Wednesday, May 7, 2008


I continue to focus on the fact that we are clearly in our second decade of a "network enabled" society.

These past few days have been marked by several anniversaries, some of loss and others of joy but all around people who are or have been a part of my life. These relationships are such a crucial part of life. I've been able to share this loss and joy with my virtual family. It makes me wonder as we move the strategy for 3D Internet if we can quantify at this very early juncture the value of humanity as it relates to knowing each other, meeting and working together no matter where the "space". We are afterall meeting now in Cyberspace the next great space!
I remind my team regularly that knowing people-- no matter where you meet is important, who are they, what do they enjoy, about their family or friends, a sincere exchange. I'm honored to be introduced to family and friends and find this no matter where it takes place. I think this is one reason why people in the virtual worlds are creating psuedo relationships. For example, I'm not only a Kearney but a Witte. Rita and Josh write about this in their blog. It's fascinating because somehow I feel related to other Witte's. Identity does matter and although we now have multiple roles and facets to our identity I find that at some level it's all about connecting to and with People.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Envisioning the future

I'm asked at almost every speaking engagement or customer event
to share my perspective of the future as it relates to 3D Internet.
As my ideas begin I often think back to the beginning of the worldwide web and how important it was to simply link documents and information.

Today we see the same emphasis on linking people. I do believe fundamentally that is the most important part of my work. Whether I am coaching my team to collaborate or actively collaborating with others inside and outside the company, it's connecting and building meaningful solutions to the problems, whether they are social, government or business.

The lines between these bodies are not as clearly defined as they once were, but I'm certain there is something to the triad in the three key organizational groups. No doubt it gives an odd challenge and balance approach to human systems. I guess Benjamin Franklin got it right in this design!

Clearly, the vision of the sensory web is new but I can tell you many are intrigued by it. Last night I attended Villanova's Computing Summit. We had great discussions around motivating and recruiting students to go into computer science. It's clearly an ongoing need and I was glad to be able to share my experience and my outlook on "cool" things you can do at work. It's certainly a fun place to be working right now and it's really fun to think we are setting the stage for the next generation Internet.