Yearly Archives 2010

Internet evangerealists don't talk at you about what's possible, they talk with you about what's needed. They don't work with products, they work with people. They don't have wireless headsets, they have conversations. Evangerealists believe that there's nothing wrong with technology that people can't fix, not the other way around. They want you to learn to drive better, not put the engine in the driver's seat and ask it to get you home. They don't think the long tail should wag the old dog. An evangerealist believes that your mission and the way you can operate best are more important than their PowerPoint presentation and their game-changing new models. Technologies change quickly, people change at a moderate pace and institutions are slowest of all—like, glacially slow. Evangerealists r doing it right when they remind people about both new tools and age-old challenges. There are lots of reasons to forget realism…

Moments apart, two of my favorite evangerealists make beautifully similar points in unrelated posts: Gavin Clabaugh, shortly after panel at New America Foundation on how philanthropic data does, can or should change the world:@glcabaugh: Fading barriers: bandwidth, storage, crunch power, access to data. The probs:what ?s to ask/ how to ask 'em& what the answers mean #givedata And Brian Reich, responding to a different post:@BrianReich: For social media to transform society, and reach it's potential, @equalman, focus must be on content and usage not platform or toolset. To attempt to distill the point about context over tech even more, I thought about quoting "It Ain't the Meat, It's the Motion," but it didn't seem like a 100% fit. I did, however, learn from Google that rock star Southside Johnny Lyon has my birthday. So that's something ...

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