I wrote this post for InterventTech on 19 May 2009. Click on the link at the bottom to read the full post.
BLOG EXTRACT – Kicked off and driven by Stow Boyd, the Digital futures session at Futuresonic 09 was beautifully optimistic. The session explored new visions for the future based on behaviours and trends emerging from networked culture and raised some tricky questions about the importance of shared vision and collective decision making in successfully shaping the future we want.
Leading on this platform, Stow Boyd introduced the term Edglings to the Futuresonic audience. Boyd first introduced Edglings on his blog /Message back in 2006 as a metaphor for a new kind of citizen. A citizen that he saw emerging as a result of the web. In Boyds view, this new kind of citizen is defined by a new worldview made possible by the internet and the possibility of extended interaction between many. Edglings hold a ‘glocalised’ perspective on the world (simultaneously local and global rather than national) and are attracted online because it provides a more egalatarian view of the world, the possibility to produce, consume and take part. On top of this networked communication online also provides a sense of personal empowerment that other publishing mediums cannot on the same scale, it enables people to talk about what matters to them, connect up with others and potentially ‘make a difference’ in some way. In terms of impact Boyd described Edglings as a movement underpinned by a common set of values. These values Boyd expressed, will help drive us toward a web culture that offers broader hope for humanity and the possibility of a survivable future. Wowser.