When social media and advanced technology (going to space is high on the advanced list) come together we have Space Fast Change Around Us. Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut, has created a video series to help answer all those living in space questions. I am not one to go to videos (I would rather search text and picture based- videos seem too slow and are too time consuming). But…
This series makes me understand how people can get completely absorbed in videos and burn an incredible amount of time. We have permission for this series though because we are learning right?
We all need to know how to:
Brush our teeth in space
Sleep in space
Wash our hands in space
Cook spinach in space (to have Popeye energy for all those spacewalks)
Make a peanut butter & honey sandwich in space
Because I know you are curious: How to use the toilet in space
This is Fast Change Around Us: the ability to look at a long list of videos of people living in space. What’s next, virtually accompanying a group of astronauts on a Martian picnic?
My favorite company on the planet (just ahead of iRobot) announced its plans for a nationwide (US) network of charging stations that Tesla owners can use… FOR FREE! That is Fast Change we can all grab on to.
I love to use visuals with my change engagements, especially when the change has some element of building over time. Maybe multiple pilots spread throughout the world, or a picture of behaviors that build on each other- anything to show the picture of this change building momentum.
As a stakeholder (I am saving my pennies for a Tesla- and I don’t even like cars, I have the SUV) watching this map get filled in is going to be thrilling:
If I had that Tesla I could drive to Los Angeles for FREE!
Coming out of the grocery store the other day a Tesla pulled out of a parking spot and rolled by with that soon to be telltale sound of four tires rolling on the ground, and nothing more. I know there are other hybrids out there that are just as quiet, but somehow the Tesla is different. The Tesla is sleek, the Tesla is blazing fast and the Tesla is completely electric (not just electric when it decides to be).
As a side note: there is a movement to add sound to electric cars to make them safer for pedestrians. Please no! Can you imagine what it would be like if the majority of the cars out there were silent electric? Can’t we just teach behavior change to pedestrians as part of this engagement?
Drive from the San Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles for free with a Tesla. I am off to surf and see how much “free” costs now.
“Things Come Apart” is work by Todd McLellan.
There are so many things about this art I like, because of the tie I see to my end state focus for change.
For this particular example (go to the link and see the others, fascinating) imagine a tool powerful enough to cut down large trees. Or start higher and imagine clearing an area within a grove of trees for some other purpose). What could that tool do? How would it benefit you or others? Would it provide function? Purpose? Be something you could show off to others? Function, Form and Emotion.
Now work backwards. You have the task of designing this tool down to the last part. You may also have the task of describing the environment it will be used in and why.
I can imagine you would think this has to have a blade (the bigger the tree the longer the blade- see in our first step we have already added flexibility. If you just started to design this tool without working backwards you might have to redesign many of the individual parts). It has to have a motor. It has to have some safety components (yikes- if it can cut a tree…well). Maybe it will need a splash of color for emotional appeal or attachment.
Your walk backwards might just create the parts and pieces we have in our picture.
In this case, if you are mechanically inclined or just imaginative, you can probably put the parts together in your mind. You can go from the whole (end state) of cutting down a tree or clearing a spot, to the gear in the bottom right corner that obviously turns something- likely the chain that makes this cutting all happen.
Maybe it is a change management thing, but I can look at all of Todd McClellan’s artwork and in my mind put together and take apart. Just like I do on client initiatives for tools, process and behaviors.
A couple of my engagements locally have allowed me to bike or jog to and from work.
Most of my clients have showers or gyms on site or close by so this is an easy way to squeeze in the workout that always gets missed.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area so sticking to this gives me some eco-bragging rights.
A possible new location for a client site sent me to Google. I figured it was too far away to run every day, but might be perfect for biking.
I chose bike as the mode of transit and Google gave me the coolest map I have seen in a long time:
Not only do I now know how to ride the 12.2 miles to the client site, but I have a map of EVERY bike trail in a 15 mile circle (or bigger with one click of that minus sign). This is totally cool fast change around us.
This search was meant to be a “road bike to work” query.
Now I see a Mountain Bike is in order!
All the green surrounding the bike trails is hills, grass, OPEN SPACE. Hills mean views. Strategic thinkers LOVE to be on top of hill- above it all!
Mapping all the bike trails in your neighborhood Fast Change Around Us is instantly usable, functional and by the looks of the map I got, even artistic.
Our house, which we bought 5 years into a remodel, is now 10+ years into that remodel.
