It’s funny how things work out sometimes. Since the beginning, ‘language’ has been a core pillar of People First. I’ve written about it from time to time, but was not intending to get into the meat for a while. Then – after last week’s newsletter, I received an email that resonated in so many ways, that this week’s newsletter morphed into riff on …. Language.
And then this morning, I was just browsing through some of my draft posts deciding what to publish next – and up pops this from Hugh Macleod and Gaping Void.
Titans of Social Media explain why they might have made a mistake.
There has been a lot of recent commentary on social media addiction, but this video summary was interesting, concise and in 15 minutes says it all.
To me what is interesting is that they all say that they could see it coming … and then did it anyway. What does that say about them. It certainly doesn’t say that they ‘put people first’. Continue reading →
People First is delighted to share work that is relevant to our initiatives. Geoffrey Moore is an author, speaker and management strategy advisor. His work has influenced the careers of many of us at People First and we are excited he granted us permission to share this particular article.
In this third article, Geoff touches on something that caught our eye. Things change. Fast. The line that says it all: “To quote a hopefully soon-to-be would be candidate for president, Silicon Valley’s version of the innovation game is rigged!” (Doesn’t that seem to be such a long time ago?). Every day we see that institutions we thought were one thing are now under attack. Silicon Valley is no different. It’s a struggle for us to make sense of it all. Thus we would argue that it might well be the exception …. but it definitely not the only way to solve the problem.
There is a cottage industry in conducting executive tours of Silicon Valley, and now increasingly San Francisco SOMA, to expose teams from other parts of the planet to what is admittedly a uniquely successful culture of innovation and wealth creation. I’m all for it up to a point. Where I part company from the herd is with the notion that global corporations have a chance in hell of playing the same game. They don’t. Here’s why.
Hurricane Harvey dropped 52 inches of rain and 27 trillion gallons of water on Texas and Louisiana. And a new kind of “All-hands-on-deck” response emerged.
Glenn Reynolds, author of An Army of Davids, writes: “But the real difference isn’t citizens getting involved, it’s the willingness of responsible officials to see that involvement as a plus rather than a potential problem … the excellent record of civilian volunteer responders in the post-9/11 record is behind that willingness.”
The Cajun Navy flotilla of private boat owners demonstrated the value of government, the private sector and regular people working together. The value of such cooperation in earlier disasters like Katrina and Sandy increased the ability to coordinate when Harvey struck.
If you are old enough and you were living in the UK in the 60s, I am sure the answer is a resounding, “Yes!”
I am well aware the TV series was also shown in Canada and the US, but I think it’s one of those peculiarly English productions that didn’t translate too well. For those of you not old enough (most of you I am guessing), this is a key line from the show that always struck me: “I am not a number—I am a free man!”
Prescient, when you realize, to quote Wikipedia that …
a major theme of the series is individualism, as represented by Number Six, versus collectivism, as represented by Number Two…. McGoohan [the co-creator of the show], stated that the series aimed to demonstrate a balance between the two points.
Now if that is not a “discussion for our times,” I’m not sure what is! And as you can see, this debate has been occupying me for some time. Then, along comes Gaping Void to point out something similar.
If we don’t care—why should the government or corporations?
Working through the news this morning, my eyes caught three different articles that I felt were pertinent to People First.
A fascinating article—if a tad ‘self’-repetitive from the thoughtful David Byrne. The final line from his piece that examines the role of technology is contributing to and detracting from human interaction and engagement. No specific solutions, which is good, since the answers lie with ‘we the people’.
“We” do not exist as isolated individuals. We, as individuals, are inhabitants of networks; we are relationships. That is how we prosper and thrive.
Forty years ago, I belonged to an organization called RILKO. As you can see—they still exist. A friend of mine, Randall Rospond, Posted this to his site today. And it occurred to me that this too is a ‘little bit’ of lost knowledge that we could so easily regain… with thought.