“We who work in technology have nurtured an especially rare gift: the opportunity to effect change at an unprecedented scale and rate.”
– Do great things
It is fortunate that many positive changes in this world are being driven with the power of technology. Yet it is unfortunate that it seems many people who are equipped with this gift to wield tech in their hands do not comprehend how empowered they are:
“It used to be that in order to reach more people than you could talk to in a day, you had to be rich and famous and powerful. You had to be a celebrity, a politician, a CEO. But that’s not true today. Now ordinary people have voice, not just those of us lucky to go to HBS, but anyone with access to Facebook, Twitter, a mobile phone. This is disrupting traditional power structures and leveling traditional hierarchy. Control and power are shifting from institutions to individuals, from the historically powerful to the historically powerless.” – Sheryl Sandberg
I consider myself blessed that I am a child of the early 80’s. I grew up in a generation whereby we wrote letters with pen and paper — the analog days.
It amazes me how much we can do, how much individual power we now possess, and how much talent we have, and yet we fall horribly short at attempting to change the world for the greater good.
With this series of posts I hope to touch upon my perspective on how I believe this world can make tremendous progress with technology, if only more of us cared to harness this power and gift many of us are blessed with.
“If you’re going to devote the best years of your life to your work, have enough love for yourself and the world around you to work on something that matters to you deeply.” – Do great things