In speaking to the CEO of a major US energy company, as he reflected on the upcoming turnover of a huge population reaching retirement age, he said he would love to search a data to assess people and make offers to go to his plants- meaning a real job, one that brings with it a livelihood. Today, he has to put up posters, put out ads, or send representatives to every base.
Be useful, not resentful. This was the message of their actions as they worked to create a culture of unoffendablilty and comfort with uncertainty.
The privilege and trappings of the Pope’s position place him in the precarious position of having to thread a needle with a camel, to borrow a New Testament aphorism. The temptation to exclude must be extraordinary.
Russell’s decision to produce uncertainty in front of a live audience with the enemy du jour was brilliant because it worked and even more brilliant because its success was never certain.
The pendulum that has swung too far toward allowing individuals and small groups to have disproportionate influence needs to be halted and pushed back.
Distributed power eschews the castle’s illusion of fortitude for the invincibility of the Hydra. With tech-driven magic, it moves forward without a central system of absolute control. It is laying the groundwork for our future.