I have since connecting with a few fellow travelers on this journey of life been talking a lot about the Green Man Archetype with them. I hope to share more of these dialogues at some point when the are riper. I feel compelled to share this picture of a stunning Green Man sculpture.
So I have had a whirlwind of a week (for the third one in a row). I began at the Social Venture Network in Tuscon. There were some cool companies there like Peter Strugatz’s Ice Stone, Zak Zaidman of Kupali, There was Greg (founder of Odwala) and his new Juice Company Adina (really tasty) Peacekeeper Makeup, indigenous designs (actually good looking organic cloths)
I got to share i-tags wiki. It was great to get that out there finally. I was the one who introduced Mary and Drummond. As soon as Mary explained to me how technorati tags worked – I thought that XRI might fit in perfectly. They being more technically savvy then I have put a bunch of work into innovating a way to have open tags really happen.
I have spent the last few weeks basically going non stop. This week was the peak – with hosting the internet identity workshop with Phil. It was a great success. He has a lot of coverage on his blog. There is also the wiki. I am currently at Tag Camp and about to get pulled into leading the closing circle.
I had a great conversation with Stowe at BlogON he wrote up some of what we talked about:
She suggested that we examine the asymmetries in relationships between individuals and businesses, and the likelihood that people will increasingly demand more symmetric relationships. As just one example, Kaliya maintains that people will want to retain information about their purchasing history, and not simply cede it to those businesses that we do business with. And, we may want to invert the normal course of business, based on this information. Imagine that I am traveling to San Francisco, and I could publish some version of my hotel rental history and interests through some as now unavailble solution (a mirror-image of eBay, perhaps?) that would allow hotels to publish bids to me for rooms. This general observation about increasing the symmetry in relationships through social technologies will be a springboard into related within-the-business topics, as well. I believe that social tools are inherently subversive, because they will disrupt established patterns of authority, and naturally push business toward acting as more democratic swarmocracies.
I can’t wait to talk about this more at the Symposium next month on the session “Is Business Ready For Social Software?”.