Dr. Schweizer invented the term Change Compression to describe the phenomenon that rapid change is being compressed into shorter and shorter time periods. Clearly, Change Compression has strategic implications for organizations. Change Compression also has alarming effects on society, since people are neither prepared for nor able to cope with Change Compression.
The consequences of Change Compression are far-reaching and disruptive. As Russell Ackoff points out, accelerating technological and social change is not new. What is new is that the rate of change is so fast that people can no longer adapt. Likewise, Edward de Bono points out that, for the first time in history, people are living longer than ideas and concepts.