Clustering: A Way of Being

Some years ago a mentor and friend spoke about how he saw the future of work as being designed around the concept of clusters. Groups of individuals forming for the sake of completing particular projects then disbanding, or better forming new clusters for the next assignment.

As the commercial landscape has evolved and borders have been eliminated by advances in technology, the reality today is pretty much this. Work groups consisting of both internal staff and outside consultants unite for just long enough to achieve specific objectives.

And this development is not limited to work. Now we relate to people globally through a variety of relationships thanks to the expansion of social media. We join groups, follow and add people to our lists of contacts and friends, interact even through online games.

As a way of keeping in contact with people already part of our lives, these advances are wonderful, especially if we are not living close by. Few can spare the time to write a letter on paper so e-mails and texts come in handy. The question of cost, too, is no longer a barrier to communication.

Newer relationships can be created easily online. Without requiring great time investments we are able to interact and exchange pleasantries with people around the world. As with all relationships, those destined to develop to a deeper, more constructive level will do so with effort on both sides.

Social concerns can act as motives for clusters too, becoming communication channels for messages concerning human rights and environmental issues, for example, to be heard internationally. Indeed social media nowadays impacts on democracies worldwide.

All the time people are clustering together, working together and talking together, they are not fighting together. From this perspective then, world peace has more chance to flourish if we are communicating, clustering so to speak. As Pema Chödrön has said: “Better to join in with humanity than to set ourselves apart.”

Thanks for connecting here today.



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