Monday, November 11, 2013

To Think That In Such A Place, I Led Such A Life

One of my favorite hobbies is keeping tabs on humanity.

Listening to what our culture is up to, watching how our society is evolving and documenting where our species is heading.

At current, here’s how I feel about it:

I am so goddamn excited to be alive right now, so hopeful for the advancement of our species, so thrilled to be living in the greatest time in human history, the vomit of happiness that spews out of me is nearly uncontrollable.

Here are four reasons why:

1. Creativity is on its way back. Our natural inclinations to hack and fix and improve are immutable. Not only as trades, but as ways of communicating with the world. And these verbs are being welcomed with open arms by even the most mundane of industries and communities. Creativity, the great nurturing positive force of humanity, has officially made making things cool. And easy. And profitable.

I was reading The State of Create, a global benchmark study on attitude and beliefs about creativity and work, school and home. Adobe’s team interviewed five thousand adults across the five of the world’s largest economies. Their research showed several promising results. First, new creative tools are perceived as the biggest driver to increase creativity. Second, technology is recognized for its ability to help individuals overcome creative limitations. And third, our country is the second most creative in the world.

We are finally realizing our society as one large work of art.

2. We’ve broken the sharing seal. Downtime is the new billable hour. Access is the new ownership. Sharing isn’t just caring, it’s commercial. And it’s digital. That’s the difference. Humans have been sharing and swapping for centuries. But now we’re able to do it with greater speed, efficiency, ease, meaning––even profit––than ever before.

Does everyone need their own drill? According to a study called The New Sharing Economy, maybe not. Money is no longer the only or most valuable currency. Our sharing culture makes it possible for virtually anything, including specialized skills or knowledge, used goods, and social reach, to become currency.

We are finally realizing our culture as one massive crowd sourced project.

3. Collaboration is currency. Talent is mating with other talent. And there are people out there dedicated to making sure there is a trail. Which means we’re walking in footsteps everywhere we go. It’s like we’ve plugged into this immense power source, and there’s nary a blackout in site.

The Global CoworkingSurvey asked two thousand people to talk about their experience working in collaborative environment. Their responses were highly optimistic, ranging from greater creativity to a higher standard of work to increased focus to meeting deadlines more effectively.

We’re finally connected the disconnected and giving them people to scream with on the roller coaster of life.

4. Instigation capital is cheap. The center of gravity has shifted. The boundaries between consumer, producer, investor, supplier, buyer and end user have faded. Now, everybody is everything. Partnerships between organizations and third party vendors have operationalized logistical issues. Kickstarting isn’t a brand name, it’s a brand new way of doing business. And the world is shifting from a gated community to a permissionless platform.

The need for the middleman of the world is quickly vanishing. Bruce Nussbaum dubbed this trend indie capitalism, a maker system of economics based on creating new value, not trading old value. And it’s not just for startups and venture capitalists, it’s based on a community of people. Real citizens. Neighbors. Anyone occupying anything. It’s the biggest threat to the powers that be in years, and the best part is, we’re never going back in our cages.

We’re finally understanding that the gatekeepers have left their gates.

The verdict is in.

Our species is literally more evolvable now than at any time in our history.

Here’s to humanity’s bright future.