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Make People Think You’re Crazy

Posted in Change on October 6th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

It’s one thing to act crazy, it’s another to go crazy. When Civil Rights Freedom Fighter Fred Shuttlesworth told the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. history wouldn’t be kind to him if he didn’t take chances, I’m sure they looked at Shuttlesworth sideways. When he returned to his home after the Klan tried to bomb it, people were sure he had lost his mind.

Each time Apple pioneer Steve Jobs told an engineer, the product wasn’t good enough, create the impossible, some surely wanted him fit for a straight jacket. And one can only imagine how uncomfortable some people were when he introduced the Mac, iPod, Nano, iPhone and the iPad.

Legal Scholar Derrick Bell quit more jobs to protest unfair practices than some people have in a lifetime. He was the first tenured Black Law School Professor at Harvard.

All three men were considered crazy by some of their peers. They didn’t color in the lines. They didn’t let naysayers, negativity or neglect affect their agendas. They did what they were put on Earth to do. Approval wasn’t necessary. They did not conform.

Difference, diversity and divergent thinking are integral parts of greatness. All three men walked different paths yet they clearly cross in the fight for freedom and access.

Their deaths are three legs on a stool. By fate, one wouldn’t have gone without the other. Don’t cut any of their legacies short or the stool won’t have a leg upon which to stand.

Make people think you’re crazy and history may remember you more fondly. Heck, you’ll get noted for standing out quicker than you will for fitting in.

Yochai Benkler, Author, The Wealth of Networks

Posted in Uncategorized on June 23rd, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

Yochai Benkler is the Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies and Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He is the author of The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedoms. (So far, it is a DENSE and at times repetitive read. I’ll decipher and let you know what he says.)

Professor Benkler was also a featured speaker at the Open Video Conference. He talked about how a person’s perspective can be more important than intelligence or genius. This is has happened because the Internet has given more people a way to participate. The access is allowing people who typically would have been ignored a voice.

He said the obvious, things are moving so fast that if you or your company are standing still you will be run over or passed over. This is a participatory culture, any and everyone can participate. You can blog, upload photos or videos, make comments, text, email, or contribute in any number of ways. He talked about how ownership no longer means authority. This is a very difficult pill for many who used to be in control to swallow.

As a matter of fact, I happened to be on the Open Video website on Sunday, June 21 and listened to someone say, traditional media and companies are not dinosaurs, they “are vicious, mean blood sucking beasts trying to create business models to put others out of business.” That’s deep, huh?

Anyway, I asked Professor Benkler to break his ideas down, what he talks about academically, in a way that everyone can understand. Here’s what he said in less than 60 seconds.