CHAPTER 2

Mechanistic Thinking, Silos, and the New World of Complexity

The collaborative work that the Digital Age requires cannot exist and ­cannot be developed within conventional frameworks such as existing siloed structures. If silos keep organizations stuck, why do they exist at all? To understand this, we have to look at where mechanistic thinking comes from in the first place.

Sir Isaac Newton is arguably one of the greatest minds in human history. He developed the whole conceptual apparatus for the scientific revolution to happen; still today, from designing tables and chairs to sending a human being into space (and getting him/her back again), a large part of our existence obeys and can be understood in the light of the laws of nature ...

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