Mon 19 Jan 2009
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I’m not generally one to comment on political matters (ok, I never do, other than this this month, for some reason) at least not for political purposes. The linkage here to my typical areas of discussion should soon be readily aparrent. Feel free to comment or email me if not, and I’d be glad to elaborate.
We are at an amazing point in history – and not just because Barack Obama is about to become the first African American president. He is, thanks to his charisma, drive, eloquence, perspective… representative of the transition point we’ve reached. This period of change has been brewing since 2000, and was set in motion in earnest in 2004. His success in getting to this point has been both a catalyst for, and the result of, Americans being ready for what Obama has called “The Change We Need”.
This change is about transcendence, repair, and to borrow from the technical lexicon – interoperability – domestically and internationally, philosophically, infrastructurally. Not to imply that there aren’t still dark days ahead, but we’ve already seen movement across party and racial lines, and participation, if not enthusiasm among the previously non-voting or heretofore politically and/or socially indifferent (- the numb or perhaps even the resigned or capitulated).
In these economic times, and while the world’s perception of the U.S. is at a low, we could ask for nothing greater than the combination of an energized and informed nation with an administration tuned to leveraging and guiding this enthusiasm – to rebuild. Interoperability – between the government and the people, between departments, programs, institutions – connecting the moving parts necessary – is the technology of this new era, to make this change work.