Once upon a time…
Each village had the butcher, the baker and a candlestick maker.
Then supermarkets put everything under one roof to serve a collection of villages, larger towns and cities.
This led the way for retail parks where you can eat, watch a movie, try on a frock and pick up a pint of milk.
Then #Amazon digitised everything from A to Z.
And now there’s a shift.
Back to the independent. The local. The SME. The nimble.
Not only in retail, but for people and network organisations too. Commercial and non-profit.
However, progress will be slow or stop altogether if we revert back to the early days and operate in stove pipes. The risk of a revival of dangerous thinking is high. Causing us to focus on scarcity and protecting “the precious“.
Unless the advantages of a digital network to connect the individual or organisation are embraced.
And we can still operate with our own set of values and aims.
Now with consortiums working in and amongst a sharing economy.
Networks leveraging their strengths into a force multiplier.
There was always someone better than you at bulling shoes. And you could iron a razor-sharp crease better than the next person. Together, the work gets done.
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