Alvin Toffler created a bestseller in 1970 called `Future Shock’.
Toffler defined “future shock” as a psychological state of individuals and entire societies faced with “too much change in too short a period of time.”
Toffler argued that society would undergo an enormous structural change, a revolution to a “super industrial society”. This change will overwhelm people, leaving them disconnected and suffering from “shattering stress and disorientation”–future shocked.
In his `Strategies for Survival’ he provides a framework for `coping with tomorrow,’`education in the future tense,’`taming technology’ and `the strategy of social futurism.’ His framework provided some useful suggestions yet difficult in practice as it overlooked other dysfunctional imbalances in culture–“change” is only one of them.
Starting with Toffler’s `Strategies for Survival’ this presentation will focus on how the Enneagram can be used as a way to increase understand about our relationship with change both on a personal and organizational level.
Break-out sessions will allow participants to “futurize” about how to deal with societal indifference, materialism/narcissism, technology, and how to provide nurture in a spiritually impoverished society.
Finally, selected participants will present their ideas to the wider audience in a collective sharing of wisdom.
Garry Innes, B.Business, Grad Dip,Adult & Vocational Education, AIMM, Dip Enneagram Studies. Garry is a successful business entrepreneur, educator, and presenter, specializing in training young and emerging managers/entrepreneurs. He is President of the Australian Enneagram Community Ltd (formed by David Burke) and a Certified Enneagram Teacher.
2012 IEA Global Conference
Long Beach, California, USA