This is a fascinating view of macro scale changes from a very unlikely source – an ex-senior official in the CIA Clandestine Service. His comments echo some of my recent thinking about the potential impact when social movements meet social media, and the impact upon modern-day governance structures. Here’s the view of Henry Crumpton (with my emphasis in bold):
The most important change on the global security and business stage is the empowerment of the individual and their ability to have inexpensive, exponential impact through technology and collaboration. This revolutionary development has led to an unprecedented shift in relationships, with a degree of asymmetric power never seen in the history of human conflict or commerce. There are micro actors with macro impact operating on a global landscape and they constantly challenge the status quo, and this trend is accelerating.