In the beginning, governments form with a certain set of ideals and then over time become corrupted by individuals seeking power. Look at the US and you can see how out political system has decayed into a lobbyist-filled, special interest, two party polarized mess.
When we look at this on a global scale, how do we stop it from going down that same path?
Every now and then, when I start to post something about globalization and how it affects the future of governments, I go on to say things like "The US should be required to get a UN warrant if they want to spy on foreigners".
And people always comment that this is never going to happen. They tell me to stop thinking the impossible, and why would the US or any other government ever agree to give up control?
And yes, it does sound ridiculous. But you have to remember that I live in Europe. In Europe, we have a very long history of people in power giving up control to make something better.
Most of Europe used to be controlled by kings, and why would they ever agree to give up control? Why did they agree to the public forming democratically elected governments?
And it doesn't even stop there. Most governments of Europe have decided to form the European Union.
And we see the same thing in the US. The US is short for 'United States', as in individual states agreeing to give up political control to form a federation.
So the idea of a global world with a global justice system, isn't as far fetched as it seems. You might say that our politicians will never give up control, but you are forgetting that they have to be elected.
And this trend of giving up control to form unions has been a continual trend for the past thousand or so years, and it has been accelerating for the past 100 years.
Yes, it's not something that is going to happen tomorrow, and not even in 10 years from now. But it's not as difficult to do as you might think.
Also, we likely need to go through a number of stages before we reach the point of a true global world. Isaac Asimov wrote a great story about this (sorry, I cannot remember the title), in which he envisioned five super coalitions joined in a Coalition of Earth. And these coalitions is likely not going to be formed based on their geographic locations.
One coalition might be the US, Canada, Japan, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Scandinavia, Poland, NZ and Australia. Another being the rest of Europe, South America and Russia. A third being the lower African nations. A fourth being a coalition of China, India, Singapore and the other Asian countries... and so forth.
We are already seeing, for instance, how the governments of Brazil and Europe seem to be on better terms than Europe and the US. Although, this might be temporary.
And consider how the UK is talking about leaving the EU, and how Germany and France is now talking about en European internet to stop the US and British intelligence agencies from spying on them. We formed the EU based on its geography, but now that we live in a global world, we are starting to see the early stages of coalitions that isn't limited to where a specific country is on a map.
The world is changing right now and is becoming more global every day. True, we are a long way from a Unified Earth. But it is not impossible to get there.
It's not the mad concept of an impossible utopia. It's a trend...
Adults spend an average of 4.5 hours (US) just passively watching TV every day (3.5-4 hours in Europe). That's time when they are not doing anything useful with their brains.
Kids, on the other hand, might spend 4 hours playing computer games, but this time is spent in an active state. They are constantly challenged, they have to make choices, they are encouraged to explore and find solutions, and often also required to build something. And with many games today, you do all of this with your friends in a social way.
And when you take that to the extreme, you get a result like this from 50+ people playing Minecraft together: Minecraft Timelapse - Red Rock City
It simply baffles me how adults believe that watching 4.5 hours of TV is socially acceptable for them, but it's not acceptable for your kids to spend the same amount of time playing games.
If it was up to me, I would much prefer having kids spend 4.5 hours playing computer games than just sitting in a couch watching TV. Just look what you can do in the video below. This is beyond amazing. This is the kind of mentality that I want future kids to have.
- True Voice MediaPresident & Chief Strategist, 2011 - presentAs the Chief Strategist at True Voice Media I develop social business strategies for our clients, including decisions regarding related services and outside vendors. In order to provide the best strategic advice, I must also remain diligent in following the most recent changes and updates to various social media sites, as well as staying current with case studies highlighting best practices and success stories from other organizations. In addition to the work I do for clients, I also determine the strategic direction of all business and social media marketing decisions for True Voice Media.
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- StreamlineMePresident, 2008 - 2010
I live and breathe social media. Google+. Facebook. Twitter. Pinterest. Whatever innovation is next. I thrive on analyzing what’s best for a business need and then teaching others how to use these tools to meet their specific goals--whether through my direct work with clients, through my blog, through speaking engagements, or through every day encounters with people.
You see, I believe that rather than keeping people apart, used well, social media actually tears down walls, builds community, and provides solutions. And the knowledge that I can contribute to this result inspires my work day in and day out.
I speak the language of business. I use social media strategically to accomplish business goals—not the other way around. Before founding True Voice Media, I earned my MBA, was a social media marketing strategist, and director of a social media practice group. I’m a living example of setting your mind to something, and achieving it, and that’s what I want for my clients as well.
I listen to and love being with people. I’m enlivened by the energy that’s created by engaging with others and the opportunity for personal growth. It’s natural that I’d gravitate toward and specialize in social media, as it’s constantly evolving, and well…social.
My company is founded on the belief that there’s an exciting new paradigm of customer engagement in business: customers now have access to information, and at the same time, they can mold it, contribute to it, and participate in it. And the business that really understands this and views its customers as partners in this conversation, rather than bystanders, or worse, adversaries, is the business that’s going to thrive.
How I’m Different.
I founded True Voice Media to enable businesses to successfully use social media with the foundation of honesty, openness, authenticity, and unapologetic realness. Whatever that is for your business--that’s your True Voice. And when you use and integrate your True Voice with social media, you end up doing what you love, leaving your customers delighted, and producing the results you want. That’s what True Voice Media—and I—am all about.
Many people come to a Social Media strategist for specific outcomes such as getting more “likes” or followers. But these cannot be ends in themselves. They may be part of a strategy, but without a well-thought out and carefully constructed approach, these “results” don’t make any difference at all.
And that’s what I coach you in. You won’t be using these tools haphazardly or without purpose. Instead, we’ll be selecting the most appropriate tools for YOUR goals, setting the process in motion, and guiding you every step of the way.
But don’t take my word for it. Let’s talk and you can decide if what I offer is what you are looking for.
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