Collaboration

May 28, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Category: Society, Web

In other places on this site, I’ve described my hypotheses that there were specific societal repercussions resulting from the youngest children forming the bulk of immigrating individuals.  The older children tend to stay with or near the family of origin.  This was particularly true up to about five generations ago when inherited land would go to the oldest children and primogeniture laws disinherited younger sons.

I hypothesize that the result was that the United States received immigrants who were both more creative than the status quo and more comfortable within an environment of innovation.  A community’s artists are often made up of the maturational-delayed males (it is my hypothesis that youngest sons are more likely to be maturational delayed), the narcissists and creative types.  Innovators and entrepreneurs often are made up of these risk-takers and societal outsiders.  In other words, the American male classic personality type–creative, selfish, independent and innocent–are features of the maturational-delayed males.  These are the immigrants to America.

This is all conjectural.  Indeed, this site is filled with a vast, interlocking series of conjectures based upon both established studies and unproved hypotheses.  Nevertheless, spying new implications of the foundation thesis and sharing those suggestions is largely what this website is about.

In the previous piece, I outlined the power of a geography-free, barrierless Internet in a context of content providers and users forming commercial relationships based upon the time that a user spends on a provider site.  Micropayments dispersed by a central agency could encourage exponential growth in unique, high quality media, educational and aesthetic content.

Consider that there is a process already underway, not unlike the massive immigrations of the 19th and early 20th centuries, which is putting in contact with one another innovators and creators from across the planet.  Immigrants are not now crossing oceans to enter an environment uniquely conducive to unique productions, invention and creative collaborations.  Instead, users and producers are finding each other on the web.

We are at the very beginning of an innovation explosion, one hardly conceivable in a world driven by consumption, not creation.  Across the planet, young people are flexing creative tendencies while connecting to other young people without the barrier of geography to prevent them from forming alliances with like souls.  As social networking applications and virtual worlds become more adept at teasing out what makes individuals unique, simpatico individuals will find it easier to find one another amongst the throngs or multitudes of individuals a single click away from contact.

The dynamic behind the entrepreneurial fervor of the United States is bursting onto the global stage, except that which is exponentially expanding is not a lust to possess more stuff but a compulsion to collaborate to create.  The Internet is the new commons, the new world.

We are all immigrants in this land.


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