The Sixth Paradigm

Are you interested in the proliferation of markets everywhere (think not only the major financial markets but also Facebook, iTunes, Second Life… )? What about cloud computing and concepts such as Everything as a Service? And finally the digitization which transforms so many industries and activities? Now let’s tie those three big trends together and you’ll end up with the Sixth Paradigm of Sean Park.

I attended Park’s workshop about Reinventing Financial Services at the LIFT conference in Geneva, Switzerland, but don’t run away now thinking that “it’s about finance, so it must be utterly boring.” In fact, Park’s thinking about financial services is embedded in a more general philosophy about change in the economy and society, and about the clashes between those changes and culture in big and small companies.

Park is heavily inspired by the work of the economist Carlota Perez who wrote the book Technological revolutions and financial capital (2003). In this video Perez explains five technological revolutions and the new paradigm or common sense they brought along in each case:

This is a trailer video about the possible application of those ideas for the financial services:

You can find Park’s presentation of this re-invention of financial services on his blog.

A fictional narrative written in 2005 by Park explores the future of financial services and markets from the vantage point of December 2015 looking back on the changes that occurred over the past decade. Not to be interpreted literally, the goal was to foster discussion and debate on how powerful secular trends in technology, economics and demography might act to shape a new landscape in how markets operate and financial services are delivered in the future.

Pretty fascinating stuff. You can follow Park on his blog The Park Paradigm and of course on Twitter.

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2 Responses to The Sixth Paradigm

  1. parkparadigm says:

    Hadn’t seen this Perez video previously – thanks for bringing it to my attention and thanks for the kind words, I’m glad you found the workshop interesting.

  2. Anonymous says:

    thank you. I also posted a Dutch language version on the markets blog of my newspaper, De Tijd in Belgium. I hope it will facilitate a debate.

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