Roland Harwood talks about the range of innovation projects made possible by the net, from global to hyper-local. He includes this view
What they miss is the power of people connecting face to face so they can literally seeing the whites of each other’s eyes. And whilst I can’t deny that I am a huge fan of the web and social media, I also see a gap in building trusted innovation networks and bringing diverse groups of people together in a room together and seeing what they can create together.
I resonate with this and I like to work real live human beings in a space more than trying to “leverage” them technologically – much as I love the contact the web makes possible. It’s a bugbear of mine that we often go to the expense of getting bodies in a room only to do to them what could easily be done online – eg download information – rather than work with magic that is possible when humans gather together.