As we contemplate and save for the next round of improvements the first version begins to fall apart. The latest is our blinds. We have those cool wood slats that can go up or down. Whether up or down depends on how much you want to hide or whether you want the sun to blaze in. Because of the placement of our home (north south) and lots of trees we can regulate temperature with the blinds and the windows.
One by one those “cool” blind cords have snapped, resulting in a heavy unusable pile of used-to-be-cool wooden slats. Cords on blinds are really a pain. What if someone invented a way to eliminate the cord?
So I got to thinking… (knowing in this Fast Change world this is probably already possible), “What if the blinds could just be on switches?”. Even better, “What if the blinds AND the windows were on switches”. Of course anything on a switch can now be completely automated with a computer. When did THAT fast change happen?
Sure enough you can have your blinds motorized.
Not cheap though.
Battery operated is your cheapest option (maybe, I would think the cost of batteries would add up. They, of course, say don’t use rechargeable ones). We have at least 30 windows in our house. The “simple” process of replacing the batteries once a year (the range is 9 months to 5 years, we have big windows, which means once a year would not work since some will last 9 months and some much longer) is not really fast change (incrementally fast maybe). Something about that process does not seem like Fast Change (I know goofy pun).
I used to love watching “Tim the tool man” on “Home Improvement” . If it can have a motor and a switch I want it.
… all hooked up to INSTEON switches so I can program a magical dance of opening and closing shades.
In the summer I open the windows wide at night. At the point where the temperature outside and inside equalizes I close all those windows. In the winter it is day open night close. We save a lot on our utility bill with this. We have had summers where we make it well into July before the air conditioner comes on. We have had winters where the heater stays dormant until Christmas.
I love thinking of fast change…
What if the windows automatically opened or closed with the same decision points I use? At the moment in time where the temperature equalized they would do their thing- automatically. I don’t have to tell you this is entirely possible now. A few INSTEON switches, some really expensive windows and a temperature sensor and you are good to go.
Think of how funny it will be the first couple of time the windows move. It will scare the you know what out of the family!
I looked up the cost. It is indeed scary.
I want everything around me to turn on, turn off, open and close automatically. Windows would be awesome. Fast Change has made this possible.
As an intermediate school kid I wrote a science fiction story about a world where humans were able to generate electricity through walking on special floors and exercise on machines that stored the power (treadmills, rowing machines etc.). A totally whimsical made up idea. Today I thought, “could this be possible”? Expecting some long physics explanations about how this is not possible (which I found) I got a gem, for different reasons than you may think.
The power of footfalls.
First, good for Elizabeth for taking a scientific shot at this. Second, (go to the link) why are people so cranky? Read the comments. Either a lot of snooty scientists or people who like to shoot down ideas. Scientists out there give us some examples of things that overturned the physics of their time…
I made the mistake of looking at the dates of the comments. 2008. So the idea died (right after that 7th grader wrote it down?).
Aha! Good for Google (and shame on you nasty comment people from the past). It actually happened. Fast Change Around Us footwork!
This could have been a Wednesday Wonderfully Disillusioned post heavy on the wonderful.
The second half of my mini 7th grade book was a world where people were hired to create energy for others. They were the modern Greek athletes toned and leaned to perfection. The more efficient their bodies were the more money they made and the more famous they got. Hey I was a 7th grade boy it was a fun end state!
Fast Change Around Us naysayers beware. You might just be proven wrong and petty in your stubbornness. Foot power is a good example.
What we really needed to happen with all this technology and easy data storage was a way to monitor everything we do.
Who wants to have to wait until they wake up normally?
Who wants to be caught dead waking up at the wrong time un-rested?
Who wants to pay attention to when to take a nap (stop snickering you know you wish you had nap time)?
Think how impossible it would be to count every one of the steps you take each day.
All this is essential information to living a healthy lifestyle, right?
Stop with the, “you could just eat less, exercise more and go to bed at the same time each day”. Be real.
We need something that can make us do that. (It really will never work to have a gadget that does that FOR us…).
I have been waiting for a little change in my life.
To me an Apple is something I eat everyday for a tangy sensation (not something I fawn over like a first girl friend in high school… it’s so pretty and slim and talented!). I like my technology to have wild names like Alienware or Viper or Android. I guess those on the wild side have to wait for the Apple people to finish buying before the Android stuff is produced.
The UP Band for Android is out. And I just had a birthday so I can buy myself some change!
