Social Chemistry 101
WOW – just when I thought I was safe from the agony* and defeat** of Freshman Chemistry, here it is from Rick Liebling of EYECUBE –
( *I have a “minor in it”) (** finally learned that it was just the +/- laws of attraction)
As we enter the new dimensions of our interconnected world, it is important and necessary (and a stroke of pure genius) to envision the relational aspects of the micro-components that comprise the covalent bonds that we will have to co-VALIANTLY share.
This serves as a familiar physical metaphor to our new virtual environments. Elementally, some things (people) are what they are. Some (as noted on the KEY to the Table) will be ‘key’ elements. Some will express themselves and strongly influence any partnership that they may form – some will even dominate. Some will gather into compounds, some will be catalysts to those formations, and some will resist like water in oil, unable to blend with the others without some intervention.
And, at the root of it all will be invisible +/- forces that create those weak or strong bonds, or the repulsion that prevents them. Those forces are already measured in the ‘hard’ sciences and are now being discussed in the ‘soft’ social science circles as brand, identity, and social capital (for example). Once a valuation formula is ‘approved’, these ‘forces’ will in turn be the published metric for our individual worth (social capital) within our collective universe (U-Netted Nations) of this new ‘Relationship Economy’ – if we chose to cooperate (bond).
Just as formulas can prescribe how each combination should be constructed and predict how that reaction will work, so too we will need prescriptions for co-managing ourselves at these new intersections of our shared virtual space. Interaction between once-segregated kingdoms now begs for self-governance across border-less international expanses. And to enjoy that co-managed approach, we will have to revert to some basic principles and core values and concepts that are familiar, and can scale from personal to local to regional to global.
The nice thing is that some things are ‘constants’. At the core of math and science are the basic ones and zeros and +/- charges that make up the rest of the ‘rules’. So now:
– what are the core rules for our global ‘social interoperability’?
They should be as “simple as possible,
but not one bit simpler” (so said Einstein).
No doubt the framework of this well crafted Table of the Elements of our social spaces offers a new frame of reference for our insight. But the very next challenge will be how – and how well – we can deliberate its usefulness and make any other needed improvements – instead of repelling each other over some insignificant subscript or superscript notation – or who gets to influence more +/- power than the others.
That next framework will define OUR ‘reaction’ process.
It also needs to be ‘core’ simple – but fully scalable
and create sustainable solutions.
It will serve us individually, and collectively, to discover how each one of us is unique and how that uniqueness can contribute to others. Some ‘arrangements’ will never be created without the alignment of opposites – made possible by intermediaries. Like chemistry, without knowing what to use and how to blend, and what to expect, we can waste precious resources creating long-chain results that are not useful (sustainable) and worse yet will not easily decompose for our re-purposing (green).
Given the Table as a reminder, perhaps it doesn’t have to be that agonizing. Perhaps we only need to ask the right elemental questions (or ASK4) before we attempt to create compound answers that hopefully serve us all equitably. Perhaps we can avoid being defeated by first looking at the “positive and negative” aspects of each proposed formula, then considering what predictably can or should happen before taking the risk of individually or collectively reacting, or blowing up our live-in laboratory.
What’s about YOU? – care to comment?
– dare to COOPERATE?
ASK4™ CAN BE…
(THE QUESTIONS THAT FIND…)
THE ANSWERS YOU NEED
Written by gsbigger
February 23, 2009 at 2:22 pm
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