Mar 10, 2011

Ramblings about change

I have been following closely the developments in Egypt over the last couple of months, it has been a worthwhile distraction from my studies and other priorities. It's not every day that you get a chance to see a society attempt to severely transform itself. You don't even see large organizations try to do so, the last large scale corporate transformation I recall is IBM in the 90s and thats not even closely comparable.

It is a breathtaking, exhilarating, painful experience that Egypt is going through. I think this is a story that you should all follow, regardless of its success. The passion, conviction, bravery showcased by young Egyptians on the street is just inspiring. I might disagree with some of them on process and goals but none the less they are inspiring.

I hope that the revolutionaries remember one thing, that change is difficult, risky and slow. I do not ask them to reverse their hopes and dreams or not even pursue them, I just think with the high pace this is progressing there is little time to step back and reflect on the decisions being taken. Even I, stuck 1000s of miles away from Cairo, find it difficult to just reflect on the meaning of the changes have happened and on the next step, I can only imagine how it is for the activists and their leaders on the street.