May 26, 2012

The Power of Networks

I thought I would share this wonderful stop motion movie from director Mikey Please. It is a brilliant animation, but what I want to highlight is not so much the movie, but what makes it possible...the power of networks.

Today, crowd funding networks are the platforms that give creatives and others “permission...” In other words...funding. I am referring to networks like Kick Starter, IndieGoGo, Kiva and other crowd or social funding sites. They are giving “permission” to a new wave...and much needed community building projects and creative expression.

These networks are responsible for unleashing the pent-up creativity that lies within all of our communities...creativity and energy that would otherwise lie dormant if left up to the number crunching and mind numbing legacy system found within our institutions of banks, governments, foundations and educational entities. It is these institutions that have traditionally held the keys to our communities’ growth.

The old model of asking for “permission” is broken and cannot foster the vision needed to make the moral and ethical decisions for resource allocation that builds our communities. I believe it is the legacy system of governance that has caused our institutions to lose sight of their original role of community building. Instead we are all trapped by a drive to create more and more fiat money as an end and not a means of fostering community.

The world is too complex for the health of a community to be measured in cold financial metrics and dispassionate statistics. One dimensional information and concentrated decision making authority is strangling our society.

So, networks like Kick Starter and IndieGoGo have popped up to help us see others’ vision and pool our resources to bypass the old system and give “permission” to projects like Mikey Please’s next film and others’ lofty dreams...


Our old institutions must learn from the power of networks and make the necessary changes that will foster healthy community.

Oh, in case you are interested in how Mikey made his film...enjoy...

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