Experience the present and the future – together

Posted on October 22, 2010


How can the present and the future be described to picture the characteristics? In the following story I’ve tried to picture some of the characteristics.

I am driving on the high way and I am driving fast. 150 km per hours. It is dark and the road is only lit by the street lamps posted along. I have my attention directed toward the road coming at me from the front. I only perceive a minor part of the scenario in front of me. Due to the speed I only have “time” to focus on the most important extents setting the scene: The lines on the road and signs passing me occasionally. Ahead I see blinking lights. Road workers. I reduce my speed. The workers have occupied a part of the road leaving only a single track open. As I realize that I reduce my speed some more. Approaching the obstacle I see that the open track through the work area has been framed with red and white striped boards leaving less space than I anticipated. To be able to estimate the free space between the boards and my car I reduce my speed again. I am passing through the work area at low speed.

The aim of this story is to picture the three basic positions of Collaborative Man®:

1) Connectedness: Each person is massively connected.
2) Data load: Through these connections each person receive loads of data 24/7
3) Obsolete: Data characterized by limited use due to an improving obsolescence.

The direct consequence of these positions is that every person only perceive a limited amount of the experienced reality.

It is already known and recognized that a person only perceive parts of the experienced reality due to mental functions as ‘coping’. You can say that we all try to fit the experienced reality into already present ‘boxes of unique experience inside our head’.

These normal mental functions combined with a reality characterized as above (connectedness, data loads and obsolete data) can be compared with a person racing on the high way. Only a very small part of the picture is perceived and you need to slow down to be able to take in more data and ‘better steer your car’.

But our constant urge, need or demand to keep up with reality provides no possibility to slow down and “estimate the free space between the boards and your car”. That leaves each of us with a dilemma between the need to perceive more, but unable to do because of a demand to keep up, or increase the speed.

Collaborative Man® provides a possible solution: We must perceive reality together to gain a wider and deeper mass of experience. Together we can better make sense. Together we can make better decisions.

Collaborative Man®.