On two recent occasions I have been confronted with the realities of the information and population explosion. Sharing a meal with a well informed professional person, we have mentioned leaders in our respective fields of work, only to be faced with completely blank looks. It can be really quite embarrassing if we don't openly understand and acknowledge the reality of the situation. It has always happened to a certain extent, but it is getting increasingly difficult to keep up. And there is little authenticity in pretending.
In the revised Shift Happens film it quotes that the amount of technical information is doubling every 2 years, there were 3000 books published today, 2.7 billion searches performed on google this month . . .
The truth is really quite profound. We cannot manage without people networks, where we have connections with lots and lots of other people. . Perhaps we don't need to be trying desperately to absorb so much information? We need people, and we need to build trusting relationships with those people in order to collaborate.
I think that that this is a truly wonderful thing.
I was fascinated reading Roland Harwood's post on the development of cities. There is certainly no doubt in my mind that self-organisation has already happened with regard social networking sites.
The challenge is to design systems evolutionary enough and quickly enough to ensure their relevance . . . next week.