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My practitioner friend - mentioned above - emailed me as follows, while wishing to remain anonymous:

It's a point that has been troubling me for a while, and which I usually get round by saying that this medium should only be used when it enables us to do something we could not otherwise do: e.g. an international process; make vast volumes of submissions easily transparent; turn around the results of a process very quickly.

These are real benefits.  And there are individuals for whom electronic communication is easier for all sorts of reasons that face-to-face.  And we were amazed when we started by how much richer the results of some of our processes are than what could be achieved with the same number of people in a face-to-face meeting.

There is always an element of substitution: this works because it is cheaper, easier, quicker, larger, we can do more with fewer resources and so on.  So much so that sometimes it isn't even second best.   

And yet. And yet.

I'm working sporadically on a whole set of things around the idea of the 'second-hand life' spawned by advances in technology: more TV, more cameras, more iPods, and so on so that everything becomes mediated through a screen or a lens or a set of earphones so that we forget to look for ourselves or listen to live music or go somewhere to feel the wind in our face  or the sand under our toes because it so much easier, cheaper, quicker etc to do it secondhand, electronically, sanitised and  facilitated and edited until all the messy life has been sucked out of it.  

The danger is that the medium becomes horribly seductive.  We have the brilliant plasma screen but fail to notice that what's on it crap; the music is crystal clear but not worth listening to; our camera can do a million marvellous things but we are so busy looking through the lens that we fai l to notice that what we are seeing really isn't very interesting...

And so on.

These electronic processes are tools.  They are only as good as the person using them. The medium has become the message and the message is mostly pretty missable.

I've been trying to put these concepts to work since 1975. I formalized this in an organization I now lead, called the Tutor/Mentor Connection(http://www.tutormentorconnection.org)

I feel your charts need one more dimension, which reflects the time it takes to build relationships and trust. This is extremely difficult because of the constant change in people at the various organizations that you may be trying to build a relationship with.

The Internet and social networking concepts have the potential to change this because while people may move from organization to organiation, they now can stay connected with a group and a vision. That creates more time to build relationships and trust.

I describe this Building a Network Of Purpose in a pdf posted in the Tutor/Mentor Institute at the above web site.

As I write this message I'm also inviting people who understand these concepts and the internet tools better than I to consider applying their knowledge in some of the T/MC strategies.

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