Friend Steve Borsch of Connecting the Dots stopped by yesterday. Steve, a visionary of those trying to get their heads around the future of Web 2.0, has been musing and seeking to understand the cultural and societal impacts of the next generation internet. The interest is to use "societal software" to create a "participation culture." The local and global connections are coming fast and furious. Sites, products, and people all want your attention. Where does discernment and collective wisdom enter into the conversation?
Within this emerging culture, there is the opportunity to recognize and nurture the concept of essential conversations--conversations that matter, that bring people together in dialogue not debate (see post below), bring people to true presence, which brings the conversation to purpose. A book that we've been recommending for a while is Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future (Senge, Jaworski, Flowers, Scharmer). Understanding the view of creating wholeness in each venture, conversation and exchange, can create the field for completely new understandings of organizational structures that create the interconnectedness needed to move humanity forward to sustainability and a shared future of health for the majority of people on the planet.