who aren’t active users of social media are often ostracized for being “out-of-the-loop” as they miss a significant amount of information between their friends.
Technology has become the new portal of communication. The evolution of human interaction has been reduced to digital communication. That is where we begin to ask ourselves: are we really connected to one another when we are glued to our smartphones instead of actually being physically present in a conversation?
All of these man-made forces that arguably make our lives easier are also the root cause of the destruction of our social systems.
In businesses, the way we communicate is important. Organizations who want to succeed need to start transforming their business in these changing times.
Matthew Taylor, the Director of the Royal Society of Arts says,” In order to live differently, we must think differently, and this relates to the way that we see ourselves in the world.”
As we begin to see the concern in today’s time, we need to veer away from the negative effects of technology and go back to the roots of nature. We need to understand the relationship we have with nature in order to transform our businesses.
Think of it this way: for organizations to be effective, they should operate within a community. Parallel to the ecosystem in nature, being interconnected is just as important in an organization. Everybody plays a vital role. Just like in nature, businesses should:
● Be able to provide insight – to drive transformation through values-led leadership and leveraging on education and innovation.
● Be emergent and interconnected – to promote an open and transparent communication across the business ecosystem, and to share common values that make way for connections and mutualism.
● Be resourceful and not wasteful – to take advantage of social networks and open source collaboration platforms.
● Be adaptable and therefore be resilient – to think of new ways to operate in which people can attain inspiration from the ways of nature.
These basic principles echo the law of nature. It reminds us that, though times have changed, our ways are still connected to nature and are still subject to its law. We must take advantage of the wisdom of nature in order to transform our businesses and adopt the language that will re-establish our relationship with our environment.