“Social Media / Social Innovation: Interview with Myself.”
A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be invited to participate in a 2-day gathering co-hosted by my visionary entrepreneurial friend, Lisa Gansky. Most recently Lisa has been exploring a set of ideas that she published in her book, “The Mesh,” describing the different ways that sharing is better than owning. The gathering, co-sponsored by the EU, among others, was designed to apply Lisa’s ideas to cities, and to look at the intersection of social media and social innovation.
(Small digression: One of Peter Drucker’s many prescient observations was his comment that, when it comes to innovation, there is more opportunity when it comes to social innovation than any other field. As we watch traditional institutions and conventional categories of work, life, belief, and politics suffer a succession of system failures, it seems clear that innovation applied to our social operating systems can offer new, better, smarter, cheaper, and more efficient ways of living together. Now back to our regularly scheduled program.)
At the end of the gathering I came away convinced that social media and social innovation represent the frontier of change.
To try to clarify my own thinking, I sat down and interviewed myself.
Here’s an edited and shortened transcript of that interview.
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By Alan Webber
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