Summary of Scenario C: Walled CIty

Closed sources of learning & managed or slow change

Tradition!

Closed sources of learning & managed or slow change

Taking advantage of this, businesses are able to consolidate their gains and increase their competitive position over rivals through partnerships with universities to provide research and trained employees.  At the other end of the spectrum, as the pace of change slows, smaller entities—businesses, schools and groups of all stripes—are able to catch up and participate in a variety of activities.  Innovation and searching for the “next big thing” give way to a comfortable sense of consistency and continuity.  Some large institutions even offer coaching programs for smaller organizations that further homogenize structures and practice.

With the costs of adopting to rapid change no longer a constant business cost, institutions and individuals can make other strategic investments, some to bolster their status (either as gatekeepers for institutions, or as individuals), others to extend their mission or interests, or even to consolidate with other institutions to extend their reach and zone of control.

Slow change also means a slower economy, however, with fewer opportunities for the ambitious.  Tight restrictions and control on social, economic, and technological advances reinforce and extend social, cultural and political ossification.