Posts Tagged ‘people’

You probably remember about M. McLuhan’s theories about media, considering what we mostly hold from an exposure to a “message”, through a “media”, is the media itself, more than the message…Strange but finally, and even it’s more complicated than this simple figure, it shows us the increased complexity of our brain. But now and there, this is not the main item I would like to talk about, but transpose the results in the 2.0 era. But not only. I mean, it’s not only in 2.0 features we could find, what I’m gonna explain.


The rising period where information comes and goes from nowhere, and is spread everywhere by everyone leads to a global cloud of too much information. Different shapes, times and screens, devices, breaks…All around us increases the risk for mistake, misinformation or hoax, disturbing our ability to think about the content and the essence of the message. As we try to navigate into this misfit ocean, we’re usually lazy to get the facts and go to easiness: listen to a famous, well-known star, influencer, relevant speaker and so long. So we get more from “who” than really from “what” or “how”. Here we go, listening a kind of information guru, waiting for holy words, who we don’t remind after. The only thing we can recognize or remember is probably “who” told us, more than the content of the message itself. An incredibly worrying and disappointing fact that means a lot for advertisers. The same effect leading to be aware of “people” like potential medias, the same that creates “value” for people, like medias did before. Why bloggers and influencers are probably difficult to touch/to buy let us more aware of the real contents they deliver: is it because they are famous that contents they provide are interesting or do they really deliver smart contents? Which makes sense?


I do strongly believe we more and more paying attention to who says, than really in the delivered content…A kind of subtile way to believe in icons, influencers, experts moreover but meaning that we must pay double attention to “noise” or information. Elements are probably guided more by the vehicle than the debate. So, the next time, simply ask yourself “whose benefit it is”, and dig deeply to sort what kind of information do we facing, and in the end, who delivered it…Guess you’ll have surprise how naive we can be, when we’re stunned by a so called “expert” and how much we can easily agree without using our brain. The easiness of flow in twitters, blogs, rss…find us in front of the “crowded mass of information”, and who is better than a well known “people” to secure ourselves? Maybe our last instinct of sanity, trying to keep our mind and critical ability enabled!

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I’m always breathless in front of people initiatives, like when lots of men or women, decide only for others welfare, to go in the same direction, giving help, some money or knowledge, in the goal of a whole community construction. It seems like a silent force, that builds itself with the project and vanish away, as the project starts. What are motivations, how can they grow as fast as they do, and make something real, while other attempts stayed successless?

I think making sense is one of the first step, before even thinking of doing money or business…VC or banks could be feared of such ideas, but money comes, money goes, as often the idea and the company builds itself. If you’re making sense, if you follow kind of karma, belief or conviction, you will be probably more motivated and in the conditions of success, even if resources are still missing. Faith and force can move mountains, and are able to give vision and empowerment for teams.

I followed some ventures like kiva.org or zopa, that are bright examples of lots of silent forces which take form in whole projects, all over the world, with borrowers they don’t know who build their own small business of various kind. I like the idea trust can be a real engine of innovation, with no other frontier than being interested in “one another”. It seems like, after human created money, human returned to human, in being aware of the concrete life of creating “things” and not money.

Kiva, doing an awesome local work of intermediate between poor actors who want to create their own business, and “social” lenders who want to help, succeed since they started in 2005, to raise loans until nearly 130 $ millions…Incredible when you know that average amount is “only” of $ 187 per lender…that suppose “bulk” actively shapping the future of many small business!

But to do so, it has to be scheduled in a perfect process, allowing security, transparence, real social needs and projects and kind of “return” assurance that projects and money are concretely built. Process pass through several steps, including examination of outreaching social/poors intents, customization of the project to the target, side benefits for environment, climate and families and the responsability of local agents – who identify projects and make them “buyable” -. More than 330.000 business have now received money from Kiva’s help…for a refund rate of more than 98%…serious, isn’t it?

Recently, reading at MIT sloan review, was an interesting link to kind of essay on “science of management”, as we start to think in matter of “science” for management. Maybe limits of classical and rational aspects of managements have been overflowed and we need to get into another dimension: roots, DNA and genome. The MIT Collective Intelligence Center acts on research on group, communities and crowd dynamics, going one step further: is there any doom-like, predictive facts or figures that could explain, collective mindset and results?

Staring at motivations, we can see there’s a silent crowd and power that makes all these collective masterpieces, probably born in a common envy for innovation. Because ideas and thoughts are the beginning of anything, they are nothing without envy, motivation and collective passion. Some might add “execution”, and they are right. I call it the “power of bulk”, you know, the bulk that is shaped with “one” and “another”, whom taken apart can’t succeed, but in a collective dynamic trend, can move mountains. I believe, I believe in dynamic of change, I hope it’s probably the only thing that is equally shared. This kind of behaviour and mindset, shaping the two faces of change is extremely powerful: a kind of positive human force some companies know of, innovation engine drifted by initiative, feeling and sense. “Sense always guides to a useful goal”, means it’s the first step to find: giving a whole collaborative sense to any project, idea or group work, to sustain envy, motivation and core soul.

