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Winning in the Age of Bohonomics

This is Boho

What is boho?
Actually there is not one answer because bohos are people with many identitites and roles.
That is why they are often key players in many cultural change processes.

Years ago Cristina and Jari met in an event where innovations, inventions and the future of leadership was discussed. Soon they found themselves discussing the rigid hierarchies and the inability of the organizations to understand and benefit from diversity. At that time they were both working with issues that had to do with creativity and the future of work.

Quite soon they had said aloud the word “bohemians” because they realized that sometimes in the, perhaps very near, future a new way of looking at life, work and the economy is needed. A way that would allow people to be who they are and work in a way they can contribute with their unique talents and share their passions.

Some years went by but the idea of the bohemian stayed until one day Cristina and Jari skyped and decided that the time is nigh. The world is in need of comprehending the necessity of accepting and allowing the diversities create the new world.

Cultural diversity is a pre-condition to new ideas and innovations. Every innovation increases cultural diversity as such. Bohemian personalities are typically people which extend cultural diversity and variety. It is not easy to define who is having a bohemian personality. Actually we can say that some people are obvious bohemians and some others are not so obvious bohemians. Both bohemians and not bohemians can have new bright ideas. The borderline between these two social groups is in transition. New social micro trends tell about new social changes. Hidden sub-cultures become visible. Old cultures are getting new variations. Cultures are changing and bohos are playing a role in this cultural transition process.

Majority of people are not bohemians, but they can find complementary comperences with the bohemian community.
Bohos live in many islands of cultures. They also like shadow organizations and informal think tanks. Bohos are not eager to get organized in hierarchies but they are ready to join the movements where a great cause is supported. Boho leaders allow and support emerging movements and winning initiatives and they may see their role more as a facilitator than a commander of a batallion.

Bohos are extremely special persons. As Sigismund (Swedish King) noted: “Only the Bohemians could defeat the Bohemians”. Today bohos are not having their own country like the Bohemia. Today the world is bohos´country.

“The term ‘Bohemian’ has come to be very commonly accepted in our day as the description of a certain kind of literary gypsy, no matter in what language he speaks, or what city he inhabits …. A Bohemian is simply an artist or littérateur who, consciously or unconsciously, secedes from conventionality in life and in art.” (Westminster Review, 1862[5]) From Websters on-line dictionary.

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