Anybody who reads this blog knows that I’m hungry for learning and inspiration and look for it in every direction. My friend Bill Ford has been a major source of inspiration over the past couple years. In addition to being my yoga teacher, he is also an opinionated and multi-talented designer and technologist, and you can see his fingerprints over all my work.
- Who am I talking to?
- What do I want to say to them?
- What do I want them to do as a result?
Applying these questions – which I’m now dubbing The Ford Test– to this blog as a whole, and to each of my posts in turn, I discovered (re-discovered?) that although I have plenty to say, I have no idea who I’m talking to, and no sense of how or whether the content is actionable in any meaningful way.
After failing the test miserably, I decided to give it another thought. This isn’t necessarily what the blog is in its current form, but what it wants to be.
Who am I talking to?
You are a friend, friend in the making, or simply a like-minded explorer of the nooks and crannies of this globalized and increasingly techo-biased world. You’re fascinated by the micro and the macro alike.
What do I want to say to them?
I’m giving you a set of complete thoughts that dissect a system way too complex for me to properly understand. When weaved together, they form a larger, slowly congealing narrative. Underlying all these thoughts is a general theme is about getting better about whatever we do, as individuals, as a group, and as a society.
Life is too complex to figure much of anything out, but it’s possible to make powerful steps forward by making small observations, generalizing them, broadcasting them to a community, gathering feedback, and synthesizing. (Or, as Bill would call it, “flocking”)
What do I want them to do as a result?
Agree with me. Disagree with me. Point me at examples, counter-examples, related points of view, and tangents. Let’s solve this riddle together as a distributed army of Watsons that together form a mega-Holmes in a Voltron-like symbiosis. Are you feeling it?!
With all that in mind, I need to get a lot better at engaging. Getting my thoughts out is only a small part of the feedback loop. To that point:
- Does this outlook speak to you?
- Should I focus tighter, and if so, where?
- Do you have any suggestions for creating a healthy discussion here?
Please share your thoughts below – your feedback is crucial … and much appreciated!
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