2030 School

The Progress of Empires

March 03, 2023 Richard Coward
2030 School
The Progress of Empires
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Show Notes

Throughout history, the rise and fall of empires has been a common occurrence.

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In this essay I will argue that empires are the result of one group of people having a superior technology, organization, or ability and then “conquering” others. However, as others on the fringes, and within the empires, learn those technologies and catch up, the empire loses its power and influence.

It might sound simple and “obvious” but it has huge implications.
1) It means the empires may have a natural time limit and follow their own arc, if left to their natural accord
2) It means that there is a huge importance of learning, improving, innovating
3) We need to be, not just open to, but actively seeking out, change and improvements. Such as:
– We need to design our systems in such a way that they are flexible to improve
– They are able to carrying out micro-experiments, or MVPs on smaller scale areas,
– And promoting competition within big, complex systems.
– We need to be sharing the vision and direction
– We need values that align with this rule of continual innovation and improvement.

In this article, we will explore the progress of some of the most significant empires in history and how they rose and eventually fell due to a loss of relative superiority.

The Mongol Empire was one of the largest empires in history. The Mongols were able to conquer such a vast territory because of their superior military technology, especially their horseback riding and archery skills. The Mongols’ primary advantage was their use of the composite bow, which was smaller and more powerful than other bows at the time. However, as other groups learned these tactics, the Mongols’ advantage diminished, and their empire fell.

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