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A simple understanding of what is the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Why and how Industrial Revolutions form, and to how to take part in them

Fourth Industrial Revolution – Graphic by Christoph Roser at AllAboutLean.com

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It seems everyone is talking about the Fourth Industrial Revolution – Abbreviated 4IR and called Industry 4.0 also.

Do you battle to understand what it is?

Relax, once you understand innovation and evolution in the context I will give below, you will have a high-level interpretation of what is this (the Fourth any coming) Industrial Revolution, why and how it forms, and how to take part in it.

How successful products reflect our biology – The Human Greed Pyramid cheat sheet

This is a 3-minute quick read. It is a shortened derivative of this article: The Human Greed Pyramid, an Illustration of How Innovations Interrelates With Humans’ Consumption Patterns and Natural Inclinations, and How to Plot Innovation That Works on Humans http://bit.do/eKg2e  

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  • Human beings (PEOPLE) are part of NATURE (first layer in the pyramid).
  • NATURAL INCLINATIONS is where consumption patterns shape. It is the evolutional biology and psychology of the choices we make.
  • Some of the INCLINATIONS: Lust, love, anger, joy happiness, need for community, etc.
  • How does nature relate with human/natural inclinations? Hunger is satisfied by eating food that nature
  • People’s natural inclinations push them to form cultures, e.g. tribes. Even animals organise themselves into what we choose to call packs, herds, or troops.
  • People use their cognition to innovate, i.e. create manmade Both hard (a chair) and soft innovations (software, marriage, jokes).
  • Innovation is that which works, is effective and thus successful. If it does not work, it is not innovative.
  • Successful innovations mirror people’s inclinations hence they are consumed massively. They feed inclinations. Or else they fail.
  • e. there is a psychobiological link between humanly inclinations and innovation.
  • People created and craze and crave Facebook, Mc Donald’s, YouTube, iPhone – to the next phone better than an iPhone, religion, marriage, a beautiful/sexy partner – and another bae on the side, porn, etc.
  • This is because these things satisfy people’s inclinations.
  • Inclinations manifest themselves in these innovations. E.g., human beings have evolved to have a sweet tooth – i.e. to love sugary foods. The juicier the fruit, the calorie filled it is, and that is how our ancestors adapted to consuming sugar – that piece of juicy steak, passing this to us genetically and epigenetically. Then commerce made processed sugar to capitalize further. Hence we love Coke and ice cream.
  • The innovations become part of cultures depending on the extent of their success and spread – new innovations can topple or divide old innovations.
  • Humans are greedy beings. We want more and more innovations. We push to beat current innovations. It is a biological inclination.
  • But also, there are those who want nostalgia.

THE HUMAN GREED PYRAMID: An Illustration of How Innovations Interrelate With Humans’ Consumption Patterns and Natural Inclinations, and How to Plot Innovation That Works on Humans

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What if there was a framework to explain the success, innovation and effectiveness of almost everything? Be it in music, technology, comedy, medicine, entrepreneurship and other creations?

This is what I’ve indulged in for a long while now.

The Adjacent Possible Theory by Stuart A. Kauffman is great in illustrating how innovation forms and ascends.

I’ve plotted a framework that illustrates how innovation interrelates with human consumption, and how to plot innovation that will work on humans. I call it The Human Greed Pyramid.

2 Ways for Africa to Grow Exponentially – Part 1

One way to define Africa’s challenge is a lot of us do not know how to embed ourselves in the world economy, provide innovatively and freely without trying to rope in perceived gatekeepers.

Online Shipping System that Quotes Buyers Instantly to Anywhere in the World

At the backdrop of the South African Post Office having ‘going concern’ challenges, there are a number of local courier companies mushrooming. Interesting!

I am still not over the pain SAPO cost my book business last year when they went on strike for months.

We do not have bookstore distribution for my books in South Africa or across Africa. We use SAPO to ship. The post office is relatively cheaper. I so wish they had an instant online shipment-quoting-system, instead of having to go to them every time. Even better, a shopper instructed quoting system you can plug into web stores.

It got me thinking that the ability to sell online via an online store, where the customers, anywhere in the world, can instantly get a shipping quote, can be exponential for Africa’s growth.

We did some little research of what is available

The bug in South Africa’s economy hindering job creation and prosperity for all

As South Africa’s GDP is the largest, but with more unemployment than some countries with a lesser GDP and with more people. Who then is enjoying a bigger chunk of the GDP? It is foreign investors and elite locals.

The question could be, how then to liberate our GDP so that it’s enjoyed by a deeper percentage of the population.

One could say through intensifying affirmative action especially in the business sector. But that would be missing the point why we aren’t creating jobs.

Starting the organisation AFRI BIZ CULTURE

AFRIBIZCULTURE ; short for African business culture; is meant to be an organisation; which through African youth; does as it says.

An organisation by the youth; having a say and hand in shaping their Africa. That is advising all stakeholders (government, business; citizens; youth; parents etc) of what is needed to take Africa to that African owned prosperity.

We are fostering a business culture where business becomes part of society. By having a share; in the same values and interests. Since business is based on supply meeting demand.

We are in Africa; we all know all the challenges that African faces. So; a solution to such challenges is what we value.

Softening Africa up (part 1)

We are popular for our rich minerals ores and yet still the poorest continent. Take it back to the 1950’s; and bring it back to today (2010); we are still the historical underdog. We have less to show for our garden’s produces.

Remember the ‘opium wars’ between China and England caused by England refusing to trade their gold reserves (stolen) for china’s tea; opting to trade opium (drug) instead. Yet Africa’s GDP in 2010 still relies on exporting raw mineral ores.

So why is it that Europe and America; who don’t have that much mineral ores still the world’s economic leaders? The answer t is what I call ‘soft product innovations’. That is software; gadgets; clothing etc.

China and Japan have got the best of all trades; manufacturing, assembly and technological innovations. Its high time Africa consolidates its efforts and catch up.  Imagine the millions of Rands that leave Africa through international clothing brands.

These are the times to be exploring those innovative ideas. Mighty is experience mixed with inexperience! Young kids have ideas; and the experienced know how put together the script.

(Part two to follow)

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