There is a simple tie to change management here. Data is everywhere. It can monitor almost everything. That has a lot of significance. One we can do things with that data and two we can get obsessed with data gathering (that doesn’t really do much for us).With my new UP band I plan to do both!
No sooner did I put screens and screens for navigation on the Fast Change radar (historic pun intended) and they are no longer needed. Or at least need redefining.
Discover Magazine in the April 2013 edition, has an article on a projection system that will put screens anywhere there is a flat surface.
Purdue University Engineers Karthik Ramani and Niklas Elmquvist have created a projector-based computer input system that can figure out hand movements on a flat surface. And not just the movements of two-hands-one-person, but four hands on the same surface. The multi touch system is as if you had a mouse with 16 different buttons (and all the combinations thereof). This system is a step up from others in that it actually recognizes your (and your partners’) different fingers. And still better it can differentiate between the right and left hand. That’s a lot of combinations of movements.
What would you be able to do with this?
Use your imagination, but I am thinking virtual air hockey on the kitchen table. Or (when they get past two to multiple sets of hands) incredible interactive experiences. Or maybe just a big giant Trivial Pursuit board. But, the article does not say whether or not the system can get your kids to clear the table so you can maximize its capability…
But this is a blog about business and change.
How about working on a slide deck together with your team? Think Star Trek and the movies where their hands make things move all over the place. What about a working session where everyone is tending to their own deliverable, but the team is there to look over and provide feedback? Or team training where the next screen does not appear until certain tasks are completed (it recognizes two sets of hands remember?).
The list goes on I am sure.
The most important thing about this versus the barely old trend toward actual touch screens is the size. Freedom to move your hands around to express yourself and have that recorded as something reusable and editable has a TON of change possibilities.
Fast Change Around Us- Dust off that kitchen table, clear the cords off that corporate surface, get ready to bring a partner into computing everywhere or anywhere there is a flat surface.
Things keep getting invented, Fast Change, that get in the way of driving- mesmerizing navigation systems, movies playing on the dash, lots of things to touch for music, the constant dance of recharging the stuff, etc. Do you ever get a little nervous that something bad is going to happen during one of those “peeks”? Short of texting the most ridiculous is a DVD player in the center of the dash (the navigation system may fall in that category too). Leave it to Fast Change Around Us Mercedes to come up with a solution.
Split screen on the monitor means that you, as the driver, see pixel 1,3,5 and on while the passenger sees 2,4,6 and more. Get out! Same screen, different picture like a hologram (while holding still)? You gotta admit this is cool Fast Change!
The downside is that it is expensive and the resolution for each view is cut in half. Moore’s law should take care of that in short time.
Can I have this for my TV at home?
We could all wear Bluetooth headsets, sit in the same room and watch different shows (and not on those tiny picture in picture things).
OK some times Fast Change can be a little ridiculous…
I think there might be a change in general correlation here. Shiny objects are distracting. Change initiatives are full of shiny objects. All those little things everyone wants to add in can be distracting. New chances to see what other people do (change is often the first time people interact horizontally) can take you off course. That fancy new software is just so much fun to be buried in and try to figure out.
Maybe we all need just one view of the monitor?
Audi headlights are causing a stir here in the US.
Not because the light is more refined and provides less glare to oncoming traffic, but because regulators have to figure out new technology before they can make rules.
(There is either less regulation in Europe or they are better at this change thing- the lights are OK there).
And so we have our Fast Change Around Us for the Week.
From the article, “It’s hard for government to compete for the best engineering, technical, and legal talent when there are no lofty salaries or stock options, only good medical plans. “
Some changes, in fact many of the fast changes I have written about, are entirely welcome. Except, apparently to those who have to figure out the improvement.
Look around, day and night, at the cars you see.
There are some awesome headlights out there!
They have all the loopty-doo snakey LED things going on. They have that cool blue color. They have half the footprint with twice the power. They are inconspicuous and more functional.
They have really changed since the days of buggy round boring lights.
Another thing about headlights… When was the last time you actually used high beams?
And remember stepping on that little button on the floor to turn on the high beams (seriously dated myself there)?
So think of this behavior change: We used to be very careful about clicking the high beams, afraid we might blind someone coming around the corner. Now we get regular headlights that are nice to those coming our way and serve the purpose of a permanent high beam. Or we would if the regulators could figure this out…
Which brings me to an organizational tie to change. How many times are there organizational changes that require leadership to catch up to the change?
Some fast change is picture perfect, but maybe just a little TOO fast. It appears lighting technology, especially for car headlights falls into that too fast category.