Saturday, November 10, 2007

Trust in the Digital Age

A number of questions regarding trust in the digital age:

  • In the new world of internet communication how do people build trust?
  • If I am in email communication with you how do you come to build a collaborative relationship with me?
  • If you are a blogger, how do your readers come to a position on being able to act on or respond to your comments?
  • What leads me to a level of trust that I post a comment on your site with my own name?
  • There seems to be great promotion about how all in the economy eventually will be handled digitally. Will things move faster when there is some physical interface?
  • At what point in digital networks in degrees of separation do trust and respect stretch thin and no longer flow?
  • Do the bonds of trust reduce geometrically the more connections involved?
  • How fragile are digital bonds of trust?

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Universal Service

I received an email today from Barbara Crafton of The Geranium Farm regarding universal service for all young adults. She referenced work of Professor Larry Sabato of The University of Virginia's Center for Politics. We need to think about how we train our youth for leadership and for participation in the civic space. She suggests we think about having service as a requirement for any leadership position as well as for everyone else.

"Politics works better when citizens are informed and active participants." (from )

Ode to a Dead Horse (Cleveland Economic Development in Action)

Dakota Wisdom says that when you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. However, we in Cleveland often try other strategies with dead horses, including the following:

1. Buying a strong whip.

2. Trying a new bit or bridle.

3. Changing riders.

4. Moving the horse to a new location.

5. Riding the horse for longer periods of time.

6. Saying things like, “This is the way we have always ridden this horse.”

7. Appointing a committee to study the horse.

8. Arranging to visit other cities to see how they ride dead horses.

9. Increasing the standards for riding dead horses.

10. Creating a test for measuring our riding ability.

11. Comparing the state of dead horses today.

12. Complaining about the state of dead horses today.

13. Coming up with new styles of riding dead horses.

14. Blaming the horses parents.

15. Tightening the cinch.

16. Passing legislation which declares that “This horse is not dead.”

17. Harnessing several dead horses together for increased speed.

18. Trying to resuscitate the dead horse.

19. Praying for the dead horse to be resurrected.

20. Wisdom #1: Convince a stranger that the dead horse is resting up for the next day’s work.

21. Wisdom #2: Sell the dead horse to the stranger.

(I received this in the mid 90's relating to the activities of certain non-profit boards but I believe that it is often relevant to the economic development strategies in shrinking cities.)