The Change and Adaptation Gap

The Change and Adaptation Gap

Change is the only constant- this is a paradox that we live in. The constant is turning into variable. To keep up with change all living systems must adapt. We are in a constant wavy motion of change. I made a comment to @Sara Jacobovici In which I wrote that there is a widening gap between the rate of change and the rate of our adaptability. What would happen if the present trend of experiencing exponential changes and almost linear capacity to adapt? Sara's response encouraged me to investigate this issue further.

Technology changes are bringing about changes in our social structures, organizational structures, communication structures, habits structures and almost every facet of our lives. One change brings spillover changes. No more we teach the same way, communicate the same way and think the same way. We are facing changes coming from different directions and speeds. We are becoming like wind turbines that face varying wind directions and speeds. The centrifugal force on the spinning blades of wind turbines increases as the square of the rotation speed, which makes this structure sensitive to over speed. The power of the wind increases as the cube of the wind speed, and therefore turbines have to be built to survive much higher wind loads than those from which they can practically generate power. Is the wind of change any different? We need to extract power from changes and we need to not absorb its high loads without falling apart. This is important for our own survival.
Adaptation has many possibilities
. Gene adaptations take time and do we have the genes to cope with the windy change. Changing their morphology- that is
concerned with what a plant or animal looks like - its size, shape, color or structure- is one way of adapting to change. There is a general rule; bodies become smaller in response to general warming and larger with cooling. Plant leaves become narrower to lose less water in arid zones. Another possibility is changing behavior. We humans are generating TheΒ GreenhouseΒ Effect and making the earth warmer. To cope with these changes animals become narrower inΒ size and migrate to different places than they were accustomed to. Gene mutations are an effective way of coping with change, but it takes time.

The Change and Adaptation Gap

Are we humans giving enough breathing space to mutate our behaviors to cope with the changes that we are introducing to our environment? Can our stomach digest the changes or are we eating too fast to allow the full digestion of information? We are not chewing new changes long enough and we are not assimilating changes long enough and the result is changes indigestion problems.

Where are we going? Rapid changes and much slower adaptation shall mean that the disparity between change and adapting capacity shall increase. This shall also be accompanied by a vicious feedback- being unable to adapt shall stress us more and this lowers our capacity to meet new changes. Growing changes and reduced capacity to meet the challenges of change introduce new wind of challenges that again reduce our capacity to adapt.

Is there a place for what some people refer to as change management?


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#54
Gift to us? Yes, you are Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#49
I do all that you ASK, for nothing with you is a 'TASK.' Asking isn't tasking- what beauty this is Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD would comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#48
With all honesty my biggest reward here on beBee is first connecting with you brother Anees Zaidi.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#45
Now, I have a new suggestion for you dear Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD, which is to write on philosophy. I am very serious.Regarding your philosophical comment, in which you wrote "As we affinitize by capitulating on our ruminations, new creations and inspirations abound", I am truly amazed. I am writing a buzz on Imagination and creativity and I find this segment of your comment sending my mind into new directions

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#42
Tue what you wrote Lisa Gallagher. We need to develop the habit of accepting change

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #25

thought provoking article by Ali Anani

Lisa Gallagher

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #24

I'm always open to change. Sometimes my brain fights it and that's where I may need to be more focused when this happens.. Excellent article Ali Anani.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

"I need to unoccupy myself of change in order to notice my occupation with change"never you fail my expectations dear CityVP Manjit and I love this quote from your comment. It is a lamp on the way

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

5 years ago #22

I cannot embrace change if I do not embrace diversity first. It is not that change is the only constant but that as human beings we all change at different rates and in different ways. Once we know the relationship of change to our own way of being then we can let change be. The Arnold Schwarznegger of Change is a different proposition to the Pee-Wee Herman of Change. I need to unoccupy myself of change in order to notice my occupation with change. That is what Manjit or Many? was about, to prescribe a formula for change is to assume that our similarity as human beings is more important. I learn from differences but they are my differences processed by all the factors that make me who I am in this present given minute. A lot may happen in 60 seconds but if I observe change for 60 seconds nothing changes in that observation other than what I am occupied with in that minute.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
So, this was progress that wasn't. But we learn @Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
So, this was progress that wasn't. But we learn @Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#31
Thank you again Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD for your response to the lovely comment of @Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl reflects mine

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#30
Dear Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD- in your beautiful comment you wrote "shall write you a Buzz in reply". Youhave already done and I am proud of you and your dedication. You are a powerful heart and mind fused together

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
Dear Sara Jacobovici- you compounded my joy by elevating an already elevated levels of comments. I loved so much your statement "Dr. Ali, but I would place this within the same metaphor as the river; flow (speed) and size (its width/gap, narrower in places and wider at others) I agree and add also with the flow of the wind as it goes through wind tunnels and is affected by the topography of the time-space boundaries. SO much is left for me to think about. I wonder how many buzzes we have exchanged so far as inspired by our exchange of comments and the flow shall continue.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
Great idea dear Deb Helfrich because Sara established a hive of similar thinking. I am glad that our comments have a true impact and assist us to go with the flow

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#24
John Valledor- what a sharp comment that you wrote! I love this fact and the way you wrote it "Life rejects stasis. Very powerful and solid comment

