How would you reinvent business, reinvent America, or reinvent the world?
This is the question I was asked to answer a few weeks back for a #TEDtalk. TEDxNewEngland’s event was held at the WGBN station, just 3 weeks before the US National Election and the amazing organizers asked a range of politicians, economists, national policy leaders and educators to consider what we would want for America if we could “reinvent it”. I was already going to be on a whirlwind book tour, which I wrote about a few days ago, so I shared some thoughts on the topic.
Everywhere we look, there are groups that believe they are on the outs, unable to influence policy, and believing they are unrepresented or at least underrepresented in the direction of their own country. Is that because many people in power actually believe that power is a limited commodity? That America should be protected and insulated to allow it to thrive?
Yet, we live in an incredible time: the Social Era, with its connected networks enables more than just the sharing of information — it allows the sharing of power. Connected individuals with shared interests and goals, can create together in ways that once only a few could. Those that continue to think that power is about a few “us” vs the many “them” are finding themselves confused by what is going on. Some are holding on even more tightly. Regardless of their wishes … the times, they are ‘achanging.
There is plenty of evidence that the Social Era will allow a fundamental shift; it is a shift from “if you’re not with us, you’re against us” posture of limitations to “if you’re not against us, you can be with us” stance of abundance. This shift will lead to many things — as we let go, we will be poised to create opportunity and abundance, and in doing so enable long-term prosperity. We will get to new and better solutions–and a lot more of them–faster, but only if we open up who is allowed to participate, and share our power with EVERYONE. While not everyone will, anyone can.
So that was my answer in this talk, shared here. I would open up our organizations to allow many more people to participate in the creating of new solutions. I would have organizations collaborate with the marketplace to find new approaches to old problems. I would invite anyone, quite possibly everyone to contribute their onlyness — to step up and into the bigness of becoming part of the solution. This is how I would reinvent business, reinvent America, and reinvent the world. How would you?