Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A free lunch

Free One of the interesting things that happened to me yesterday was a fascinating conversation over lunch with Tipexxed and university colleagues about social media and community building.

Another was reading Malcolm Gladwell's review of Chris Anderson's new book Free: The Future of a Radical Price.

The third was realizing that both of these were really about moving from a "scarcity" mind-set to an "abundance" mind-set. They're also about the postdigital concept - an attitude that is more concerned with being human than with being digital.

We meet (usually online first, offline later). We talk. We build personal networks around the things that matter to us but are only loosely connected to where we work, what we eat, the technologies we use. We do these things first because the resources needed to do them are no longer scarce, then we think about how to fund them and make them sustainable later.