crowd wisdom needs a new paradigm:: five characteristics of Paradigms

Uncertainty is apparent in every domain…because the realisation, that is gradually seeping into our consciousness, is that much of what we thought we knew…WE DON’T!

Clinging to “the past”, in the form of something that appears “familiar” or that has previously delivered a satisfactory outcome MAY feel like the right thing to do. But, if relying upon homogeneity is the preferred course isn’t that the equivalent of avoiding critical decisions and, merely, adding to uncertainty!?

… paradigms have five important characteristics and implications:

First, in periods of uncertainty, we search for a suitable paradigm that will satisfactorily mitigate the uncertainty (i.e., provide some certainty) and latch onto that paradigm as soon as it is discovered.

Second, because uncertainty leads to unpredictability, we are driven to locate a paradigm that can solve the problem.

Third, precedents or past actions or beliefs focus our attention toward certain solutions, which means we neglect perfectly acceptable paradigms. In organizations, one readily available source of information is to observe how others have dealt with the same issue.

Fourth, when we are uncertain, we imitate others as long as we find ourselves in a homogenous group or believe the other individual has an adequate paradigm to adopt.

Fifth, as long as the chosen paradigm is logically optimal, we continue pursuing a course of action that might be seriously flawed. Why would we pick a solution or course of action that was not the best? Human nature requires us to make some decision when faced with uncertainty. Therefore, an answer that allows us to take some action appears more desirable than inaction.

Underlying our choice of paradigm is our need to make a decision to allow us to continue to function.


Interdependence (updated from July 2009)

A segment of a social network

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It isn’t a sudden realisation that INSTITUTIONS are too interested in self preservation built upon structuring win/lose contracts. But it has become even more apparent as a result of relentless pursuit of the truth behind stories of abandonment of ethics within banks, other institutions and politics.

ME formula: mine – “self serving”


Historical (blind) faith in institutions, even pre-credit crunch, was being questioned and eroded. In current climate the exposure of institutional and political greed has only served to accelerate the process.

Independence in business is, to a fair extent, a falsehood! Every business needs customers. Business needs to SELL their products and services.

Quantity model

Customer silos


New formula, which is hybrid of “People – Planet – Profit” philosophy, has been aided or underpinned by web 2.0 capabilities that facilitate collaborations and innovation. Mass inclusion and contribution drives creation of win/win contracts and, with inclusion of social/community/planet considerations – win/win/win contracts. Read more of this post