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Think and act big: Can this help at least a million people?

I like this concept because I've seen too many seemingly great ideas that work in "control groups", "small settings" or as long as the "grant monies held out", that never lived up to the promise or the need of making life better for millions.

Learning to think to scale combined with sustainability of those solutions can lead to lasting change.

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Comment by Greg Stevenson on March 6, 2010 at 10:14pm
Sustainable as in self-perpetuating?
Comment by Kristi Miller Durazo on March 6, 2010 at 11:07pm
Self perpetuating or perhaps more self-evolving. One would hope that each iteration, each new idea would continually improve and refine.
Comment by Greg Stevenson on March 6, 2010 at 11:44pm
Good point. Few related questions. Do you think Free-market capitalism's evolution has improved with each iteration? Perhaps a pendulum effect? The next iteration will steer it back on track?
Comment by Kristi Miller Durazo on March 7, 2010 at 12:07am
It depends on what we mean by "free market" If by free we mean transparent, then I'm not sure current lessons apply. The market certainly wasn't operating freely with the perverse incentive structures allowed to be created.

So, if the evolution is to transparency and accountability, whether in government or private enterprise AND we take responsibility to act on that knowledge, then I don't think it's a pendulum effect, but evolution to a higher level.

Seems simplistic or academic. Perhaps more a caution of "lessons learned" on the way to sustainable, evolving, scalable solutions.
Comment by Ken Walling on March 7, 2010 at 2:48pm
I'm guilty of not thinking and acting big enough. This is an area that I will be working on, to improve my own social innovation skills. I took the first step with my "Vision for the future: March 2020" blog post. But I'm not done trying to increase the size of my vision.

I may still be too mired down in trying to apply what my skill set has been to date. This is focused on Information Technology, and Information Security in particular.

That being said, I do see a real need for innovation in cyberspace regarding privacy, security, and increased availability. While I'm not sure that my efforts are going to directly impact food security, for example, I can see how I can contribute to anyone's plan to change the world.

Also, if I can build a large enough team, we can think even bigger. I hope you check out the blog post I mentioned above, and let me know if you think it is a big enough vision, or how I might expand it even more.

Comment by Simon Brookes on March 7, 2010 at 6:49pm
I have given you +5 for knowledge share Agent Kristi for starting this great conversation. I'm looking forward to seeing more contribution from you.
Comment by Troy Steege on March 10, 2010 at 5:08pm
The deliberation of what free market really is, or what this really affords, is the heart of the issue. I believe strongly that the concept of a free market, at the basest level, is the driver to anything that is successful.

Think of the current exercise. This game represents a free market forum in which to exchange ideas and act. The concept for this game is the result of a perceived need, and we have responded. Collectively, as participants, we are demonstrating a shared belief that the role of social media has a presence in tackling real problems. Success is already realized by virtue of the buzz that has been generated – the result is greater awareness of real world issues.

Free market is in fact the term to describe collective will. It is inherently better with each iteration because free market responds to social will as this will changes. Believers will always look for that which is better, and seek ways to innovate. Free market simply ties a loose, conceptual term to this reality.
Comment by Simon Brookes on March 10, 2010 at 5:18pm
And that was a brilliant way of expressing the concept of free market Agent Steege. +10 Entrepreneurship for your expressive and accurate view.
Comment by Kristi Miller Durazo on March 10, 2010 at 6:07pm
Great summary Troy. I agree with your a****sment. "Free" can be hindered by actions that aren't necessarily in the interest "free", like corruption or even well intended, but misguided regulation. That is an important reality check we need to consider as we begin to formulate solutions. The law of unintended consequences----


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