The Challenge of “Always On”

A question I received this week was, “How do you balance the 24/7 of social media with an 8-to-5 work day?”

“Always on”, 24-by-7 is kind of scary. I live an area that, this winter, has lost power about 7 or 8 times in the past 2 months, so “always on” is kind of relative, but I digress…

The availability of the Internet is terrific when you need to do that search, find that restaurant, message your friend, research that project or notify the world of some truly significant event. However, if you’re a business owner, it can be intimidating. Since the Internet is always there, you may feel you need to be, too.

Well, maybe not….

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Open the Box – A Fish?!

Awhile back I was working through a visualization exercise mentioned in Steven Pressfield’s book “Do the Work”. My first post regarding this can be found here and if you search my blog you’ll a number of other visualizations that I’ve found useful using this. Let me summarize what this entails:

  • Imagine a box with a lid. Hold the box in your hand. Now open it.
  • What’s inside?
  • It might be a frog, a silk scarf, a gold coin of Persia.
  • But here’s the trick: no matter how many times you open the box, there is always something in it.

Over time I’ve found a golden table, a pressure washer, wood floors and a few others.

I hadn’t exercised my imagination in this way for a while, so I decided to give it a go and opened the box afresh. Today I found……a fish.
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Trends – Discussion Questions #2

  1. Why were the innovators working on the telephone and the phonograph so hesitant to pronounce them as ‘break-away’ inventions from the telegraph?
  2. What other industries (beyond the Intel example) have a growing number of obviously overshot customers?  What industries might develop this problem soon?  What are some potential outcomes in addressing these challenges?
  3. When considering information discovery and filtering as when a user is doing research or following a whim, and then considering Google as an example of a service provided for this purpose, what is ‘the next thing” on this path? Why?

Trends – Discussion Questions #1

  1. When considering boundaries as defined by Lessig, how do we consider internal, psychological boundaries? If Ann Arbor Jake is a quiet, unassuming student at the University of Michigan in “meat-space”, but a murderous misogynist online in cyberspace, does that constitute a single person?  How does it have legal or moral impact in “meat-space”?  Why should it?
  2. Which is more likely to have long-term impact on the “regulability” of digital civilization: governments, business models, ideologies, sociological evolution, technology or something else? Why?
  3. If code can be hacked and laws have loopholes, how stable or reliable can the limn space be and how can that be perceived?  Desirable, undesirable or indeterminate?

Questions – 8/18/08

  1. How might you best research how members of your business are collaborating without introducing an “uncertainty principle” of observation?
  2. How might you discern the optimal balance between internal innovation and external innovation in your company?  In light of this, how might your company need to reassess and rethink its contribution to the value of its product or process?
  3. Are there certain products or services that just CAN NOT be generated with mass collaboration methodologies? Why or why not?

Questions – Rheingold (8/4/08)

  1. How is value assessed in a LETS environment? Who does the assessing? How might the value of an “offering” change over time?
  2. What has been the comparable performance of the LETS system over the existing public system in Ithaca?  What has the experience been like in adoption by and “weeding out” of members/entities?
  3. Why do you believe the DC Stock database information is not more widely advertised? Why might there not be the same information available or collated for all elected officials, as it seen as a public to assist in deeper awareness of our representatives?

Questions – 7/14/08

  1. How are Information Economy dynamics changing society?  In particular, how do they affect neighborhoods and local politics?
  2. How would you frame the significance of the fact that roughly three quarters of the world’s population appears to not be presently part of the Information Economy?
  3. Where is the significance of the individual when compared to or made part of the “Wisdom of Crowds”?