I would end my demonstration with the idea of “do something” (borrowed to dosomething.org by Nancy Lublin). This idea of empowering sleeping forces, in our deepest places of body and soul, leading them to “offline” concrete entreprises, with dynamic groups is really interesting. Not really with much leans or money (she prays for “zilch” experience), but willingness to achieve something. Just action to “do something” to make a “thing done”, to build a community experience, using social links, web and apps to raise efficiency and leverage. If more is less, so less can be a single atom, the essential genoma of inno-ciency, merging whisper of an idea to accuracy and force of action…

And I’m always starving for this…

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I could stay hours facing the sea, shores, come and go movement of waves, like and endless cure, vision of what is, was and will. A genuine force of nature, that can bring us new things : ressources, ideas, vision ; making up our mind, throwing away bad thoughts, changing what we always consider as foundings. The advantage of being “intelligence-oriented”, brain built, taking the lead on our animal instincts. The advantage of making the web real and alive.

Years ago, I stared vibrations as a mathematic concept, analyzing waves, circles and theories, between, causes, effects, between forces and energies. I was surprised and full of doubt (considering specially chaos theory, where nothing can be planned, in a kind of organisation…a strange kind we say), stepping from circles, formulas and graphs to vibrations and waves.

I was not be able yet to make some link effects, or reliable cause, with human vibrations and social networks no the web. But this time, I’m sure there is something around, that guide us in our social web relations, in the shape, style or result, but invisible in the way we use it: I can call it, intuition; feelings.

This can lead us to vibrate in the same frequency, appreciate the same things, sharing the same projects, lifes of whatever. I would call it: the flow

But in the contrary, we are rich of differences, we can vibrate in contrary movements, frequencies, making the common building in stability. I would call it: the ebb tide

And what about social media ?
Yes, you probably found out what I liked to draw, exploring these aims. Get your kicks, on the road – not 66 this time 😉 -, but on the tracks to social publishing. And see what became of these natural features: spreading your knowledge, publish, post, give water and feed to whole world. This is the first movement of endless dance, the flow…Then, get your ears and eyes wide opened, and prepare to read, stare, listen…aware to accurate comments, advises and starting to vibre at the same frequency. You brought something to common buildings, you added a stone, gave the tune. Well, you saw the ebb in function…
Flow doesn’t work without ebb: flow gives you the necessary kick to move, to think, to act, probably some ideas, and…friends ? And ebb can withdraw the black face, mistakes, and give you a new shap, a new state of mind, by getting the best from others. A fountain of new youthful, an endless chance of learning anything, from anybody; what can be more interesting, more hopeful than this ?

Now there are times for sustainable visions, in economics, ecology and social awareness ; but there are still miles from social media wealth to be understood in corporations, like a real new leverage way, to several conquests: motivation, promotion, innovation and brand new power revival, that’s the way to go, to recreate the next turning wheel, that can lead bulk to reborn: new fields of consumering, sharing, and partnership. The weapon is no longer dangerous but powerful, provided by people good sense, there’s nothing to do but listen how the wind blows, and last (but not least) reference, how the tide can provide it.

Vibrations, waves and relation make the world goes round. A kind of new energy we can’t waste – regarding classical energies vanishing more and more, or going more expensive -, a new kind of green, free, friendship energy. The next graal conquest ?

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Bridges to Heaven

Bridges make part of our dreams. Always have. When I was young, I stayed hours in front of building sites, watching cranes and trucks manage with ground and elements. Who have never dreamed of, drive some huge trucks and be a modern ranger, drawing tracks, roads and buildings…and bridges ?

Bridges make all true. It build from a situation past, to a new one ; linked, kind of passage way, in a conquest field. It’s a part of modern and technology revolution, to rejoin parts away. It pushes the limits far away, connect people, cancel distances and time. Even old Star Trek’s “time-shifting” was considered as a bridge canceling time (or save it !).


Web history has some similar effects. Not that it was the first aim, but it drives us in the same footprints, in some ways. By the seduction and exponantial rise, we open each day, thousands of ways, thousands of bridges, those which look like mazes sometimes (and highly-used by some computing virus !), which are amazing opportunities for knowledge, meet and teach ourselves daily behaviors. Opportunities to discover hidden people, living in dark sides, with such deep messages to ear. It’s not to talk about “power to the people”, but only let’s give a few speak to one who never have. It’s not about make long discussion, with expert’s points of view. Send the sentences from the silence. Go.

World noise is on the web. Just like a bee-house, never ending activity, and you’re a part of it. But it’s supposed not to be too “polluted place”, and stay a place of pleasure.

Let’s consider it like a real bridge masterpiece ; a bridge to heavenly moments, where nobody takes attention in time anymore, where all equal, everyone bringing its rock to this new construction, kind of eden place. Thinking about new step, linking with space’s aliens, trying to communicate with us. Create the new garden of peace : who now, is tempted to eat the forbidden fruit once more…?

You never had the speech skill ? Go, now for it !


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