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"Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation?" Guy de Maupassant

Tuesday, January 4, 2005

Yi-Tan Collective

Stuart has soft-launched our new Collective :

"For the last couple of months I've been working with Jerry Michalski and Dina Mehta on creating a new kind of collaborative work space and collective business. We call it Yi-Tan and our blog is "Conversations About Change. One may never be ready for the day when you start that new blog. We're still getting the bugs out and the platform is still being changed. Yet all of us believe in prototyping to the future."

Living and working in India, it is magic to have found this group of kindred spirits and souls.  Sounds flakey? Still its what brings together this community - one that believes in openness, sharing, the power of the collective and optimism about our present and our future.  And in abundance - a concept that says to me - 'share-learn-grow'.

My research into social media and technologies started when i set up my blog in 2003.  As a researcher and an explorer I immersed myself in studying social networking services, tools and technologies that are social in nature, and engaging in conversations about change with people all over the world.

For me, the seeds to be a part of the Yi Tan Collective were sown when i met Judith, Jerry and Stuart in October 2004 and it just seemed so right. I am convinced that pooling in our resources into our Collective is only going to bring us better, higher, more. To merge my blog with this community is one commitment i am happy to make - to move from Conversations with Dina to Conversations About Change!.  Still its just one small part of the plan.

Beliefs that I know are shared by us, and many many others who we hope to engage, have their roots in the philosophies of openness, abundance and trust. Engaging in conversations about change and researching and prototyping the future - visioning, facilitating the stretch, taking it to market within this context.YesAnd! - a soft centre which embraces people and diversity, building trusted networks of remarkable people, stretch that is implicit in this and the power of the collective.

We're going to be exploring social media and technologies that are going to change the way people comunicate, collaborate, engage with each other and organise for work and play. My experiences last week with the South-East Asia Earthquakes and Tsnunamis Blog and Wiki project have only reinforced that much of what we learn together can infact be actioned so quickly, and make a difference.    

Please do come and join the conversations and jazz play in this space. As Stuart says : "the conversations that matter are the oneís that we can take further, take us through change and keep us wanting more."

It is a work-in-progress, and will always be and that's part of the magic. 

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