We live in a society that is clearly evolving to be able to pull off the revolutions necessary for our own survival. In social context, network strength grows proportionally to the threat to the network. Yes, the outcome of the current revolutions are not yet certain but we can easily observe and document the growing strength of the network as a mechanism. The network connectivity is the key to revolutions.
We are facing network scale, global and complex challenges but we are also evolving and inventing our human capacity as a network to adapt and respond to the problems we face.(huge riff material)
We are scaling our ability to communicate and exert pressure across all kinds of borders to meet the challenges. I worry more about our ability to wield revolution more so than the stagnation of society.
I am less "sold" on the idea that the transfiguration role technology plays is about maintaining connections and facilitating coordination. I am more focused on acknowledging that technology is shifting US. We are accelerating our capacity to work and learn. The effect is transforming our perspective and behavior. We are becoming more networked as a global species building tribes and friendships and collaborations that are redefining the norms of relationships (working, personal, production).
Technology is redefining what constitutes a "relationship" and as such changes the DNA of how we think about working together. This shift will follow us online and offline.
Network participation is adding to our personality. We are seeing our networks shape people in many ways as powerfully as their global location, cultural backgrounds, education, up bringing, or economic plights. (for better and worse.) As more people identify more tightly with the network perspective to identity, then relationships and problem solving we will see a massive shift in behaviors.
As a species, we are the the only one that can create "tangible" from symbolic. Think of the idea of a currency. We watched "trade" move from tangible swap of bread for pelts or meat, to shells, to gold, to bill representing gold, to digital. Something very real and very personal became "scalable". Imagine NYSE working on barter with pelts.
Networks and relationships are becoming scaleable. We are literally building and maintaining ties (fame) that are no more real than digital money. We are going to continue to see networks reshape our solutions.
In my expereince, sorting out the organization role and state of the sector is almost irrelevant. They are important and will continue to adapt to the people in them but the biggest gap lies in sorting out how to build netcentric campaigns and work with emerging networks to manage their capacity for creating useful revolutions.