Where this idea of Fourth Revolution comes from

An engineer by initial training, I have worked as senior executive in the French civil service, and have been involved as senior adviser to the French Minister of Ecology and Sustainable Development. I have lived and worked in various countries, hence an international outlook: France, USA, Chile, Germany, and now Malaysia.

I am keen on all innovative technologies in particular in the field of organizations leadership and management. I am a certified coach, as well as an experienced facilitator and trainer. I train high potentials in particular in interpersonal and personal soft skills.

Intrigued by some changes of today’s world, I have done some research and this has convinced me that the current times are not just normal changes, just a bit quicker than before.

It is a true step change, a real change in Civilization. This is why I believe the Fourth Revolution is a viewpoint useful to take, and to discuss.

Revolutions are periods of anxiety and uncertainty. But for those that are able to take them, they are also great times of opportunity. Let’s shape the world as we wish it to be. Let’s ourselves thrive through the Fourth Revolution.


What the Fourth Revolution is about

The Fourth Revolution is a concern for all.

The concept is simple: we are living through one of the few Revolutions of Humankind cognitive capabilities. The previous ones were:

  • Speech, around 100,000 years ago, which led into the nomadic hunter-gatherer Age
  • Writing, around 10,000 years ago, which led into the Agricultural Age
  • Broadcasting, around 1500 AD (with the invention of mobile font printing), which led into the Industrial Age.

Today, progress of technology gives us capabilities which we never before had available: long distance communication that allows long distance collaboration.

This will be a new Revolution, the Fourth Revolution.

It has already ignited.

Are we ready for it? Can we understand better that world-shaking event?

Can we possibly behave in ways that will make us thrive through and beyond the Fourth Revolution?