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Page history last edited by PBworks 13 years, 5 months ago

Time is an existential reality and therefore an always present constraint on living systems

It is a "deep fundamental" - of an actant in a communication ecology


Time horizon may turn out to be the most important perspective dimension. Children and immature organizations have only two time markers - now and later. More mature individuals and organzations have longer time horizons that with clear goals as markers.


One working idea is that for an individual, time horizons are closely related to stages of life and individual intent.On the stages of life axis, the birht of child in upper middle class Euro societies sets the time horizon for the parentas of "getting them into college". Depending on the context and the individual, this time horizon organizes the perspective in significant ways. The next markers are often getting married, getting a "good" job, having children of their own. Each event tends to change the time horizon and by doing that changes the perception of risk and therfore changes the stress of the individual.


It might be an interesting research approach to be able to understand what effects the time horizon of a community or formal organization. This might be particularly interesting for profit making public companies vs private companies. Or for polticians vs professional bureacrats. One hypothesis might be that incentives could be implemented that would encourage appropriate time horizons.


Ways to See Time

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