Saturday, April 20, 2024

Futurist Alvin Toffler - Institutional Collapse

"Systems do change, and institutions do collapse and die, and new ones spring up. One way this happens is by internal restructuring in a coup d'etat, as the young turks take over from the old turks. Usually this is in response to great external pressures on the system. Another possibility is that outsiders simply topple the institution and create a new one.
But the most common way in which changes occur is when the old institution stays in place, and we continue to pay lip service to it, while at the same time new institutions spring up almost unnoticed and take on the real business of society. Pretty soon what you have is the shell or husk of the old institution still intact - a monarchy is a good example - while the real decisions and activities take place somewhere else."

From and interview by Charles Platt in the book "Dream Makers 2" in 1981.

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