Invitations are received for occasions I might once have attended. But time and the net mean that a good many subjects of interest can be followed online instead of trailing up to London at some cost to find out something that now takes fewer hours or might take only minutes.
This means that the patterns of life, including spending, organisation, contact methods and systems etc. have changed, some aspects quite radically. Had I not been willing to do this, the word "disruption" might be applied to what has happened.
Think of this on a much bigger scale and applied to many economic activities then if this is general the implications can be imagined, if not predicted or understood. This invitation, therefore, was interesting:
In the last decade, London has become a digital powerhouse. Just five years after the launch of Tech City the UK's digital economy already makes over 10% of the country's GDP, employing over 1.5M people and growing 30% faster than the rest of the economy.
Digital companies are thriving across specialisms, displacing incumbents, disrupting industries and reshaping markets.
Steering this transformation, UK digital leaders have harnessed the power of technology to meet ever-raising customer expectations.
The LSE Banking and Finance and LSE Entrepreneurs Alumni Groups bring together four industry leaders from the UK digital economy to explore the path from City employee to global disruptor.
Join founders Zia Yusuf (Velocity), Nikolay Storonsky (Revolut) and Jules Coleman (Hassle.com) as they revisit their experiences, struggles and achievements in a conversation chaired by Philip Salter (Director, The Entrepreneurs Network).
This event is kindly sponsored by Prodigy Finance.
It is my opinion that over the decades when I have been sentient, up to a point, the speed and extent of change has increased. How far it might or might not continue to increase at this rate is difficult to work out.
This popular song from 1955 on Youtube not only is an interesting example of how things can change, but if you replace the word "Pretender" by the word "Disrupter" it might be a good comment on the present day.
The worrying issue is how many or how few people in charge of our affairs and major economic activities fully understand what has happened and what is going to happen?