Paradigm

A paradigm is a set of rules, written or unwritten, that sets the stage for a significant portion of society or a particular segment. When movement occurs between paradigms, the rules change, and if you don’t understand the change you get out of sync with reality.  Paradigm Shifts are movements from one primary paradigm to another.

A paradigm according to Thomas Kuhn means a broad model, a pattern, a framework, way of thinking for understanding reality, behavior, and the rules within the system boundaries. Paradigm Shifts are movements from one primary paradigm to another. A paradigm is a set of rules, written or unwritten, that sets the stage for a significant portion of society or a particular segment. When movement occurs between paradigms, the rules change, and if you don’t understand the change you get out of sync with reality.

A paradigm shift is a way of looking at something differently. We are stepping “outside the box”.  When we make a paradigm shift we can see, think, feel and behave differently. A paradigm shift is change from one way to another, revolution a complete transformation.  Paradigms are threatened by:

  • Life changing events / threats
  • Its model is questioned
  • There is a design miss-match whereby aspirations are greater than resources
  • Internal drive for systemic transformation

How are paradigms formed ?

Paradigm Shift : When anomalies or inconsistencies arise within a given paradigm and present problems that we are unable to solve within a given paradigm, our view of reality must change, as must the way we perceive, think, and value the world. We must take on new assumptions and expectations that will transform our theories, traditions, rules, and standards of practice. We must create a new paradigm in which we are able to solve the insolvable problems of the old paradigm.

A ‘crumbling paradigm’ is a condition in which an institution or industry has outlasted its operating assumptions. The condition is detected when the business or the mission results of an industry or a company within an industry are flat or declining while more and more resources are consumed. When this happens, the institution or industry goes into an irreversible decline until a new operating model takes its place.”

Transformation is the process of starting or ending a paradigm (Paradigm shift) and involves a terminus. This terminus either triggers total collapse of an existing paradigm or a crumbing paradigm (digital cameras versus film and Kodak collapse)

Author: Pino Villa