culture change

Who is the actual human we are targeting?

We begin by identifying every single person who is online. We do this by proving which social handles are connected to real people and which are simply junk accounts. The way to prove if a social handle is connected to a real person is to append extra data next to a social handle, such as other social handles, emails, addresses, phone numbers, the social handles of family members, job titles/bios from social sites (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo). This is important because we want to analyze real human beings and their behaviors. The reason we want to study real people is to make accurate predictions about human behavior and the outcomes of behavior in different contexts. When we can predict behavior more accurately, then we are able to influence individuals, which is one of the ultimate end games of marketing, advertising and pubic relations.

When we have a healthy set of columns with this kind of information, then we can move on to using tools that study all of the content posted by an individual, as well as the way the individual describes himself/herself in bios on various sites. We can also study posts about individuals, some of which may include video footage, images, interviews, and sites that denote achievement. This set of software studies all of this content about an individual and classifies him/her as a specific persona type, along with the interests this individual focuses on. This is important because we want to know more about the type of person each individual is and what influences his/her behavior.

The next set of software we use derives insight from offline data, such as the data from credit bureaus, credit card companies, direct marketing companies, catalogue marketing companies, club membership research, background checks, etc. When we blend offline data with online data, we are able to demonstrate with more confidence the brand preferences, purchasing-buying styles, and many other classifiers related to an individual. This is important because online conversations, posts, and self-description in bios do not always give us enough to deeply understand the behavior of individuals. The blending of offline and online data results in a more complete portrait of the individual human being.

In short, we are able to more precisely influence what an individual human being will do in the future. For a brand, this long-term influence is very important as this will be how loyalty and sales are ensured. There are, of course, deeper goals for other organizations, such as governments, religious groups and media groups. These groups are often interested in wholesale culture change, particularly in enemy/competitive territory. The action of changing another culture is a top long term priority of groups that have been around far longer than the Unilevers and P&Gs of the world.

THE SOLOMON BRAIN: How the Machine Became Self Aware and Why It Matters Who Wakes It Up

One of the most exciting results of training machines to analyze/gain insight from online conversations will be a self-aware machine. This artificial mind will begin offering recommendations. And, eventually, when humans trust the insights and recommendations of this machine, they will give it access to executable actions in the real world.

Bias matters in such a scenario. If we train the machine only to be efficient, then there may not be much left of current human society. On the other hand, if we train the machine in compassion, we must also train it to steer away from “stupid compassion”, whereby toxins slip through the cracks.

Wisdom must supersede efficiency in the humans who train these machines, giving the synthetic mind a balanced perspective on human issues and evolution.

Listening is a core muscle for thriving online

The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.
~Rachel Naomi Remen

Listening and asking for clarification is hugely important in the social networks. People are finding their voice in these networks, often for the first time. People are writing themselves into being in these networks. This requires frequent wisdom and compassion.

Yesterday, I encountered the reality of this needed compassion in a new way: I saw a variety of conversations that convinced me humanity is increasingly thinking as one mind. The weave of personal comments in threads with mass media news with music and images shared by individuals revealed to me the incredible way we have merged into a collective dance. Remember at high school dances when everyone danced on their own and then would merge into a line or a circle and then disperse again into couples and smaller groups? I watched this in real-time yesterday online. Truly amazing diversity woven into one shape, one circle, one global community – the Internet.

For years, I’ve predicted that a single tweet or FB post or YouTube video or Instagram photo would sweep the globe and fundamentally shift humans. Now I see that this is happening regularly. Individuals are offering up their thoughts in myriad networks via various mediums (text, image, video, music) and, in some cases, all of humanity circles around a particular message. An individual can watch a trend using sophisticated social media monitoring tools and jump in early on an emerging meme. He/she can capitalize on this meme and lead it, albeit with extreme aplomb since these memes are “thought-animals” that have a life of their own. The entrance of a meme into a culture, as many know, can significantly alter the individuals in that culture.

I think we have an opportunity to consciously sequence a series of memes in order to alter global consciousness. We have an opportunity to significantly change the way individuals relate to one another through an emphasis on kindness, goodness and empathy. One opportunity humans have online is simply to listen to others. And so we are all, in a way, sitting down in impromptu circles around specific posts and hearing each other out on that issue in the post. And often the issue morphs as participants work out their feelings and past issues. These expressions indicate a swiftly evolving conversation headed towards, we hope, understanding and unity on a global level.

Again, people are writing themselves into being in these networks. This requires frequent wisdom and compassion.

More On The Adjacent Possible

“Think of it as a house that magically expands with each door you open. You begin in a room with four doors, each leading to a new room that you haven’t visited yet. Those four rooms are the adjacent possible. But once you open one of those doors and stroll into that room, three new doors appear, each leading to a brand-new room that you couldn’t have reached from your original starting point.” ~Steve Johnson

Humans are changing as a result of relationships and conversations within social networks. There are two specific types of people in relationship nowadays that are driving this change. The first type are humans who talk about “transcending flesh” through digital life. These people spend the majority of their waking hours online. The other type of person turns ideas into flesh products & services.

So the first group is focused on replicating flesh experience within the digital or virtual realm. And the second is focused on turning digital experiences into physical products and services. The tension of these two seemingly opposing directions within social networks is highly fruitful for creative types. To be clear, those who frequently “exit the flesh” to play in the digital realm (gamers, for example) are complimentary to those who are creating a science-fiction-like reality in the flesh (innovators in health technology, for example).

Digital experience is giving humanity a hint that flesh can be transcended. Digital experience is also giving humanity the vision of a super-body, augmented by implants. Virtual avatars could potentially exist for many millions of years in synthetic bodies. Such “virtually-possessed” bodies could evolve into beings capable of transferring knowledge into the flesh community. Some even talk now about the homo sapiens species being left behind as the entire population enters a stage of being implanted with various devices. This new species could be called homo cyborg, as flesh and technology are increasingly blended.

It could be said that humans are involved in a slow motion “rapture” of sorts at this time. Our digital selves are summoning our physical selves to a limitless experience. This in turn could beget limitless energy technology and limitless health technology. As suggested before, we may be able to place our entire consciousness like a software program into a synthetic body that has a much longer life span.

The contemporary world operates constantly within public and private online networks. We can call these online forums “networks of light” in which human hearts connect every millisecond. In these networks, hearts become entangled and start to respond like joined twins, even at a distance. In fact, we can say that humans carry on relationships at the speed of light nowadays. We literally enter quantum states, wherein entangled hearts interact within a channel that empowers the teleportation from light into matter.

It is this dawning realization of the teleportation of light into matter that drives human curiosity in this present age. We are remembering on a mass level how to turn thought into flesh…at increasing velocity. And the cyclical relationship between digital natives and flesh-producers generates this reality.

Forming a relationship with the customer is number one

I really agree with Ted Rubin that being real is more effective & potent than being perfect.

Here’s one reason why I agree with Ted:

Within a large corporation, there are often moments when chaos and fear collide to create real mis-understandings. The chaos results from so many initiatives happening at once. The fear results from a very simple reality – people hanging on to their jobs. When a very large corporation enters social networks for the first time, it is usually via several silos, and even separate regions. This can produce chaos, this can produce fear. And those who enter this chaos and fear, and attempt to coalesce the efforts of the corporation in social networks…well, the only hope for such people is to embody the authentic, the real, the humble, the calm and balanced. This effort in social networks is not about a military strike or the creation of a ruling robot…it is about how we as a brand will form a relationship with our customer.