Change Management Training Step 1: Understand What’s Driving Change

The Luddites: Fighting Against The Future

Early in the 1800s textile mills first began to appear in England. The wool-finishing machines inside these early factories were seen as high-tech wonders at the time. Each piece of equipment could easily produce as much output as four or five people working as “croppers.” The job could be done quicker, cheaper, and, in some ways, better by the new tools.

The mills soon began to replace the traditional cottage culture made up of weavers, combers, and dressers of wool. This was downsizing, 19th century style. For hundreds of years these people had worked out of their homes or in small village shops. They made a living using machines that could be run by a single person, sometimes with the help of children. Seeing their jobs eliminated by the new Industrial Society, they revolted ...