New article of professor Milan Zelený in Human Systems Management, 2021. DOI 10.3233/HSM-209002, IOS Press

It is not difficult to observe that our world is rapidly getting out of kilter, slipping into disequilibrium, upheavals, uncertainty, human suffering and increasingly chaotic responses – thus weakening our grasp or even a vision of human, societal and individual future. Not everything can be attributed to COVID-19 – which is rapidly changing from a cause to one of the symptoms of the increasingly unhinged world.

It is an ages-tested wisdom that, in order to solve any disease, failure or difficulty, one has to identify (and understand) its causes, not simply attack, mitigate or manipulate its symptoms. We usually can observe or identify symptoms or consequences, but often fail grasping the chain of primary causes. Symptoms can cause other phenomena, but each causal chain has also its primary cause. Hereby lays our main challenge: one has to be educated and skilled in logic and rational reasoning.

Yet, the people with the most power and skills of persuasion, ambition and emotion usually have no such training, experience or intelligence – especially the party politicians (not to mention those who vote for them). For these reasons we are evoking here, for the HSM journal, the institution of the strategic revival.1

We search for the new roads towards reliable entrepreneurship and management, allowing new generations to resist and defend against the choking grip of the divisive party politics.

For this purpose, we have selected addressing 7 phenomena:

  • 1. Continued acceleration of the rate of change
  • 2. Powerful tendencies from equilibrium to disequilibrium
  • 3. Shifts from genetic to memetic forces of human evolution
  • 4. Conflicts between state-interventionism and self-organized natural response
  • 5. Misbalance between the rates of accepting the new and abandoning the old
  • 6. Conflicts rising between the man-made and naturally self-sustainable worlds
  • 7. Emerging needs for multidisciplinary education, thinking, research, and action

All of the above 7 phenomena will be dealt with throughout the text via specific applications, recommendations and examples. Only the first one (speed of change) is discussed separately now, at the beginning. It is the easiest to acknowledge and imagine, yet it is virtually ignored by science or philosophy, and its effects are fundamental and often devastating – especially if its causes are not properly understood.

The whole article of professor Milan Zelený is here.