Paradigm Shift – An agent of change

A paradigm is a worldview underlying theories, methodology and belief in a particular subject.

A paradigm shift changes the way people think.  It is revolutionary and transformational.

The term “paradigm shift” was coined by Thomas Kuhn in his 1962 book, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

A Paradigm shift is not a spontaneous occurrence and is driven by agents of change.

Are you an agent of change?

Paradigms shifts which usually have their start in the science realm affect the rest of our everyday world.  New discoveries or advancements in technology cause dramatic transformations in our society, how we view each other, our world and system.

The invention of agriculture allowed humans to no longer be nomadic tribes.  This advancement forever changed how we organized our clans and eventually our societies.

Remember when we stopped believing the earth was the center of the solar system and gave the Sun its proper recognition?  This shift towards a heliocentric world view not only caused scientists to change course on past and future astronomical discoveries but also was the start of the end of religion’s control on everything as it began to lose its “infallibility”.

The banning of the use of slaves, basic human rights, woman’s equality, homosexual equality and other societal changes are all examples of societal paradigm shifts.

If you had 10 minutes in front of other burners at this year’s TedxBRC, what would you blow our minds with?

Have an idea?  Let’s hear it!

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