Life’s fast, reading isn’t
I’ll try to keep this short. This very statement is the issue at hand. The fact that you’re reading this may make you a minority. This is text that I am typing, it’s slow and demands that we delve into our scary, infinite minds. As we seemingly move from an age of limited information to one of information overload, scarcity is not a concern anymore. The problem is surplus. Which raises the question, how can we responsibly know what to consume versus overlook?
Globalism & Tribalism: Two Forces At Work
Lately I have been fascinated with the idea of two opposing forces going toe to toe. I can’t help but to think of Newton’s 3rd law of motion stating that for every action there is an opposite yet equal reaction. That all the energy in the world is already out there looking to be converted into another means. This brings me to the concept of globalism and it’s opposite, yet equal, force tribalism. In a nut shell it basically states that as the world is constantly getting smaller (globalism) the world is in fact getting larger (tribalism). Through globalization, there is an active blurring of boundaries yet our world seems to constantly be splintering into smaller and smaller categories. The world is a mass of niches which we can constantly subdivide.
As Seth Godin says, “Ideas that spread, win.” So how do you prime your ideas so that they spread easily? There is no science to it but I believe the Internet culture provides us with some clues.
Ideas That Spread Are…
Free – There are no barriers to adoption. Ideas that win are easily accessible, sharable, and linkable. There are no pay-walls, prices, or other economic barriers to prevent others from adopting them. The best ideas are accessible on an array of platforms with different flavors and perspectives in order to give a well rounded presentation of the concept. They are universal truths that speak to the soul of the human character. These ideas have a viral quality about them built into the fabric of its architecture. The best ideas travel fast across physical and digital barriers. In truth, no one “owns” an idea, it’s best to treat them so.
Open – The ideas that win today embrace the Internet’s remix culture. They are filed under the Creative Commons copyright and are encouraged to be dissected, broken, built upon, and changed. These ideas are platforms where others launch their own ideas off of. Others tinker with the idea in order to grow it, cultivate and unlock hidden potential within them. They are vulnerable, transparent, and public. The best ideas have nothing to hide and they serve the community by adding to the human body of experience. The more people feed the idea, the better it gets. Read More…
The Next Step In Breaking Down Physical And Digital Barriers
You can always count on technology to change the game. Technology is disruptive by nature and forces everyone to adapt; the quicker you can, the better you’re off. We all know that information technology is taking off and that the mobile world is changing our day to day lives. It is slowly but surely blurring the digital world with the physical one, especially when it comes to virtual reality. When you see these technologies begin to pop up, you can start to see where the trend is going. Though many industries can benefit from this technology, advertising, gaming, and education will benefit the most. With their adoption of game dynamics, these content enriching platforms can really help us cross the digital/physical and virtual/real barriers. The age of meta-data has surely arrived.
Barriers are breaking down. QR codes and NFC chips are changing the mobile information game by helping us bring our phones deeper into our physical world. Though the possibilities have not been nearly exhausted, I am really excited about the recent developments in other technologies. We now have more opportunities and mediums to break down the physical and digital barrier. Read More…
Sharing Is Caring: The Rise Of The Sharing Economy
There have been a few interesting developments happening lately, trends you might say, that have been gaining a lot of momentum and interest. One could even go as far as to say that these developments are challenging the entire idea of ownership and in a way identity. In a hyper materialistic, individualistic world, one is often defined by their possessions in attempts to benchmark their value and status against others. That is why when you see companies like Mashape, NeighborGoods, Zipcar, or Airbnb, spring up through the sharing movement, you can begin to see the impressions they are leaving on American identity; specifically the Millenials. And just think, all of this is rooted in a simple idea; sharing.
So What Happened And How Did We Get Here?
I am not really sure but when you think about it, the blueprints had been laid out for sometime. First and foremost, the Internet has brought us closer together than we had ever hoped to imagine. Nothing has helped grow the idea of the “global village” and globalization for that matter than communication and information technology; mainly the Internet. Throughout the course of the Internet’s short history, we have seen the adoption of the freemium model, P2P networks, and social media. At the same time we have seen a growth in crowdsourcing, open source technology/movements, APIs, and Creative Commons. Essentially, it is easy to share online when the cost is zero for the user.
Millenials grew up with illegal music downloading companies like Napster and Limewire, blogs, and video viewing sites like YouTube and Hulu, all disruptive companies and phenomenas whose services, prior to the Internet, were once paid for. These sharing networks not only democratized information but shifted the equity from money to reputation. You could say that online, your influence and reputation is where you find your wealth and success. With that being said, does the heavy sharing online translate from the digital world to the physical one? Is the concept of sharing so en-grained that Millenials won’t think twice about it when it comes to sharing offline? I think so and a these companies are betting on it too.
Further more, what about phenomenons like Internet memes, Kickstarter, or The Huffington Post? Crowdsourcing is at the root of all of these. I specifically enjoy the popular Rage Comics, which is open and crowdsourced at the same time. Just think, that’s open and crowdsourced comedy folks. The success of all of these is reliant on the concept of sharing. Social media is simply the tool we use to share.
Let’s Start A Learning Revolution
Let’s face it, the traditional, 20th century, norms of higher education that helped bring our country to where it is today simply don’t fit like they used to. New economic and social forces are challenging the path we are all accustomed to and something needs to change if we want to stay competitive in this connected, global world.
Not to beat a dead horse, but things changed after the recession and are continuing to do so. College education is becoming more unaffordable and student debt is crippling the youth. Sooner or later something will give and I often ask myself what will that be? When I see things like this, it keeps me optimistic. I love what Skillshare and The Khan Academy are doing and, with them leading the way, the new players in education are starting to show their face.
I am not sure how, but something must and will be done. We just have to trust in our resourcefulness. I’d like to know that I’m not alone when I think this.
My beautiful mother sent me this video clip about a month ago and it gets me every time. Life moves so fast and we often do not take the time to enjoy it. Especially during the holiday season, let’s make it a point to enjoy life to the fullest before it slips away.
It is a very sad reality, and if we are not strong, we’ll find ourselves alone. – Claudia Fonseca
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Recently, there has been a lot of talk on net neutrality. Simply put, net neutrality is the theory that Internet providers, (i.e Comcast, Verizon, AT&T) should not tier their Internet speed and availability according to bandwidth use or a price the user pays for the service. In essence, the more high speed Internet you use, the more you have to cough up, creating two types of Internet users; the haves and the have-nots.