• A fascinating day

    by  • March 29, 2009 • Personal • 1 Comment

    Three observations.

    1> Collaboration is not about what you do when things go right.

    2> Crowdsourcing isn’t about what you know you want in all cases. Sometimes it’s about people who have totally unexpected angles just appearing to help.

    3> I’m done on marketing. I’ve got a serviceable understanding of the very elementary basics of a few pieces of it – no deep aptitude – but it’s far enough along that I’m hitting my main challenges in governance, not marketing, and so I need to switch focus a little. I noticed a gap today that I had not seen before, where some space opened up and people could hear “I don’t know what to do next” not as a challenge, but as a place to sit together in not knowing. There’s real value in intelligent people trusting each other enough to say “I don’t know how to do this.”

    This is rapidly becoming a new way of understanding the world for me – seeing what the unknowns are and how different projects and organizations store information about the unknowns, discuss them, work with them, own or disown their guesses, successful or otherwise. It’s always with us, sometimes far more than others, and I saw a good few places today where not knowing and being willing to not know for a while was the right answer.

    I’m hoping tomorrow will be a day of conclusions, clear and strong. I don’t know if it will.

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    Vinay Gupta is a consultant on disaster relief and risk management.


    One Response to A fascinating day

    1. happyseaurchin
      March 30, 2009 at 8:25 pm

      tango is the art of not knowing
      i lived the same principles in schools with 30 kids

      we will meet in this space 🙂
      i am already here

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