They call themselves by many names: network weavers, online instigators,
practitioners of media parkour, creativity catalysts, industrial ecologists, innovation networkers, thought architects
-- and many more, including a number of the people involved here on Evoke. What they have in common is truly new ideas well rooted in the work of the most interesting thinkers and artists of the past and the ability to communicate those ideas effectively and form active communities to support them using the fullest range of tools-- from the oldest to the newest.
These are the people I would reach out to in the event of a true pandemic or other emergency. I would call on them to reach out to their networks to evaluate the problem, come up with solutions, and spread the word. I can think of no more effective and promising way to tackle our biggest problems.