Interconnectedness is awesome
But the truth is that every day, traditional levels of mediation are being dissolved, supplanted and replaced with peer-to-peer contact – or in the case of me and Stella Artois you might call it “peer-to-beer”.
And while many are still left out, more nodes are being added every minute of every day. The net result is we are all now articulating the same paradigm of interconnectedness. We are just coming at it from a different angle, using our peculiar industry dialects.
So here are just a few statements plucked from yesterday’s live Ted conference (@TedNews). I am sure you will find at least one that resonates in some fashion:
“Your connections to all the things around you literally define who you are.” – Aaron O’Connell, Quantum physicist
“A conscious mind is a mind with a self in it.” – Antonio Damasio, neuroscientist. “There are three levels of self: proto self, core self, autobiographical self.”
"I love the apparent truth of theater. I love that people are willing to fill in the blanks.” – Julie Taymor, opera director.
"Here I was, an analyst at a hedge fund. It was very strange for me to do something of social value.” – Salman Khan, educator, founder of Khan Academy
“In the Egyptian revolution, everyone has contributed something to bring us one of the most inspiring stories in the history of mankind.” – Wael Ghonim, Egyptian cyber activist
"The idea of understanding your brand is a universal problem." – Morgan Spurlock, documentary film-maker. "Today, more than ever, a little honesty goes a long way. When you train your employees to be risk-averse, then you’re making your whole company reward-challenged.”
Personally, I have always considered myself a member of the awkward squad in this new interconnected world. But there is no way out, you know.