If society is rapidly changing, the only way to successfully adapt is for each person to become part of that change. In industry, the Japanese have made that point. The Toyota system engaged the line workers in the process of improving the production process. In the beginning progress was slow, but in the long run the results have been outstanding.
In every society, the rate of change in our institutions and in our political parties and in government itself was being over shadowed by the rate of technical change and the demand for social change. In churches, universities, charitable trusts, humanitarian agencies and international sporting codes, there is an incessant demand for change. Institutions are established to be venerable and long lasting, with rules intended to withstand the test of time.
It does appear more clearly now, that electronic news media, television and radio, and more recently the Internet played a significant role in destroying the apparent power of leaders who once held respected positions. Groups are forming everywhere to demand action on issues they think are important. The Internet empowers groups like this, not only to get members, but it also fuels them with information that makes those groups that are well led, formidable forces.
Moreover, across the Internet you can see future leaders, honing their skills, building their knowledge and their networks and preparing for action. That's a powerful force.