Brian Solis, My Salad Has Arrived

Nov 12th 2008 | 3 Comments | respond | trackback

Disclaimer: Melissa edited this wonderfully shot video. Had a professional edited Adrienne Brawley’s beautiful work, sponsors would throw money at Melissa and not ask one question about deliverables.

I met Brian Solis in Mountain View, Ca, home of Google and The Computer History Museum.  While waiting in the museum courtyard for my camera person to set up, I spotted a Babbage Machine in the museum window, it’s one of only two in existence.        I begged my way into the closed history museum and was on such a high from getting to see a piece of "thought antiquity" brought to life that Brian Solis could have said anything to me and I would’ve thought it was brilliant.  As luck would have it, what he said was brilliant anyway. It was a pleasure to meet and interview him.

I blindly interviewed Brian, he was an interview suggested to me by Brett Petersel of Mashable and Jane Quigley of Crayon. I had no idea what he was going to say, and honestly, I wondered why I agreed to talk to a PR guy. But wow, Brian Solis seems to be tapped into what is happening to our society as we adapt new technology to the way we want to live. And you know, he hit my soft spot for education (I send my 13yr old to a school where kids learn at their own pace whatever it is that they are interested in… I think the current public school model is a curiosity killer)

"Everything is changing to the point where (educational) content has to change or it’s just going to become irrelevant, it may actually hold (students) back… in the real world."

Does this make anyone else think about my first interview with Jason Fried, how he said that a person’s scholastic achivements mattered little to him and his company’s hiring process, what did matter was their level of curiosity and skill for the job at hand.

I think that society is changing and in turn it’s going to change how we structure our own goals and in turn how we meet those  goals. I think that It’s going to open up a broader set of opportunities and ideas for us, ones that we that never thought or deemed possible.

 That is presisely what I was thinking.  Is the planned life, the one that we plot on a timeline, is it worth living anymore? Is the method of planning from the future backwards to achive a goal a dying and irrelivant way to live? With so much of the world opening up to us, is it possible to follow our interests and intuition and still prosper? Is it possible that instead of conforming to our world, we will find ways to conform the world to us. Are collaboration and communication really the cornerstone of the new economy? Is creative thinking a currency?  My sources are telling me yes. What do you think?



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