weekly TED-pick: Rachel Botsman: The case for collaborative consumption

Un-Convention co-founder Jeff Thompson directed me towards this particular TED-talk in which Rachel Botsman illustrates how we humans are actually hard-wired to share information.

Modern technology allows us to tackle the problem that economists call “the coincidence of once”. Something that was not so easy to solve even ten years ago. Modern technology helps us build trust between strangers. It actually re-activates out basic, natural instincts to collaborate.

According to Rachel Botsman, there are four drivers to this:

  1. A renewed sense of the importance of community
  2. A torrent of peer-to-peer social networks and real-time technologies
  3. Pressing unresolved environmental concerns
  4. A global recession that has fundamentally shocked consumer behaviors

It’s more hip than hippie 🙂 Read more at Collaborative Consumption

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Having ideas does not equal executing them

Derek Sivers blogged about the Guy Starts Dance Party video six months earlier, and after clever comments on that post, was inspired to turn it into an inspiring TED Talk about Leadership:

Derek: it is about the First Follower

It is not about the guy dancing alone, he’s just someone with a silly idea. It is about the first person to join the dance next. By doing so, the silly initiative turns into something that apparently is not just a party in one head. Someone said to Derek he should write a book about that, and he then handed it over to all of us.

Andrew: I’ll follow by doing

My friend Andrew Dubber picked up on Derek’s thoughts and gave it a bit of a twist by announcing that he would release 30 ideas to the world, free for all of us to consider and (if we liked any of them) execute.

Another Andrew: I’ll follow by helping to execute

Another Andrew then pledged to help organize whoever wanted to take part in all of this, under the banner of Project Idealism. And I joined.

Me: part of the cult?

So here we are, and Andrew Dubber just released the first of 30 ideas: Keymash. For me to get excited and dive into the execution, it needs to be a special idea.

  1. First off: I feel lucky to spend most of my time on stuff that I already am excited about doing. So it really needs to tickle me in certain places first to get me going at all;
  2. Secondly: I need to feel I can contribute. So it needs to match one or more of my capabilites I feel good about.
  3. Third: I need to believe in the idea enough to set aside a sufficiently big piece of my mind and time to execute

I like it idea number 1, Keymash, but have to say it does not match readily with the stuff I am currently working on and interested in. So I’ll pass on this one. Luckily, there’s 29 more to come!

Join Derek, Andrew, Andrew and me if you want

If you like the thinking behind all of these, please consider joining the initiative and help turn a great idea into concrete action!

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