Disruption Promoters vs Actual Disruptors


Disruptors disrupt. Promoters improve the probability of a disruptor disrupting.

A disruption promoter is a facet of an activity that is believed to be disruptive; but that is viewed ex ante.  Since the event is ex ante, it is unknowable whether or not it will actually be disruptive.

A disruptor is a disruptive event, activity or endeavor.  It disrupts.  All disruptors fit into one of several buckets.  Historically, when mankind views an event as disruptive, it is from one of these categories.

Disruption Promoters (12):

  1. Insertion
  2. Penetration
  3. Compound / Geometric
  4. Emergent behavior
  5. Asymmetry ($s or Time)
  6. Cross application
  7. Paradigm shift
  8. Persistence / Longevity
  9. Secrecy
  10. Fragmented supply chain
  11. Social acceptance
  12. Reverse compatibility

Disruptors (10):

  1. Automation
  2. Calculation
  3. Communication
  4. Measurement / Instrumentation
  5. Mechanization
  6. Miniaturization
  7. Simplification
  8. Standardization
  9. Transportation
  10. Weaponization

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