> Hello world:
It feels befitting to start my first post on Medium with this classic computer programming beginner’s routine.
After all, we’re all seeking to connect with others.
Humans are a social species. We have always been, and the “social” technology wave did not create any new behavior here, “communicating beings”.
Everything is language: symbols, images, body postures, brands, the emotion of a start-up founder. Even our silences carry meaning.
I am writing this first post much less with the intention to be read, forwarded, re-forwarded, becoming viral, as way to start working on finding my voice.
Settling into a presence on this forum, this medium.
I read, like many others, the posts on here. Some are funny, some are deep, some are informative. They’re trying to grab the attention of the reader.
I claim no such intent.
Indeed, I believe it takes time for a voice to find its ear.
It takes time for the personality of the author to develop itself through the slow meandering, the folds of a mind, the emotions of a reading.
In a world of 140 characters, we lose the ability to communicate, to give time to words, thoughts, emotions, to develop fully, meander, hesitate, advance, explore, dance.
Communicating means being in the presence of the other, and creating an exchange made of meaning and silences, of words and pauses.
I feel frustrated to see how many humans are now just fast becoming human routers of Tweets, posts, links and permalinks.
The computer algorithms select the stories we’ll like, and we share them, automates of the third degree, forwarding them ad infinitum with no value added.
I notice the mention of the “average reading time” for each Medium post. I find that curious, even though I understand its intent, for the age we’re in.
I yearn for reading pieces which make me think, and pause, for hours after I read them.
Conversely, I will strive to compose here, stroke by stroke, a painting: the painting of my deeply personal view of the technology world, the human world, and their intersection. Behind the technology, it’s time to reconnect with the human.
In the heart of the Silicon Valley, we indeed too often forget the heart of the matter: that we are all addressing humans, wherever they are.
We have an impact on how people think.
We are (re)formatting their brains, yet most of the time, we’re forgetting their heart.
We anticipate and lay the foundation for global change, yet fail to understand the importance of the emotional timeline required to integrate change.
Look at the initial failure of Google Glass.
Think deeply about the claims that within 40 years, we’ll all ride a self-driving car.
And yet, in Board meetings, in customer meetings, in one on one discussions with powerful executives, I hear the low whisper of the voice of my heart, asking itself what the whole meaning of all this is.
Of why it is so hard to change. Of why organizations ossify themselves as they grow. Of why upper management appears (at least) not to listen to what’s going on in the trenches. Of why companies develop blind spots. Of why shareholders don’t understand they have a responsibility in this.
That is the voice of the Heart of the Matter.
It is that voice I want to let bloom around here.