Great advances are social

I was fascinated by this article on new research into the rise of the Mayan civilisation.  You might wonder why I post this article here and why you are reading about the birth of the Mayan civilisation.  The punchline is at the end:

“great civilizations don’t grow out of previous dominant groups like the Olmec, nor do they arise in isolation. They are the result of hybridization”

Hybridization requires the very human and social processes of conversation and exchange of knowledge to enable cultures to exchange information, ideas and technology.  

Our organisations need to be social and connected well with customers, community and the environment.  In our hyperconnected world, the pace of these interactions is increasing around us.  

If we are not engaged, we will be isolated while others advance.  That can only increase the danger of digital disruption.

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