Alex Lightman takes observations from two writers separated by a century and a half and uses them as a basis for an optimistic look at the future. Alexis de Toqueville wrote that in the US the proliferation of voluntary associations made the social fabric of the nation that much richer. In our own time, Francis Fukuyama has asserted that the ability to trust those you know is one of a society's most valuable resources.
Lightman continues by showing how this combination of association and trust was harnessed to promote positive change in the specific example of the move to embrace the IPv6 standard. He terms this process globalization/localization and believes that the nature of the universe is such that when change is wished for strongly enough and actions are taken to start that change, the movement will generate a momentum of its own.
This talk is as much an introduction to the next Accelerating Change conference as an epilogue for this one. As he sends the audience away with copies of Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat, he asks them to read it quickly so that everyone is rapidly up to speed with the nature of the changes affecting the globe today.
Alex Lightman is a leading writer and speaker on the future of technology. He has published over 250,000 words in the 21st century, including 100 articles for business, technology, and political magazines. He is the author of the first book on 4G - Brave New Unwired World: The Digital Big Bang and the Infinite Internet.
Alex is CEO of Charmed Technology and chairs the IPv6 Summits in North America, which attract the largest assemblage of Internet innovators in government, business, and academia. He is also the first and so far only CalIT2 scholar, affiliated with the University of California, and a visiting scholar with California State University (via SDSU). CEO Magazine recognized him as one of ten CEOs of the Future. He has been interviewed over 1,000 times, usually in relation to wearable computers as fashion.
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