Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Writing this on the plane back from the International Workshop of Electronic Payment and E-commerce in China - held in Chengdu - the multimillion capital of Sechuan. As always amazed by the speed of progress in China and the hospitality and puzzled by the challenge to the environment that the economic growth there and everywhere else pose.

My presentation was dealing with e-business- and e-public- sector-embedded e-banking - much focusing on e-commerce payments and e-invoicing as stressed also in this blog earlier.

Took to re-reading one of my favorites: David Weinberger's Small Pieces Loosely Joined - one iconic book for sure. Picked up the following:

The real-world treats it as measurable distances indifferent to human needs.
The web as links among pages representing a spring of human interest.

Real-world: ticking clocks and the relentless schedules they enable.
The Web: time runs as intertwining threads and stories

Real-world: an ideal we humans always disappoint
The Web: perfection just gets in the way

Social groups
Real-world: becomes more impersonal as they grow
The Web: individuals retain their faces no matter how large the group becomes

Real-world: stuff that exists independent of us
The Web: pages that we have built full of intention and meaning

Real-world: we follow a set of principles
The Web: authenticity, emphaty and enthusiasm guide our interactions

And much more that should be realized by all sorts of management today.


Mark Sorsa-Leslie said...

Could not agree more Bo. I think the phrase that stuck out for me was matter....I remember the 10 principles of the New Economy and one was "Matter - it matters less". That stuck with me. Clearly the speed, efficiency and accuracy of digital interaction are exciting, but matter still matters.

Our interactions online turn into products and resources in the real world. They also turn into relationships that exist in a new space between personal and impersonal. Whether you can get intimate in this space is an interesting idea, but I guess the social networking explosion we are experiencing in the world of Business 2.0 and Web 2.0 are testimony to the fact that we want to try and and get intimate through sharing, dialogue, interaction and results.

Matter in this context does matter, but may what really matters is our ability to extend relationships over the web.

BoHarald said...

Thank you Mark.

I agree with your comments - it is an interactive process - from "Web Matters" - to "Real Matters" - and back again. The new dimension - where we and web pages are small pieces loosely joined - not constrained by geography and atoms - is truly opening new avenues. As Weinberger so eloquently writes: "And so we can see reflected in the Web just how much of our sociality is due not to the nature of the real world but to the nature of ourselves."

And this helps us to understand that the world is richer with meaning than we can imagine. The Web widens rethinking about our own nature and our world's nature -thus it has exited us "far beyond reasonable expectation".