It used to be Wall Street and Main Street.
Now it’s Wall Street versus Main Street.

When you read all the analysis, what can I add, other than connecting the articles to a story that highlights the challenges society faces through this pandemic. The stories are new, the underlying themes are not. I have been talking about them for a couple of years. What is new is that they are getting broader attention. Amplification.

Now we need to do something about it. Before we fall back into the ‘normal’. Or worse – accept a ‘new’ normal, because that is ‘just the way it is’.

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When Henry Blodget writes an opinion piece about the inequality in modern America … concluding with

“It’s time for a more balanced approach”

Henry Blodget

Then I guess it must be time!

On the click through– a good read, some informative images, and the fact that the whole things is sitting in the LinkedIN silo shouldn’t put you off. In particular he writes;

… the problem with the profit-maximization obsession is that it hurts the economy.

Henry Blodget

I have to say – I agree.

It’s pretty simple really .. and a central theme of mine. In fact, I go further. It’s bad for society.

The ‘graphic story’ I have in the works shows why. Don’t worry – it won’t be as complex as the Mueller one.

I am often asked what People First is about and how it differs to everything else that goes on in the identity/data/self-sovereign/blockchain … blah blah blah space? I was asked again this morning. I replied, but as so often happens, the essence of the message was not specifically ‘private’ – and so this post emerged.

If you check out The DigLife Collective, The Me2B Alliance, The People Centered Internet, The Internet Identity Workshop, The Indie Web Movement, Human First Tech … even the IEEE to name just a few organizations 1 that tangentially relate to People First … they all seem to be feeling their way around the elephant and interpreting the trunk, tail, tusk, foot accordingly. Nothing wrong with what they are doing … all focussed on their individual missions.

In my email exchange, I was taken by one phrase;

“It really has to do with bridging that chasm between technology makers and people.”

That idea is often referenced, with variations of actual words used. The meaning is constant. The visual is instant. Or is it?

It dawned on me …

When engineers build bridges, they always build from both sides.

When Building Bridges – You Start From Both Sides

My ah-ha moment … was understanding that the technology makers recognize the need to cross the chasm – but all seem to be building from the ‘Tech Side’. People First is building the bridge from the ‘People Side’.

Does anyone know of any other organization that is building the bridge from the ‘People Side’? I sure would like to talk with them.

In Brief

People make their money through ‘business’.

People save or spend their money with a ‘business’.

People are thus central to any business.

So why does it seem that People are an afterthought?

People First is focussed on a new way for People and Business to engage.

We put people at the center of ‘The Business Equation’ because ‘The Future Of Work’ is only part of the problem, the bigger problem is ‘The Future of Business’.

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