Bored with change? Experience story

Johnnie Moore posts a thoughtful piece, linking to an article, The Fetish of Change, that challenges the notion that we live in times of unprecedented change.

Challenging change might appear as useful as challenging the direction of the wind, but to the extent that organizations turn to consultants and leadership gurus to make sense of change, perhaps it can be a useful questioning of organizational practice.

Like the notion of time, we experience change; but unlike time, it passes unrecorded. And off the top of my head, I can't think of another idea that is experienced by so many people, yet remains inaccessible to understanding.

I wonder, however, if instead of change the real subject isn't boredom.

Phenomenology, the philosophy of experience, might be helpful. The central structure of experience is intentionality, of being directed towards something. Intentionality is critical to the meaning-making enterprise. Perhaps the prevailing idea of change simply robs us of intentionality, leaving us on the outside looking in. As Johnnie suggests, building a believable narrative is an effective anti-dote to disinterest. I might or might not believe in change, but story - well that's another matter.

Wayne

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