Glad to have found Omni Project after a rollercoaster ride through Twitter this evening.
For months I’ve been trying to define this “it” that I had discovered through Twitter - a mix of tweets, podcasts, blogs, and YouTube channels focused on the tech/the future/our changing society. In my writing I’ve been calling “it” the “Twitter-blogo-sphere”: A cross-section of Ribbonfarm, Farnam Street, John Vervaeke, futurism, psychology of tech, new media, The Blue Church, etc. etc…what exactly was it?
Now I have my answer: the “Sensemaking Web”, “Intellectual Deep Web”, “Inter-Intellect”, #GameB. However amorphous or loosely defined, it’s real.
I’ve been focused on curating inspiring thinkers on my website lately, which led to a sort of “epiphany” in recent weeks about the value and importance of curating and connecting the best thinkers and ideas currently scattered across the internet. In an essay called “The Great Curation”, I talk about “digital cartographers” helping to map the “white spaces of human knowledge”. An excerpt from my piece:
At present, digital cartographers largely work alone or in small groups. Mapping of our digital future occurs in scattered locations: discussions of niche books, old podcast interviews, Discourse forums, and the emerging “Twitter-Blogo-sphere”. Great ideas bubble up and are kicked around these fringe idea markets. Perell writes that forbidden truths about the 21st century “are shared in whispers, not shouts.” At any given time, a “digital cartographer” only has a partial understanding of the broader map emerging. Other pieces of the whole lay dormant in hidden outlets, or trapped within other people’s heads.
What if there were a way to bring together the brilliant, rich minds of “digital cartographers” together, making them more productive and effective at generating understanding and ideas about the world to come? What if we could induce collaboration between digital cartographers, encouraging each other to map our changing society, emboldening them to produce bold new methods of harnessing the information age tsunami for good? I believe we can. And it starts with a Great Curation.
Right now I’m working on curating the ideas of great thinkers (ex: Tyler Cowen). I’d love to contribute to Omni. How can I help?