One of the major catalysts that broke me out onto the technology scene was an invitation by Ideas Project to submit a video for their site. In case you’re unaware, Ideas Project is hosted by Nokia, and features videos and articles by people who are thinking about the future of communication and technology. Anyone can submit an idea (like I did), and the site can keep you busy for hours learning about new technological developments, inspiring projects being done, and disruptive ideas about where things are headed.
At the moment, they’re running a “Question of the Week” series, and this week they posted mine. I only had so many characters for the question, so I want to frame it within its context a little better, and maybe you can submit a comment to the site if you’re intrigued.
As you may know, we just got the Junto conversation prototype up and running on Friday, and the concept is totally taking off. The long view is to build an infrastructure, ebiidii, which will run these live video-based public discussions so people globally can connect and solve problems that matter. And the amazing thing is, like Twitter, it would be a 24/7 discussion. We could get things done QUICK. (To learn more, check here and here.)
This entire pursuit manifested out of my explorations into the power of networks, and why they could be so important. Over the months, I’ve become very aware of who I follow on Twitter and who’s writing blogs I enjoy. I now have everyone I follow on a list, and I’m now in the process of refining my lists to indicate where people seem to fall within a process. For instance, there are those people who are front end – Instigators, Manifestors, Catalysts, Inspirators – people who bring in the vision, the resources, and the excitement to start a project. Then you have the middle people – your Pathfinders, figuring out a course of action, Facilitators and Propagators moving things forward, Advocators spreading the message, Archivers and Spectators and Reflectors and Readers, documenting and thinking about what’s happening and what could happen, Pacifiers keeping emotions balanced, Provocateurs challenging the norms and questioning assumptions. And I don’t know if there are end people…. is our work ever really done? (Thanks to @notthisbody & @wildcat2030 for framing roles in this way for me. Check out more by them in Friendships in Hyperconnectivity on Twine.)
I think life is iterative, and we just keep pushing forward.
So that brings us to the Ideas Project question. So, what will happen when we get better about understanding of our gifts and skills and how and where we fit best within a process? (and there will be overlap, we play many roles). What happens when you understand the people you follow, what they have to offer, and build trust with them? What happens when you can extend that trust network into other trust networks working on similar ideas and initiatives? And this could literally be anything – the challenges we face as individuals and as people are tremendous. Whether its coordinating with other people to share resources to build a business, engaging in peacebuilding across nations, developing infrastructure in 3rd world countries, or figuring out how to solve the energy crisis – I truly believe that there are no problems we face that cannot be solved through global cooperation and collaboration.
So, with that said, please follow the link and post your comment about what could be accomplished with a trust network: