I closed my eyes and sat back in my chair, pondering the places where I would compete and the places I would easily excel. I did not know for sure, but this I did know: I would have to walk forward in it. Times like these are easily deemed “survival of the fittest.”
But in renaissance times, the times echo: “revival of the fittest.”
The concept of the Information Renaissance, as proposed by Dr. Jay E. Gillette in his essay, Leadership for the Information Renaissance: Clarity, Challenges, Opportunity, is a time of both “encouraging positives and distressing negatives” for the field of technology and its impact in the world. His ideas have been integrated and processed throughout this post.
As times change, people change alongside them. In renaissance times, a creative period often erupts to create a sense of belonging (or, a sense of not belonging, if the individual does not assimilate into the new culture.)
In a world full of “@’s and #’s”, to still believe “#” is to represent numbers- and numbers alone- is naive. Just the other day, a friend who is an elementary school teacher in Michigan told me that she wrote on the white board, “Name, #” and one of her kindergarten students responded, “I don’t have a hash tag.” In that moment, it was clear that her students had grown up in a world that recognizes signs and symbols in a way that is different than when she first began.
This breadth and depth of comprehension and competence, as stated in the essay of Dr. Gillette, addresses this issue of adaptation: be a renaissance person. Take great value in learning about the world and the way it works.
As we enter a society with emphasis in knowledge, there are great opportunities for growth- knowledge is free, and it is available in all places.
This knowledge is available in a spiderweb form throughout our world, visible and invisible, conscious and subconscious, free and paid. The variable we’ve seen develop through these networks is the field of ICT, or information and communication technology. It is the process of integrating communication with technology and creating bridges between the two in order to effectively execute and succeed during the time of the “Information Renaissance”- where ideas abound.
But as with any time of greatness, it is also bound to fail. I do believe the world moves more toward disorganization than organization; and therefore, the information renaissance will unravel at some point. This may be due to a lack in development, a security breach, or greater development or innovation than we can comprehend now- and may be something I have missed in entirety- but this I know to be true: while we are in it, let us live boldly in it, freely learning and building upon the greatness in time that has been handed to us.
There are some who have stepped into this time of renaissance, but many others who soon must follow.
The Information Renaissance time is beautiful, with many unknowns. We must learn to fill the empty spaces.