Monday, April 01, 2013

Create a SWARM of engagement

This video was introduced to me via one of my Facebook groups today. I encourage you to take 15 minutes to view it.

As I review this I think of a book I read a few years ago, talking about the strength of decentralized organizations, called The Starfish and the Spider (see link) , and my own efforts to connect people, ideas and actions, as described in this presentation.

There are many ideas about creating an information hub that connects people from around the world with information related to a problem, such as poverty, the environment, global warming, etc. along with hubs that provide practical ideas for solving the problem, based on what people in some places are already doing.

As this graphic suggests, these ideas are all connected in a larger wheel of global well-being.

The challenge that we face now is finding ways to connect those who are already involved to each other, and creating linkages that connect groups to each other, so people and ideas and resources can flow through the network to support the many different efforts, and to act as a glue or gravity that pulls them closer together.

If we don't do this more and more hubs and platforms will launch, and instead of a gravity pulling us together there will be a vacuum in which we drift further and further apart, with random clusters forming and reforming as resources and public attention become available.

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