Rethinking is the act of "thinking about something again, especially in order to make changes to it."
Why do people rethink? Something may not be working or it may no longer be relevant. It's an effort to fix what may be broken and start over.
Rethinking has appeared in the news recently across multiple market sectors:
Banking - Banks are rethinking their premium credit card offerings (Marketplace.org)
Government - New drainage realities have city and state rethinking evacuation plans (Fox 8 News)
Art - Fred Williams: abstract rethinking of timeless country (The Australian)
Compensation - Rethinking Measurement of Pay Disparity and Its Relation to Firm Performance (HBS)
Bookstores - How This College Bookstore Operator Is Rethinking Business (Barron's Next)
Architecture - Winners of 2017 "Rethinking The Future" Awards Present Radical Solutions to Present-Day Problems (ArchDaily)
Fashion and Art - With Calvin Klein’s New Sterling Ruby-Designed Store, Raf Simons Is Rethinking Fashion—and Art (artnetnews)
Why think, or rethink?
Food is being reinvented and business is exploring not only changing the way it is delivered, but also what we eat. There are questions about the safety of eating meatless burgers, meals that don't need to be refrigerated, and startups exploring 3D food printing technology. Businesses are spending money on the research and development of new ways of delivering calories that taste good, are easy to standardize, and push the edge of how we define food.
Here are recent headlines:
Why are people interested in the technology of food?
It's a matter of resources. We have a growing world population and finite areas of arable land available for food production. This represents an economic opportunity. With spikes in food demand due to humanitarian crises, weather events, or the loss of land available for farming, food security may be an issue that defines our time.
Fertile land is the most important resource for the future of food security. (The Weekly Times)
Food security an even bigger issue after grocery store closures (KEVN Black Hills Fox)
Food security has to be a Brexit priority (The Guardian)
And now the word "food" is being used in the same sentence as "blockchain":
Television is under attack again. This time not by a rogue entity or startup, but by Facebook. As an institution, television has been evolving quickly and the internet has made the largest impact. The business model for television was originally driven by providers and has been shifting to being consumer-driven. The reality is that people will watch what they want, when they want, and on a device of their choice. Simply having options in terms of media outlets and types of programming has turned people away from packaged shows or a one-way stream of information.
TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook is launching Watch as a "new home for original video content" and as a means to "boost ad revenue and give people a reason to frequently return to the News Feed for content they can’t get anywhere else."
The Washington Post describes Watch as "the social network's first attempt to showcase videos made specifically for Facebook — and change the way we watch video in the process." It added that "it's mashing up the many ways we watch and communicate around video into a way that best suits Facebook."
Perhaps the future of television is no television. Yesterday, I looked at the evolution of open offices and I wonder if television will follow the same path with a premium put on flexibility. As old models disappear or become irrelevant, new relationships will form that will fundamentally change our behavior.
With the television industry in what appears to be a state of constant fragmentation, how will the fragments reorganize into something new and what will that look like?
Here are a few thoughts:
Don’t Tell Me What Happens. I’m Recording It. (The Ringer)
Cutting the Cord (The Economist)
Predictions for the future of television (Huffington Post)
The future of TV is arriving faster than anyone predicted (Washington Post)
The general theme through out each article is more options and greater quality.
Open offices aren't for everyone. Apple has been the most recent company to have problems with this kind of office configuration: "According to John Gruber, an Apple podcaster and blogger, it has everything to do with the lack of privacy integrated into the open floor plan."
How do people feel about open offices?
Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace. (Washington Post)
9 Reasons That Open-Space Offices Are Insanely Stupid (Fast Company)
What are the pros and cons of the open office?
What are the pros and cons of an open-office floorplan? (Fortune via Quora)
Pros and Cons Of An Open Office (creator)
What are the origins of the open office environment?
The problem that most people to seem to have with open offices is noise. It affects our levels of concentration and the extent to which people are engaged in the office. I find flexible workspaces to be a big improvement on completely open office environments because it gives people options for the types of space that they would like to inhabit.
What is the future of office design?
Here are key words or considerations that I have been seeing: activity-based, employee engagement, acoustics, lighting, data-informed design, transformative space, the nature of a headquarters, catalyst and accelerant, and freedom.
I believe that additional clues for the future of workplaces can be found in our relationship with technology. The more mobile and flexible our computing devices become, the more it affects how we relate to each other and our environment. As people become more mobile, old or existing power structures dissolve, and new relationships are made.
How people choose to relate to one another will inform how our work environment will evolve over time.
The tech industry is coming to the realization that taking care of people and building a culture that sustains and develops them is a key to improving employee performance and productivity. Ignore the people that are doing work for you and they will go away.
People are talking about culture:
What does culture mean?
The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines culture as:
- The arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.
- The ideas, customs, and social behavior of a particular people or society.
- The cultivation of bacteria, tissue cells, etc. in an artificial medium containing nutrients.
- The cultivation of plants.
Additionally, the OED describes the origin of the word:
My sense is that culture is something to be nurtured, or as the OED describes, cultivated. Culture isn't something that appears spontaneously, but develops over time as people interact with each other. It also evolves as the needs of the organization change.
The future of culture depends on how people choose to interact with one another. As organizational structures flatten and traditional power structures dissolve, new forms will emerge that reflect how we connect to the people, customers, businesses, or institutions with which we relate.
How will the organizations of the present inform how our culture will evolve into the future?
The best businesses are formed out of personal experiences, according to Simon Sinek. Your experiences serve as a foundation for future growth, and your memories are like roots that can provide stability and resources.
Personal experience in business can manifest itself in different ways:
There is power in personal experiences. It can enable you to connect with others in a meaningful way and bring forth your passion. The effect is that it can contribute to building and strengthening your reputation.
How To Turn Your Life Experience Into A Business (Entrepreneurs Journey)
How to market your personal experience business (The Business Journals)
The more you connect with yourself, the more you will connect with others:
7 Reasons Why Connection With Self and Others Is So Important (Huffington Post)
How to Make a Personal Connection with Customers (Entrepreneur)
10 Ways to Deepen Your Connections With Others (The Chopra Center)
Why We Are Wired to Connect (Scientific American)
Connect to Thrive (Psychology Today)