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WHAT IS CHANGE?
--Making or becoming different
--Difference from previous state
--Substitution of one for another
--To undergo, show or subject to change
--To make or become different
The emphasis is on making something different. This could be a major change or merely incremental. Whichever it is implies a difference.
ANNUAL CHANGE CYCLE
There is major change all around you.
Each year the earth goes through an enormous change caused by its rotation (more perceptible in some parts than others) which forces responses that are staggering in enormity. For example, deciduous trees shed their leaves and close down for winter, to bloom again in spring; and animals change their coats (mink/ermine).
Think too, of the way in which we humans have to respond to climatic changes, by varying our clothing at different times of the year or by regulating the heating or air conditioning. Our well-being depends upon managing such change.
The change from manual recording of information (writing) to current laptops with advanced capability is an enormous one. In fact, it occurred incrementally through several steps.
Each step is incremental, requiring skills training and capital outlay.
The change in information processing was even greater, from scrolls to libraries to main frames to midis to LANs.
Change can be of an even greater nature. Consider metamorphosis, for example, which requires a complete change of state and represents a severe shock to the status quo (in this case requiring a sleeping phase to cope with thechange).