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Reading People Power 2.0 (Technology Review) by the excellent John Pollock and his portrayal of my contribution in overthrowing a tyrant by helping win the Libyan information war, led me to reflect on what the friggins happened to me.
I had no ties with Libya, and although I did hear of Human Rights abuses, I basically thought it was an oil pumping stretch of sand with a tent-pitching leader.

Why I  participated in the #feb17 revolution baffled me at first. I’m really not the world best activist.
It became crystal clear later in the game.
I’ve put my finger on it, checked the pulse and it is very much a big thing…

It's the next chapter we are writing, right now, on the productive use of the web.
It sounds either whimsical or way too pompous, but believe me:
It isn’t virtual at all. It has real world impact and it’s actually super easy to jump in:

The rapidly growing number of devices used to access the internet world wide, and the subsequent multiplication of voices, opinions, we hear or share online is propelling us collectively, connectedly – hand in hand – to the brink of a brand new day.

I’m not talking about the relationship between analogical and digital worlds, nor the formidable sourcing and publishing power that social media represents today. This has been explored and narrated over and over again. Media loves to showcase and share (and re-share) this concept. We publish therefore we exist. We are online, we are awake – and we are aware of it, thank you very much.

I’m referring to something far more powerful:

Our capacity to click together – not only connect digitally, but share minds - all of this facilitated by a plethora of online tools and services. We are starting to use the global networks to aggregate, think and produce together – regardless of cultural hurdles, borders or archaic legislations. An auto-governing hive that knows what is right and what is wrong. A global collaboration that feeds exclusively on diversity and spurs us on to think bigger. To think better.

What's the factor that drives a person in the US bible-belt to start tweeting about the Arab Spring? What gets someone in Australia to translate 24/7 reports of human rights abuses happening on the other side of our Earth? What motivates a grassroots activist to reach out to a Scandinavian housewife for help in fundraising?

It can’t be the tech alone (although now that we have it, it would be good to keep it free). It may be the result of a seamless technology that allows us to transcend physicality and exist through our brains. It’s definitely the Social in Social media. Not the media itself, and it pulls on our individual core expertise and skills - and value sets - summoning them to participate and deliver.

It’s something profoundly human  …  It’s shifting, swelling and becoming louder everyday.

Some amongst  us have already understood that this new dawn is coming, and I took my lead from Mohammed Nabbous. He inspired and I gave it all I had.

Small successes snowball into historical events, like the feb17 revolution in Libya. Through a common purpose we are building our capacity together, transmitting and receiving intelligence, making each other stronger.

Suffice it to know that each and every one of us can be a resource, a mine of information, a tool to collectively go out and build something huge.

So what is it that made thousands just like me tick during the Arab Spring?

I believe it was the sum of our online collaboration and combined sense of what is right and wrong.

I call it our Collective Conscience.

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  •  Welcome! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    Look around, you might find some diaries you like.

    And thank you for your work on Lybia.

  •  Very nice first diary. Keep 'em coming! n/t (0+ / 0-)

    "Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy

    by helpImdrowning on Tue May 01, 2012 at 08:43:49 PM PDT

    •  Thank you (0+ / 0-)

      For the welcome and comment, I hope to be able to post from time to time on my thoughts and observations concerning how we can make a difference through Social Media.
      Am actually think about how administrations are adopting Social Media to publish information, but haven't actually gotten to the "engagement" side of things yet - and why.
      My hunch is that they are getting their training from the wrong people...

      If you have any thoughts and that, please let me know...

      •  A shared global conscience of empathy, (0+ / 0-)

        kindness, common purpose, and information may be a good thing, but to suggest, even metaphorically, a hive mind kind of thing, not so much.  Evokes some bad imagery.  Democracy, justice, and fairness are always the goals and I believe Democrats are the best way to achieve those goals.  Remember, words matter.  I wish you well.

        "Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy

        by helpImdrowning on Wed May 02, 2012 at 12:13:37 PM PDT

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        •  Empathy and values (0+ / 0-)

          Thx for your comment, and I agree that words matter, however apart from some past negative images, I stick to my description of "hive" - where each person contributes not only an individual opinion but also their skill and value set.

          I also agree that democracy, equality and rule of law are the ultimate goals...

          I don't see how this type of hive is undemocratic?

          Would genuinely appreciate your opinion on this...

          •  I guess that the descriptor "hive" brings up (0+ / 0-)

            images of a future dystopia that makes me uncomfortable.  I prefer "networks" instead.  Just a personal preference.

            It must have been very interesting, exciting, scary, fulfilling, life changing, and more to have been involved as you were in the Libyan uprising.  The idea that social media and the internet could help bring about regime change any place in the world, let alone the dictator-rich Middle East would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.  Let us just hope the Internet stays free and open so that people can continue to utilize information for the good of everybody around the world.  Best wishes.

            "Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy

            by helpImdrowning on Sat May 05, 2012 at 12:06:08 AM PDT

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