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #14

I have been reading your Buzz and all the comments by your readers Ali Anani #25 comment, where she writes, "...embracing the flow of life, like a river...". Of course this brings to mind Heraclitus (535 BC - 475 BC) and his quote, "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." I bring this up to illustrate that this discussion has taken place for millennia and to remind us that not only is the river (time and place) never the same, but neither are we. Your emphasis on the gap is invaluable Dr. Ali, but I would place this within the same metaphor as the river; flow (speed) and size (its width/gap, narrower in places and wider at others). All elements have been part of our history of adaptation, and will continue to be so. What adds to the challenge are the stones and rocks within the river that influence the currents, speed and direction. I am embarrassed to say that I am not up to date with "change management". In a way it makes sense that this should come after "time management" is hitting a wall. I believe that just like with time, we must first understand and make sense of it before we are expected to manage it; change needs to be understood or at least provided with a good operational definition before it, too, can be managed.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
Dear Deb Helfrich- what a smashing comment. The other day I was thinking of writing a buzz on the "Comments Survivability" and how few comments have a long survival span. This comment of yours is surely one of them because you read mind intentions better than I explained them. I concur with what you wrote "organic, living systems gain from disorder - they grow stronger; while inorganic systems collapse". Yes, this is how forests regrow after devastating fires- stronger and more greenish. The complexity of change and the feedback involved requires what you wrote "there are so many systems in the body that need to cascade the changes that will occur to make a bicep stronger". Change is a LIVING BODY and is worthy of paying attention to this fact. I can't thank you enough for writing such a great comment and very soon I shall write a buzz on it. I am totally absorbed by your thinking mind dear Deb

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Steve Chapman- my dear friend you shocked me with the high quality of your comment. Saying and I quote you "Speed without direction is dangerous" and I may add to this profound reality that it could be also fatal. I love condensing great ideas in such simple format so that it may resonate with the reader for long times. Yours surely will.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
You do inspire me while I feel the wind of ideas blowing in my head from different directions Brian McKenzie. Each comment you write opens a new possibility. Your reference to the Magnus Effect is a story on its own. One thing I know for sure- like you I am "always fascinated by tilting windmills and chasing dragons". I am chasing now the dragons of ideas as inspired by you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
Yes, I fully concur with you Jim Lenihan

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
Absolutely loveable comment your is dear debasish majumder and your ideas are absorbing. The beauty of your comment is that it is so consolidated that taking a part of it is unfair. It is its wholeness that make it so impressive. Still; I dare to say I love this part and it resonates very strongly with mme ", particularly atoms and sub atomic particles, which are not visible in our naked eye. so, changes, what we may observe, are the reflections of the nature which produce an image in our brain and facilitating us to accelerate the civilization and even for serving mankind by adapting with such inevitable changes, a continuous process...". Thanks dear Debasish for this great illumination

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
Brian McKenzie- your ideas are wonderful my friend. Yes, you are spot on and we always need to understand the location and prevailing wind regime before deciding on which type of wind turbine to use. We don't change the wind regime, but we may change our approach to site selection and wind turbines selection. I may also add that that is a limiting capacity to how much energy we may extract from wind. Likewise; there is a limiting capacity to how much energy we get from information. So many ideas to think about and I love your inspirations, Brian

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
Brian McKenzie- you provoke me positively with your comment. If we plot the wind direction and speeds over time we shall see cyclical movements and even some gaps. The wind of change is similar and you inspire me with a completely new approach- change patterns and wind patterns and the commonalities between them. Yes, sometimes chang make leave negative effects- an idea that warrants further probing.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Very true what you say dear Mamen Delgado- and I may add we don't only lose our ability to change, but also the speed of adaptation slows down. We grow older not in age only, but in our rigidity and confusement. Lots to think about from your comment and I appreciate your thoughtful comment

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

This is a subtle and mind-enriching comment dear Laurent BOSCHERINI made a remarkable comment as well by referring to burying old beliefs. We need not to hold to old things when needed. Even scientific discoveries are not immune. How many times new findings revealed wrong understandings. Change brings with it new spotlights to where we need to change. WOW! as the idea of The Spotlight of Change just popped up. You make me vibrate with the music of your comment, dear Laurent

Laurent Boscherini

Laurent Boscherini

5 years ago #4

Thank you dear Ali Anani for sharing your relevant post as usual. Maybe we have to consider all is impermanent. The freedom to discover and experience is feared by many. We want to be free of our unresolved issues and our pain or discomfort but we are often afraid to part with what is familiar long enough to experience something new. All temporal things, whether material or mental, are compounded objects in a continuous change of condition.What we resist, persists. What we focus on is what we come to know and experience over and over again.It is important to develop our own life philosophy in order to find and live from a place of individual authenticity.

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #3

We'd better adapt to the changes are coming, because in 20 years this world is going to be very very different from what it is now. Every moment is different, every second. But we are born adapted to change. Children adapt so easily, but as we grow older and begin to have a sense of time and to think about possible consequences, we lose that ability. So we only have to get it back to our lives because it's been with us all the time.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
I agree dear Anees Zaidi with your comment and insights. Towards the end you wrote "will remain wide unless the change agents are ready (capacity) and are willing to adapt""...I may add also persistence for the stress of change may make people lose their appetite to adapt.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

This is a great and very insightful comment Deb Lange. There is a great deal of truth in your writing "Technology and the sharing of information across the world has increased our ability to adapt and make new changes which have consequences to other things, which then change etc so change is occurring rapidly". Information adaptation is the enzyme to help us digest change and adapt to it. There is a great thinking and you open many new opportunities not to manage change (which is not possible or practical), but rather live it with purpose. Thank you DEb for opening my mind to new possibilities.

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