At Innotribe in Toronto, we had a fantastic group of speakers. We call them “igniters”.
It was energizing and inspiring to see how some of them were each other’s fans on-line, some just met for the first time face-to-face at Sibos. Many of the discussions between speakers were definitely as interesting as the public appearances they made during the Tribe. We have to do something with these deep conversations…
During one of the few break moments, i got myself in a quite engaging discussion with Dan Robles from The Ingenesist Project and Social Flights. We shared our passions and our scarves, and i told Dan about my dream. I like to connect with people at their scarves- and passion-level… Finding the real soul, the real person and what is driving his/her dreams.
The dream of evolving this whole Innotribe event thing in something almost architectural.
Something artistic. Something that combines in a deep way high quality content, super facilitation, and performance. Emotional engagement. Deep conversations. Making an impact. Way beyond our little Inno-“tribe”. Societal impact. Awesomeness. With a richness of values of what it means to be human.
It all boils down to this old idea of mine of setting up a think tank on long term future, to prepare the next Values kit for our children.
I am worried and concerned. For our children. For my girl of six years old.
And apparently, i am not alone. Had a wonderful chat this week with Sam. Went all directions… until we talked about my princess.
And the most intriguing is what she said:
“My fingers don’t get dirty”
It was immediately clear to me she was born in digital. And I was thinking that in a couple of years from now, our children will say “my fingers do get dirty” when they make a real painting, on a canvas with wet paint…
It did not take years. Here we are, one year later, and here is a viral video of a two year old baby, who expects a paper magazine to behave like an iPAD.
I am worried and concerned. For our children. For my girl of six years old.
I am reading the posts “hypereconomics” by Mark Pesce. Already seven years ago, he asked that question:
“What happens after we’re all connected?”
Just one quote, as i know Mark hates to be overquoted and expects people to add their own content:
As we move further into a hypereconomy, we need to assemble value chains from the resources available to us. We need to be able to bring this material together with that design expertise, married to a fabrication capability, delivered via the appropriate transportation logistics. When we can do that, every individual will have the same capabilities to fashion an assembly line that Henry Ford once commanded
Read the post. It’s scary and challenging at the same time.
We need to prepare our children and our pre GEN-Y’s for taking up leadership during the next 10-20 years. When the blurring between man-machine will have materialized. Maybe not the singularity, at least Paul Allen does not think so. But for sure when the frictionless economy will be there. And when it will be important to know what makes us more human humans.
A good book in this context is “The Most Human Human” by Brian Christian. (Amazon Affiliate link)
The story of the Turing test, of the speculation and enthusiasm and unease over artificial intelligence in general, is, then, the story of our speculation and enthusiasm and unease over ourselves. What are our abilities? What are we good at? What makes us special?
“Think Tank” is probably the wrong word. Too much talk-club. I was more thinking along the lines of a “movement”. A New Value Movement?
This desire to be part of such movement, that realization was indeed the main trigger to start this blog in the first place. Check out for example some older posts about “Singing my own song” and here about the Think Tank idea and here about “Great to Good: a new value kit”
The concept for a New Value Movement must have sticked on Dan’s ribs, and i was pleasantly surprised to receive a quite extensive thank-you letter from Dan referring to our conversation. I reproduce the letter below in its entirety (my highlights):
I don’t believe that I properly thanked you for your confidence in me to present to your truly important attendees at Innotribe.
I tried to go a bit further over the edge of provocation and I hope that I did not go too far. No sooner had we finished those amazing Innotribe sessions did the Occupy Wall Street movement largely validate much of your theme about a New Value movement. It is almost scary to see our prediction that people will re-organize around new value and directly challenge financial currency with social current (currency).
In addition, I learned tremendously at innotribe and my eyes were opened to many new ways of interpreting our goals. I have since updated much of my ongoing positions to reflect what I learned at Innotribe. The Big Data sessions, DAG, and Craig Burton’s API work were especially moving for me.
I believe that the time and technology are right for shifting factors of production away from Land, Labor, and Capital and toward Social, Creative, and Intellectual Assets. We are developing a simple web app which I believe can catalyze this shift at a remarkable rate. Please let me know if you would be willing to offer some comments or suggestions to this project.
Thanks again and please extend my gratitude to Kostas for his wonderful hospitality.
I am humbled and energized by encouragements like this and it goes without saying that i enthusiastically accept Dan’s invitation to comment on his project.
I also got several calls and reach-outs post-Sibos. From people who i spoke to some months ago about this Think Tank idea. And suddenly, all at the same time they want to talk about it again. It must have to so something with synchronicity. With emergence.
Somehow i feel like i have to take a big jump. Beyond the “classic” Innotribe events. Something bigger, with more impact on society. More depth and meaning.
Is it fear to jump ? Is it not being able to articulate it? And then – recently – somebody close to my heart wrote me:
i caught on to that from you, but you haven’t shared too much with me. it’s paradoxical that you talk about wanting depth and meaning, because you have come across as very closed to me when i see you in person… but maybe you are just distracted and focused? or maybe you are afraid to act as your true self in the swift/innotribe setting?
Am i just distracted and focused? I feel i am both.
- Very focused – like i wrote about my intensity in “Silence, I am painting”.
- Very distracted, as trying to keep-up with this information stream in my RSS feeds, the twitter stream, etc.
- Very distracted, as i have probably 20 drafts of blog posts sitting ready to publish.
- Very distracted, as i feel my creative energy becoming un-stoppable and ready to burst out something new, big, exciting, energizing, inspiring.
A colleague recently told me:
Peter, i think you need to re-connect with yourself.
Same thing. Fear to act as my true self in the swift/innotribe setting? Or in any setting ?
From time to time i use this blog to re-connect with myself. And to share some of these musings with you all out there.
In the hope that somebody reaches out. Shows me an open door.
Or like last week, reminds me that i am the “heavy artillery” when i think i have become persona-non-grata, because too deep, because too demanding and probably even more so because i don’t always live the values that i preach. Even rarely live them. And it is probably that what undermines trust. I expect trust and am surprised i don’t get it when i don’t live the values that i preach.
What suddenly stopped me in staying alive? Where have you see me changing?
My starting point for this blog in April 2009 was the realization that my mission was to “inspire others to dream”. Now i want to add emotion. In Dutch there is a word for this: “ontroering”. I tried to translate, and the closest i got was “thrill”.
Who wants to help me seeing clearly? Who wants to engage with me in this adventure? Who wants to help articulating what this New Values Movement is?
I am hungry for your feedback. Send me something in the comments of this blog post. Send me an email or DM me. And i need time to think.