Of all the people on the earth, and I make no claim to know any figures, but of all the people on the earth, how many say things are going well enough, and if some major event occurs, it is a pretty sure bet we will recover? On the other side, how many say things are getting dire, and some major event is bound to occur, one we may not recover from for a very long time? However, is this question even pertinent? Perhaps that is the question we should take a poll on.
If we are going to have a poll maybe we should be asking the right questions. Fundamentally, what should we be asking? The question above implies asking if we value status quo. It asks if a general opinion is sufficient in determining the course of humanity. Implied is that we intend to do not much of anything, but wait and see, and that asking people’s opinion was enough of acting responsibly. Perhaps the real question being asked here is, given that we live in a lazy culture, given the uncertainty of the future, is it okay that we continue in a stupor, unresponsive and irresponsible? I fear to ask this question believing the answer likely to be, yes.
On one side of the coin, people are lazy and merely believe that the more their side wins the better life will be. On the other side of the coin, people are lazy, and choose to believe there is not much that can be done because our vulnerabilities outweigh our strengths. Certainly, though, the people must exist who are ready to do the work of responsible knowledge and responsible action. Not everyone has chosen to be lazy, self-centered, cowardice, and stupid. Is there another coin to toss? Is there another question to be asked?
Of the people willing to study an issue, weigh the options, find courage to choose reality, and take action using their own resources, of this group of people, what question divides the group into the A side and the B side? What is fundamental and most pertinent to ask about their motives that will or will not drive another evolution of our society, maybe one greater than the last two hundred years? What is the right question to ask of intelligent, courageous and altruistic people?
The right question is to ask, “What is it that empowers you as being the world’s 21st century evolution?” Of all
the foolish things they could cross off their list of answers, the first might be to complain. When someone whines, someone else wants to grease their squeaky wheel. Someone wants to shoot the messenger. All this ruckus is just that. They offer no effective solutions for success. The action of complaining even once should be our definition of stupidity. The intelligent person will say what works, and then revise their statement to say what works even better. So, our question for smart people is, “How are you empowered to take step by step changes toward a new tomorrow?
The answer to empowerment may come down on two sides. On one side, people know that the current connections that run the planet (you say what you think these are) that these webs of influence are key to evolving our future. Their power is already in place. Their resources are already in place. Their strategy is already in place. Their intelligence networks are already in place and resolve any issues that occur. Their time and effort are all that stand in the way of our society evolving to its next way of being. Personal support of these powerful influences exist simply as individuals doing the best they can to survive. We trust the process. We have faith in an outcome that is meaningful. This is one side of the coin.
On the other side of the coin, these people are largely in agreement with the above. Yes, the powers that be are definitely powerful. They are using extent resources to secure the future evolution. The timeline they created is already in place. Arguing against their intelligent and heavily supported plan would have no quality effect. But here is the difference. The resources of the powerful are not at all in place. The number one resource at hand has barely been addressed. The effect on plans for the new tomorrow is dire. To empower our tomorrow this massive resource will have to be refined and implemented. That resource is us. The answer to empowering smart people, and empowering the next tomorrow, is to resource the people.
Side B of the coin has this different outlook. Although the powers that be are just that, in the final analysis they come from us. They depend on us. Our babies are their future community. Our abilities to sweep the floor, to construct sky scrapers, and to build a new power grid are what keep them alive. Our ability to manifest the highest intelligence that will fill up Google and Wikipedia, this ability is also their ability. We educate their families. We create the culture so that enculturation may create their life style and train of thought. This last point is the important one. Who the people are is the culture as a whole. The person who is a slave owner cannot stop being a slave owner while he still owns slaves. A parent who spends each day not teaching their child cannot stop being a person who abuses children. The leaders of a world who do not lead the world to a better future cannot stop being poor leaders. On this side of the coin, smart people acknowledge we are all in this together. Empowering everyone as smart and courageous is the way to a new tomorrow.
“Ridiculous! You can’t tell people anything. All they want to do is complain and then go have another beer.” Often true. But don’t give up so easily. A handful of intelligent people have already created important evolutions in humanity. They gave us our ideas of philosophy, of religion, of science, of government, of rights, of legality, and the documents that guide nations for hundreds of years. A few intelligent people gave us smart phones and internet knowledge, and so revolutionized society overnight. The question yet on the table is how do intelligent people, even a few of them, recognize empowerment for the next revolution, the one where large masses of individuals decide they too can do the work of responsible and knowledgeable people.
The answer presented here is to say there is something no one has seen before. When lasers first were invented, and when the first smart phone was produced, people had not seen these before and so could not immediately see the utility of such a device. It takes time for new technology to assimilate into society. After a while society can’t see how we could function without the new technology. We must have our computers. We must have phones. We must have wheeled transportation. There is one more thing society must have, something they cannot yet see.
The something that society must realize, something that is a key feature of their new tomorrow, is already here. It already exists in its parts. These are things we all know about. These are things many already use daily. Just as Steve Jobs invented few of the elements that went into his smart phone, but he invented a method of incorporating various items together, and in line with human behavior. So is the solution to empowering tomorrow a matter of putting together elements into a package that consumers manage with ease. Eventually they find the utility, integrate it, and soon cannot live without the new device.
Our new device has things you may be familiar with. 1) Crowdsourcing is a way of engaging many people to do the things they have interest in or care most about. Impossible outcomes become possible when many people give a small effort. 2) Hierarchical order. We all enjoy an easy and logical presentation. A top-down order makes life easy. Ability to search and to filter the top-down order makes it even easier. 3) Personal content. People find meaning in sharing what defines their values. They need a place to present their finest. They want their presentation organized. They want the presentation to have a lasting effect. 4) Connection. It is all over the web. A key feature is how one item connects with another or with the many. Whether it is friends, coworkers, sales, trades, groups or information, all these take on a new life when meaningful connections form between what is similar or what is helpful. There is one more part to our device, one deserving special appreciation.
5) Meaning. This one may be the hardest to visualize, yet the most important. It will take time for people to realize that they can create meaning. We are moving meaning from on its static shelf and placing it in the creative intelligence of the populace. Meaning is flexible when minds associate in a manner that is flexible. All elements of our device target this flexibility. It is a beautiful thing when minds come together to create. That they can express an ability to create meaning is itself an exciting revelation. This is something new that people will assimilate as their new tomorrow. Even advertisers will employ meaning into their strategy, their connections, and their presentation. Assimilated, people won’t know how we managed to make society work without the ability to create meaning as a society.
These five elements, crowdsourcing, hierarchical order, personal content, connection and meaning, these five devices are incorporated into one device, iAmSapien. There, the crowdsourcing augments the hierarchical order. The connections help create the personal content, content that keeps improving. As content improves and is connected, crowdsourcing recreates the order into a hierarchy of new content and new meaning. In this way our society’s statement as to what is meaningful keeps evolving, changing to meet the needs of a changing, evolving society. It is a journey of creativity that evolves the individual as well as the mass, crowdsourced, effort to make things work. Our new tomorrow will be an experience of personal growth and cooperation. These, personal growth and cooperation are the two sides of our new coin.