U-Netted Nations™

It's about time… to take INDIVIDUAL responsibility for our MUTUAL benefit..

Whose Fault?

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This ‘tennis’ commercial for The Ladders (online resumes) depicts job search as a tennis match – with few if any rules, and everyone getting in on the game – ALL at once.

Imagine yourself somewhere in this picture. You are…in the game – and someone’s at fault!

This metaphor has many more applications, like showing the current state of the internet – social networking in particular. Everyone wants to be on the court – serving up their opinion or offering, standing behind the net that separates them from the ‘other side’, or trying to referee others who have served up something that is clearly out of bounds – “FAULT!!”…

Problem is (in WEB 2.0), there is no pre-qualification, no boundaries, no rules for winning, no game plan. Consider the Infosphere of the internet in which anyone can utter those words that pre-announce our fateful demise: “Here, hold my beer and watch this…”. Seen the latest idiot’s 15 seconds of infamy video?

Online I can out-shout you, can out-rant you, can out-perform you,,, ad nausea and etcetera. In the freedom that came with this self-publishing world, anyone can say anything, anytime, to anyone else – often with little positive effect. While rushing to have a say in the infinite open space of the web, we forgot to notice that total democracy can equate to total anarchy.

Who’s at fault for all that – WE are.

But ‘we’ can’t change that – unless ‘I’ choose to do so – and come to understand and appreciate and adhere to at least a few simple agreements.

How can “I” change all that? One insight at a time! One conversation at a time! One consensus at a time! One decision at a time! One initiative at a time! Then having done that, one re-consideration at a time!

Are you that ‘ONE’ ?

The realization that content is only as useful as its relevance is now at the forefront of the Semantic WEB 3.0. We are now advancing (back) to the structured approach that partitions our conversations and sequences our steps toward progress. Any database architect or project manager could have seen this dilemma coming and offered an insight if not a solution, if anyone was paying attention. Its hard to be heard as an ‘official’ when (virtually) everyone (else) is also in charge. For now there is no universally recognized approach. That will have to be one of the first things to change, and then keep changing.

It is nice to want to give everyone some playing time. But to do so at least requires a defined court, a defined manner and time to play, some means of determining official results so the next players can take the court as well.

  • Who should define that? – WE should.
  • Who should get to play? – WE should.
  • Who should call foul? – WE should

What will that new ‘game’ look like? (in terms of WEB 3.0)

  • Imagine a single portal through which you can express yourself freely
  • Imagine an awareness of everyone’s ideas within a global perspective
  • Imagine an economy in which your needs and expertise are valued
  • Imagine a community in which your relationships are enhanced
  • Imagine a self-correcting process of self-governance, globally
  • Imagine everyone adhering to and benefiting from cooperation
  • Imagine cooperation coming from consensus, shared insight
  • Imagine shared insight coming from objective collaboration
  • Imagine just enough structure to co-manage conversations
  • Imagine that all you had to do was “ASK for it”…
  • Imagine yourself as a U-Netted Nations citizen
  • Imagine consistently getting what you need
  • Imagine supplying what others desire
  • Imagine who could win? – WE should!

Game On..?




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PLEASE NOTE: While this website is my personal initiative, the ASK4™ approach is a participant-managed collaboration platform and the U-Netted Nations™ is the result of our ‘Collaboration On Purpose’. My voice becomes one in a million – immediately.



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  1. Good points as usual. The challenge of proper expression and defined contents coming from our keyboards rely on our wiliness to make ourselves available to learn from others and add our wisdom when we really pay attention on somebody’s.

    Ed Torres

    August 7, 2008 at 3:07 am

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