The 4th Industrial Revolution introduced the concept of adaptiveness in the industrial, economic and social world. This increases notoriously the market orientation but requires managing environments as adaptive systems, which require the use of catalysts to ensure their functionality and evolution.
Social catalysts are process accelerators that allow ensuring the functionality and evolution of adaptive systems of any kind. The concept of social catalysts applies to social, economic and political evolution, to the functionality of any kind of communities or institutions and to businesses.
Catalysts are objects that are naturally integrated in any living being. One of the mostly known catalysts in biology are the enzymes that catalyze multiple processes to ensure the survival and evolution of living beings.
One differentiated characteristic of social catalysts is that they need to achieve the necessary threshold of energy to influence the environment. The use of functional social catalysts in processes neither generates side-effects nor resistance.
The purpose of a social catalyst is to increase the speed of functional processes. This purpose is achieved by increasing significantly the efficiency of processes, diminishing the level of efficacy that is necessary, which saves energy.
The maximal strategy of catalyst is to simplify the functionality of processes by solving their implicit weaknesses using a superior technology that accelerates them. The minimum strategy establishes a superior framework of the process that expands the possibilities to ensure results.
Types of Catalysts
Based on their functionality there are four types of social catalysts: Conjunctural, Specific, Systemic and Generic.
These catalysts accelerate specific conjunctural processes to achieve the critical mass that is necessary to ensure “survival”. They are centrally focused on expanding possibilities by considering the conjuncture. These types of catalysts are normally absorbed by the system they are catalyzing.
The specific catalysts are focused on accelerating specific functions that can be managed as autonomous roles or objects. They are centrally focused on ensuring the results that need to be achieved by using a superior framework to minimize the consumption of energy. These catalysts ensure the achievement of the critical mass of specific functions.
The systemic catalysts accelerate the functionality of the environment considered as a unified field. They are centrally focused on increasing the efficiency of the system by introducing a superior technology. These catalysts ensure the critical mass of the functionality of adaptive environments considered as a system.
Generic catalysts are those that drive the evolution of the environment where they are applied. They are centrally focused on solving the implicit weaknesses of the processes and simplifying them. These catalysts ensure the critical mass that is necessary to evolve.
Catalysts have been and are used all the time. What the unicist evolutionary approach introduced is the access to the concepts and fundamentals of catalysts that define the root causes of their functionality and allow defining and installing them where they are needed.