Implicit in any proclamation that technology will solve big problems (in the world or in our businesses) is that first a human being, or group of us, will conceive, organize, develop and then use technology to solve that big problem. When technologists and alpha-geeks leave this piece out we are leaving out what is so hard about solving problems. Human factors of visionary leadership and innovation are ground zero for solving big problems. So is a richer, more complex way of seeing the world. Missing this piece accounts for why Web 2.0 often fails inside the enterprise and why the highways aren’t filled with electric cars.
As Web meets World connecting the promise of technology to the innovative capacity of human beings is the transformative act of our times. Unlocking that creativity from current constraint-based, status quo thinking in business and politics is the challenge of the 21st century.
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I stumbled on the Wachovia Twitter page. It is strange to read these little tweets from a sinking ship in real time.
On Sept. 18 we hear that all is well at Wachovia:
CEO Bob Steel posts on wachovia.com, reaffirms company is strong, stable, well capitalized, check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/3s7kg7
Then the rollercoaster begins… and you have to feel sorry for any shareholding Followers of Wachovia.
These near-real time blasts relate another fascinating aspect of Twitter that my friend Steve Nelson at Clear Ink blogged on. While it may prove to have historical reference value (as blogs and other internet content have) Twitter is a real-time news river and this makes it a far more effective tool for searching on current (I mean NOW) events. Here is Steve on that point;
On Sunday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that an economic stabilization bill had been written and was available at financialservices.house.gov. I tried going there for about 10 minutes, but the servers were swamped.
So I went to Twitter search, and merely searched for “bill”. The immediate results included several comments about the bill, and at least two links to download it from non-swamped servers. This tells me a couple things: I trusted in the critical mass of contributions to Twitter that I would find what I wanted – and sure enough, it was there. It also shows the power of searching the immediate NOW.
A Google search for “bill” includes a 5-hour old news link, imdb’s of movies like “Bill” and “Kill Bill” and wikipedia entries on Bill Gates and Bill Clinton. But for the moment I was searching for “bill” on Twitter, there was only one “bill” that mattered most.
This is how Twitter brings together the massive amounts of information being fed it NOW with what I am searching for NOW. This is just one way Twitter works, if you know how to use it
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