Today some of the most creative and forward thinking people in the UK will descend on sunny Exeter in preparation for tomorrow's annual gathering of the #LikeMinds conference.
Ahead of my talk on Friday morning I thought I would give you a little preview and invite some feedback on a poem I have written for the occasion, which (depending on your feedback) I am thinking of using as my opener.
In a year that has truly seen social media, the recommendation economy and technology make the headlines this is a little reflection on how I still feel we need to strive to truly be US in the digital space. As my friend Bex always says - what we do online is not some 'virtual' world - we are people on a offline. It's all about perspective isn't it.
Hope you like it - comments welcomed (be gently brutal - Ta).
Is news now only what's trending
not what rules bankers are bending
or what MPs are spending
or heartbreaks simple words are mending
or crying in the night from
voices with no way of fending
is my truth just what I create
or seek to orchestrate
like a mad conductor on the run away train
of the latest perplexing meme.
Or delinquent dream of a different
way of thinking -
is the extent of my imagination brink-ing?
or is it only beginning , seeking
to break the 140 character horizon.
If so then why do we find ourselves sinking?
drowning in noise whilst searching for a signal
drenched in wi-fi & 3G waves
hoping to find a single
route to what I crave.
hoping to link deeper but avoiding any depth.
Maybe I need to watch my steps.
Is my over connectedness
disconnecting these words from my heart
have i been so busy busying
that I really failed to start
searching for all the answers
in all the right places
are my-space's really just books of faces
twittering in the silence
where no one truly finds.
Maybe all I really want is to discover
some uniquely - Like Minds.