Broc Edwards guest-post: Downton Abbey and dealing with the FutureNow


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The Broc Edwards guest post edition!

by Peter Watts

Following on from our recent Downton Abbey article, here is a guest-post from Broc Edwards over at the Fool With A Plan leadership blog. Broc puts forward eight topics to keep in mind as like the inhabitants of Downton Abbey, we all continue to face a changing world around us.

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I really enjoy Downton Abbey and I’m super excited about the new season. A friend turned me on to it this Fall and my wife and I quickly watched the first two seasons. I really shouldn’t be able to relate to it – after all, it’s a period drama (soap opera?) about British aristocracy and their servants in the early 1900s.

Except it’s not. It’s about humans dealing with the inevitable change of FutureNow. The tried and true traditions of the 19th Century have been blown up and burned down in the onslaught of change in the early 20th Century. Industrialization, automobiles, air travel, women’s rights, democracy, revolutionaries, class systems (and duties and obligations), a world fighting a new kind of war and the horrors it brings all get thrown in the societal blender. The characters, rich or poor, weak or powerful, are just humans trying to find…

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