Earlier today, June May Hattaway wrote me and asked if she could link to one of my articles, Digital Storytelling with Web-based Tools. At the end of that article is this paragraph:
“Digital storytelling begins,” says Joe Lambert, Co-Founder of the Center for Digital Storytelling, “with the notion that in the not [too] distant future, sharing one’s story through the multiple mediums of digital imagery, text, voice, sound, music, video and animation will be THE PRINCIPAL HOBBY OF THE WORLD’S PEOPLE.” As that world becomes more connected through the Internet, the importance of learning to use digital tools to share your ideas, your vision, your stories becomes all the more critical.
Juxtapose that paragraph, especially the capitalized words with an Isaac Mao essay Will Richardson summarizes the thesis in this way (I’m pulling the parts that interest me most):
…in this world, the less we share, the less power we have…that to own and keep private our own best thinking is in some way protective and sustaining of our cultures.
I agree wholeheartedly. I suppose that this is, at its heart, an issue of transparency for me and that it is becoming so much easier to share ideas with one another. To continue to work in isolation, to not share within an organization is to cultivate a poverty of spirit. This poverty of ideas, of spirit, of passion results in an arid wasteland of organizational desert. Not sure if that sentence works, but I have the image of dusty brown, cracked earth, parched for the life-giving fluids of innovation, creativity, ideas and passion.
Every day, I see organizations and people who are afraid to share their thinking with a wider audience, who feel stymied in their current environments.