Don’t be afraid
January 24, 2009 at 8:23 pm #65484
Say your piece. A lot of people have served our country and sacrificed to make sure that you can. The crucible of ideas that began in Independence Hall has now spread to the internet. Social networking is a logical extension of the vision of the framers and founders: an idea is expressed and through examination, debate, and filtering by your fellow citizens is accepted or rejected. Perhaps modified, and hopefully improved. Sometimes it’s just plain blown out of the water. That is OK.
I’ve noticed that many participating in the govloop experience here are degreed, accomplished leaders in an incredible array of disciplines. It can be intimidating to say anything at all. But please remember Shakespeare, Jefferson, Lincoln and Adams had no degrees. So most of you have an advantage. OPM would probably kick out their applications for federal service today.
Lincoln said, “A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for
successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones.”
–September 30, 1859 Address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society
likelove about this social networking crucible is the speed at which ideas can spread, be shared, and sometimes, be blown out of the water.
So read on and then say your piece. At some point, an idea is ready to pour from the crucible into the mold of a project, plan, or action. And that is what it is all about. Doing something. Social networking is a way to get it right. Faster and better.
January 26, 2009 at 2:22 pm #65498
A nice thought, and one I hope will be taken to heart.
Perhaps some folks have experienced the rather predictable problems with blogging. The tendency for a blog to turn into a free-for-all, or be dominated by one or two “big thinkers”, or to be burned directly by lurkers – – – any of that is enough to make even the strong a bit reluctanct to step out on a thread.
Nobody likes to be a target of opportunity, or think they’re exposed to ridicule. But It might be worthwhile to note that so far none of the above has been seen on this blog. Comity reigns at every turn, and isn’t that a wonderful thing no matter where you find it?
So come on in, the water is fine, and there ain’t a shark in sight…
January 26, 2009 at 3:37 pm #65496
Don’t confuse your experience with non-professional forums/blogs (where posters use handles and pseudonyms) with what happens when people post as professionals with full names and contact information and are accountable for their actions. When Stewart Brand helped establish “The Well”, the first on-line community, in the SF-Bay area, in the mid-90’s, one thing he insisted on was that posters had to use their real and full name. He did so because he felt that would assure accountability and responsible behaviour. In the intervening 15 or so years, I have yet to see any evidence to contradict that premise. The more likely scenario is that there are folks who lurk here and are leery of posting because they lack the time to follow up or get more deeply involved, feel they lack the expertise or authority to comment, or simply have a hard time turning their ideas into words. To them, I say “C’mon in. The water’s fine!”.
January 26, 2009 at 4:56 pm #65494
Very nice – Thank you Mark for your comments. I am a believer in the real name game as well. Citizen on and off-line.
January 26, 2009 at 5:04 pm #65492
Thank you Joe,
The courtesy inherent in comity is a key. Great comment. Right on.
January 26, 2009 at 8:18 pm #65490
OK. I will say my piece. 🙂
I think Adams went to Harvard and Jefferson to Willian and Mary.
January 26, 2009 at 8:44 pm #65488
That’s terrific and correct Donald! The earliest known official reference to Harvard as a “university” occurs in the new Massachusetts Constitution of 1780. Attendance did not lead to “degrees” in the modern sense. Simply to have a attended made you a “college man”. Jefferson attended Wm & Mary for two years (Starting at the age of sixteen). So – I’m standing on technicalities – no “degrees”.
They were very sharp guys nonetheless. 🙂 Wish we had them on govloop.
Thanks Donald – MD
January 26, 2009 at 11:07 pm #65486
I sure liked that comment Donald – From Harvard Magazine: In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, if a graduate of Harvard College wanted a diploma, he paid a local engrosser to write it out, in words specified by the Corporation, and then took it to the president, with a fee, to have it signed and sealed.
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