Monday, January 02, 2012

Platform for Collective Actions

Phil Simon wrote a book titled The Age of the Platform showing how Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple have created business models that support the actions of millions of users. A few years ago I read the book titled The Spider and the Starfish, in which the author told how Wikipedia and eBey were platforms supporting millions of owner-users. 

This graphic illustrates how the web sites of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC are intended to be a social problem solving platform that can be used by people throughout the world who focus on the challenges poor kids face in moving from birth to jobs and careers over the first 20 to 30 years of their lives. 

A social problem solving platform would include:
a) data related to specific issue/problem, 
b) ways to draw millions to the platform; 
c) ways to engage the people with the data in order to create shared understanding and, 
d) ways to point the efforts of the group to places within geographic boundaries where the ideas and action can support constant improvement, or betterment, resolution of the problem. 

This map shows the platform I've been trying to build for more than a decade. It shows many areas where others can share ownership and responsibility for building this platform and for encouraging others to use it. 

I think it can apply in any city/urban area and thus partners/talent to build it can come from any part of the world. Now I need to find investors or partners to help build this platform to meet its potential and the do more to connect people who can help and people, youth and programs in places where help is needed. Know anyone at Google?

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