Identity — What makes a 21st Century Human?

What really is a 21st Century Human?

That’s a question I have been asking myself a lot lately. It all started when I attended the Leading Edge Forum event of the same name, a little over a week ago. It was an event designed to encourage the participants to review what their relationship is like with technology and to consider the impact it has on, not just our productivity, but also our everyday life.

It was one of a number of events that have fallen together in the calendar, almost by chance, which have made me start to question my identity, or at least through the language the team at the Leading Edge Forum use, my personal brand; or lack thereof?

My personal brand, it seems, is the way I present myself in a digital sense. Where once I was judged by the colour of my shoes in proximity to a city’s central business district, I am now being assessed and evaluated by the tweets I send whilst watching another sporting disaster, or having my judgement called into question for my recent disappearing act from LinkedIn. Without a LinkedIn profile, to some, I am nothing — no one.

As part of the follow up process to the 21st Century Human event, I have been given the opportunity and materials to evaluate what my personal brand is, what I want it to be and how I can use technology to enhance the making of Chris King. Simple things such as using Twitter lists, Flipboard and IFTTT (If This Then That) to improve my capabilities as a researcher of my own making; to improve the productivity of, well, me.

In many ways this process has helped to shine a spotlight on me; not that many would feel that was needed. By cajoling me back on to LinkedIn, it has helped me understand what it is about the world around me that I like, the areas I want to embrace and the buttons I need to push. This evaluation of my personal brand — that identity — is something I would like to share on here. So over the coming days I will look to address what it is that makes up my personal brand and how I feel I fit in: at work, at play — and oh so rarely — at rest.