What is the right size of idea for contributing to the global brain?


I’ve long grappled with how to share my ideas efficiently. I have a list of dozens of blog posts that I want to write, but I just don’t get around to it or don’t make the time.

What I want to do is to be able to more regularly share some short videos that share the seeds of ideas that people can engage with. When I wrote Living Networks, a long time ago now, I talked about contributing to the global brain.

I do it with sharing some kind of a thought or an idea that other people can respond to, and it becomes part of our collective intelligence, as we together build that into a conversation.

When I’ve created content, I’ve tended to make it relatively finished. When I write a blog post, I try to make it coherent. When I make my visual frameworks, I always put on top ‘Beta version 1’, to tell people that I am looking for feedback, that it is not finished.

But people see it as relatively complete. They either like it or they don’t. And so it doesn’t start a conversation. I think the interesting question is, what is the right size of idea to throw out there to become part of contributing to the global brain and collective intelligence?

It’s certainly smaller than it used to be. Not that long ago, we used to write blog posts and other people wrote blog posts and responded and had a conversation of relatively in-depth conversation, whereas now, it is more around this idea of perhaps fragments or bite sized pieces or, or slightly larger sizes that are the right size for people to engage with in this social media, very short attention span world.

I will experiment in the coming while, hopefully relatively regularly sharing some random thoughts and brief videos that people can consider, respond to and engage with, if they find it interesting. And hopefully become part of a bigger conversation. So thanks very much for listening and have a wonderful day.