At the recent #MMX14 we had the opportunity to check in with various of the top media practitioners in South Africa and hear their thoughts on the state of newsrooms. Although the conversations focused on the disruption experienced by global media due to the developments in the digital space, there was a "can-do" spirit among participants, rather than one of despondency.
When faced with disruption we can either choose to embrace and adapt, or fight ... and most probably die fighting. I'm usually all for fighting against the system, and finding ways to be a rebel, but when growth peeks over the horizon, I quickly change my tune in support of disruption.
Disruption usually forces more open communication around issues that are usually shrouded in secrecy, politeness or competition. Disruption, while scary, is the stuff of which success stories can be made ... if only we can get past the inherent need for security, and grab with open minds the opportunity for growth and positive change that lies just around the next corner.
I've jotted down a few notes using the age-old method of pen and paper, and include them below for your reading pleasure. You're welcome to give me a shout if something in indecipherable, or if you'd like to have some context around the scribbles.