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Merry: Technology to support human connection

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I have a mate, Jimmy. I love Jimmy. We started a Shire learning centre down in Yarmouth when I first moved to Nova Scotia and he's now down there running something called Bully Goth Farm, where he's doing all kinds of incredible organic foods and pickling and chickens and turkeys and ducks, just doing incredible stuff. I remember sitting around the fire with him at the Shire one time, talking. And he was like, 'You know, I think e-mail is just like an intermediate technology. It's basically building our belief that we're actually innately telepathic. It's like, we need all the infrastructure of the internet in place at the moment, but at some point we're just going to transcend it.’ I don't know what the role of technology is, but when you said that it made me think of that and chuckle.
Because what is the role of technology in our revolution? What is it? We're more connected than we've ever been. Technology is part of that. I'm grateful for it. We need to be connected right now. My experience of the technology is that it can support human connection. If I'm working on large-scale work and I've got people in a core team that are across a whole region or in different countries and we're tackling something like a large-scale food system or we're looking at health care transformation or transforming the culture and infrastructure of youth systems for example, then technology allows us to be in non-local work together. Though I think we always need to have a rhythm of meeting face to face. But the technology can sustain that connection in a way that maybe it wouldn't be sustained otherwise. So that's how I see it serving the work.

Added on 11 Jun 2016