Tomorrow is Yesterday..
…in internet time. Before we can ‘get a handle’ ** on what is happening, it already has. Have you heard about the internet, Web 1.0, Web 2.0, ..3.0, yet? It is not complete and won’t be completed. It is both developed and further developing, 24/7, in real-time, right before our eyes. And for the first time in our cumulative history, much of our ‘cumulative history’ can be seen and examined, real-time, 24/7, in a way that we can perhaps avoid some of our past mistakes, even those of our IMMEDIATE past, if we cooperate to do so.
However, to cooperate in a manner that reflects our shared insight and serves our mutual needs, a new form of interaction and shared governance will also have to emerge. And it will have to both emerge and then converge into the developing situation that it also serves. That’s a tall order on such short notice.
We have barely had time to reflect on our past and now we are being jettisoned into our collective future without any means of managing our interaction, our need for 24/7 re-adjustment to our changing culture – of CHANGE.
We are still accustomed to the ‘stop-and-go’ of local bureaucracy and are being asked to yield and merge into the online ‘clover-leafs’ of group interaction, and the convergence of instant analysis and instant response required to safely travel the new high-speed information highway, globally.
Overwhelmed yet? – don’t be. As with most things, the past holds the key to the future. Futurists have been envisioning and artists have been depicting what some can’t imagine. Business analysts have been identifying current needs and turning those ‘user stories’ into working models and program upgrades. Consultants have been assisting with strategic planning and just-in-time execution of chosen initiatives. Project managers have been breaking these efforts into bite-sized actions that can be resourced, executed, tracked, adjusted, and completed in initiatives that ultimately roll up to create the desired outcomes. Historians have been archiving our collective experience, much of which is now available in digital format, from virtually anywhere. Experts have been adding their expertise and novices have been stating their opinions about all of the above until we are all on information overload.
How can we translate all this ‘commentary’ into meaningful CHANGE?
The opportunity of the future only requires that we listen to these lessons from the past, and apply these learned concepts to the future. Individually they represent our desires, define the action, partition the effort, enroll our participation. Collectively they manage its completion. Systematically, they allow for us to make CHANGE our new business, and our new MUTUAL benefit – GLOBALLY.
A few ‘rules of the road’ still apply:
As we back out of our local driveway and pull onto the global highway we will need
both a ‘mirror’ (to the past) and an ‘anti-fogging agent’ for our windshield (future).
**NOTE: Just like in the past, neither you nor I can ‘drive safely’
…if WE don’t hold the steering wheel…because…
Our mutual self-interests can be mis-represented by politicians who abandon statesmanship.
Our government BY the people can become oppression OF the people…
And, we don’t need more ‘road rage’, we need more cooperation…
Now, where’s the online ‘governance system’ that allows us to:
reflect on our collective history as we prepare for our mutual destiny
share our collective insight as we recognize the need for change,
aggregate our collective capacity and represent our collective interests,
then change to survive, and repeat that cycle – again (and again)
as we reflect back…to the future”?
Who can benefit? – our families, our businesses, our cities, our neighbors, our countries, our world.
Who can co-manage that self-governing and self-correcting approach, 24/7?
– WE Can – WILL we ?
What’s about YOU? – care to comment?
– dare to COOPERATE?
Written by gsbigger
July 17, 2008 at 6:05 pm
Posted in social networking
Tagged with Advertising, ambient knowledge, Business 2.0, business networking, collaboration, Communities, Facebook, Google, Marketing, Media 2.0, Office 2.0, relationship economy, social media, social networking, social networks, Social Software, social web, socialution, WEB 2.0, Web Strategy, Web Usage, Wikinomics