Grid Neutrality guided by Net Neutrality
The Tech Sector is inherently focused on the future, on technological advances in their own right, and on the changes to society and organizations that these advances enable. One example, tech firms were the first to embrace email and to adapt to flatter organizational structures which email communication enabled.
There are many learnings from tech that can be useful in other sectors, particularly around thriving in a world of accelerating change and supplanting hierarchical structures with network structures. The Internet is of course a network structure that radically altered all previous communication structures.
The conversation and imperatives around Net Neutrality have been explored and evaluated for around two decades. The excellent two articles below highlight how the electric grid has been hierarchical or flowing in one direction, and yet how it will necessarily be supplanted by a network electric grid more similar to the Internet than today’s electric grid. The articles further point out how the principles of Net Neutrality have their equivalent principles in Grid Neutrality to guide the supplanting of the grid.