When founding a company, you typically start-up with a few people with each of them taking care of everything that has to be done. If the company is successful and grows, more employees come in and the structure of the company changes. It might eventually be developed to a real organization listed at a stock market. This is the conflicting story of Human Population Corp.
With organizational growth comes the need for structural change: responsibilities have to be assigned properly, hierarchies are created in order to allow for concerted management and a proper controlling of the company. In many cases, the founders will sidestep or leave the company and will be replaced by external managers experienced in running large organizations.
“Human Population Corp.” (HPC), the company founded by the first settlers, already has a very long tradition of approximately 30,000 years. Its corporate history can be described as a mixed success: , HPC is known for hugely powerful inventions, products, and services, such as electricity, all sorts of industrial machines leisure and business travel, technologies, medicine, educational programs, and more. These inventions have created massive wealth for HPC over time – quite interestingly — most of it over the course of the last 150 years. HPC’s management can afford to live a life of abundance and security, being equipped with everything they need. While this sounds like a great story, HPC’s annual financial statements reveal the company’s dark side: out of its more than 7.5 billion employees, HPC can’t pay roughly 11% of them enough salaries to only survive — around 800 million people are starving. Furthermore, HPC cannot guarantee the security of its employees: there is a constant level of violent conflicts in many of HPC’s departments that can’t be solved without employees killing themselves or being killed by HPC’s armed forces.
From time to time, these conflicts affect the complete company and lead to the closing of departments, a replacement of managers, and an overall reduction in employment. As long as there are enough profitable and secure HPC departments that guarantee the company a net profit, these problems are regarded as manageable. However, the HPC risk analysis department has been sending memos to the board showing concern about the exponentially increased dimensions of these problems in recent years. Analyses in these memos uncover not only the above-mentioned problems with employees, but HPC’s product and service offering itself is having a dramatic impact on the environment. In many of HPC’s locations, environmental, security and economic problems have been aggravating — resulting in migration of employees, new levels of violence, and significant health problems including global pandemics and bioterror attacks.
The HPC Management Challenge
HPC’s management board, which itself has comprised thousands of different members due to the long tradition of the firm, routinely meets in specifically created organizational groups, named after thematic priorities, such as World Health Organisation WHO, UNESCO — the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization., World Economic Forum WEF, or MSC — the Munich Security Conference. Sometimes, these meetings are given more obscure, intransparent names, such as G8, or Bilderberg conference. At these gatherings, HPC leaders try to agree upon the company’s strategy and discuss how to minimize the above-mentioned problems. From time to time, HPC leaders leave with the good feeling of having agreed on a new, successful strategy. However, it routinely turns out that agreements are short-lived if complied with at all.
The HPC story shows that it is completely unrealistic to assume the planet earth’s global challenges could be solved by HPC management. The people in charge call themselves top managers, or leaders, but they aren’t capable of second- or higher-order thinking. They simply can’t asses the effects of their actions. In other words: we cannot and we must not do business as usual. Time is running out. In 2020, Homo Sapiens must re-invent himself to survive. After the Cognitive Revolution, which has resulted in today’s good as well as bad outcomes, we need the Mindful Revolution — mankind needs to take the next evolutionary step to ensure its own survival.
The bad news: We need to take this step immediately — otherwise it will be too late. The good news: We can take this step ourselves, without the support of others. Additionally to our achieved intellectual level of being the most highly developed mammal, we need to connect our mastermind brains with our guts, we must synchronize our bodies and our minds. This synchronization will eventually broaden our minds and enable us to understand more of our ecosystem’s complexity.
The Story of HPC is an excerpt of The Mindful Revolution