There are many who think Darwin's theory of evolution can be summed up by the clichsurvival of the fittest."
This statement conjures up images of primitive men and beasts, who, through strength and brutality, overpowered weaker species in their quest for food, shelter and survival.
When reviewed, Darwin's studies reveal that the species that survive are those that are best able to adapt to change. When applied to business or civic concerns, the truth of this philosophy is plain.
One example comes from the newsrooms of America's newspapers. For decades, the rapid staccato of typewriter keys echoed in the hallways tapping out the media's fast-paced mission to provide information to the public. Two brands of typewriters were reliable favorites IBM and Smith Corona.
As the world changed, information providers demanded new technologies. One typewriter company, IBM, adapted with some difficulty to those changes.
Our community has, and will continue to travel the rough road of change, and surely bigger changes are on the horizon. New businesses will come. More homes will be built. New water sources will be found. New problems will be solved.
We as a community, as Darwin put it, must decide to improve adaptively and approach the future with ingenuity and positive planning. If we say no to change if we say, "This is the way we've always done it" we condemn ourselves to failure. Many businesses and communities have made this mistake and paid the price.
Smith Corona filed for bankruptcy in June 2000.