Massive forces of global change constantly re-invent the world and our lives.
These trends can be categorized as a 4-STEP process that is Social, Technical, Economic, and Political (STEP) in nature.
Step 1: Social Motivation
All change is initiated by us.
The overriding behavior of ordinary people — our needs, our
aspirations, our values and beliefs, and our ideas — are what change the
world. Little improves in the world unless you and I decide to change things.
And as each new generation brings fresh ideas and values to bear,
society literally regenerates itself. As new ideas catch on, they travel
like wildfire — especially now with the Internet — changing the
aspirations of a wider population. And so the cycle repeats.
More than anything, the Webolution is driven by the natural human need for social interaction and communication as we embrace the Web Lifestyle.
Step 2: Technical Innovation
Fresh ideas spur research and development that constantly push back the frontiers of science
to spawn further advances. Technology thus also regenerates itself and
we tend to talk of new generations of technology, with new versions
making earlier ones obsolete. The more efficient and productive a new
technology, the greater are the economic and social benefits for us all
to enjoy. All the wealth ever created has come from better efficiency and productivity. So
we need to adopt the latest and most powerful technologies, both to
boost the economy and to enhance national and personal security. That means embracing the Web Lifestyle.
Step 3: Economic Modernization
The third stage is the effective use of technology to restructure and modernize our socio-economic infrastructure.
This is achieved by marshaling the planet’s resources and managing the
environment, while orchestrating the production and distribution of
wealth on a long-term sustainable basis. And it is perfectly natural
that commerce will gravitate online as major segments of the global
population adopt a Web Lifestyle — working, shopping, banking, and running businesses from home.
Step 4: Political Reformation
Finally, to ensure we benefit from these changes, the political process must rise to a higher level of human aspiration.
If not, history shows that people will be unhappy and will rebel.
Hence, political processes and governments inevitably get reformed —
preferably by consensus, but otherwise by social uprising and revolution. Sadly, politicians usually are the last to "get
the message." They literally “spin” themselves dizzy struggling to
explain their past inactivity that they are unable to offer even a
blurred vision of the future. Faced with global terrorism, our freedom
and democracy are under attack. And how we practice democracy is out of
sync with the new world. To win the battle for freedom, we must move
quickly to a system of electronic democracy from home — which the Web
Lifestyle makes possible.
To see how these 4-STEP trends are shaking up the kaleidoscope of life,
we need to see the "big picture." If you mentally “go into orbit” you can see the new pattern of life and commerce unfolding on Earth.
By seeing "the world in motion" and thinking futuristically, we can literally see the Web Lifestyle unfolding before our eyes.