It was Epictetus who said “we have two ears and one mouth, so we can listen twice as much as we speak”.
Welcome to this blog, where I’ll try to explore aspects of how we communicate and collaborate. And I will do that from a mixed perspective, taking into account human factors as well as technological ones.
Being an engineer by education, I was of the opinion that technology could solve anything. That it was an end in itself and progress was measured by how complex our products, systems and machines were at a certain time. I believed that our efforts should be directed towards creating better and more useful tools.
And then, at a certain point in my career, I started working in the area of communications and collaboration. I had the chance to play around with some of the firsts products built to improve the way we communicate. The potential was enormous. This would only get bigger and bigger, as more people joined the collaboration revolution. It would be a spiral.
But then I was a bit shocked by reality. Not everyone wanted to use the tools. Some people even rejected them on purpose, doing things the same way they used to do years ago. At that moment I realised that technology is just a piece of the puzzle. When it comes to bringing people together to achieve something, there are others, often more important, that need to be considered.
If we look around, one can not negate the fact that we are today more connected that anywhere in the past. This connectivity rate is growing exponentially, not linearly. Technology evolves much quicker than our brain does. How does this affect the way we think? Are our communication patterns changing? How do we absorb the impact that implies being connected to so many people at once? Have we developed our senses, mental processes, our thinking to cope with this new situation?
I believe we are living a time which, when looked back from the future, will be seen as the communication revolution. And like any revolution, it will change forever the way we do things and even how we are. Are we conscious that we’re part of that now? I don’t think so, or at least not always. It is my intention to bring questions and topics to this space so that we take a step back and discuss how we communicate and how we can do better. If we look to the past and see how the human race has been able to evolve, I think it’s thanks to the ability to communicate to others. Our capacity to share knowledge and ideas have sparkled innovation. And innovation, in turn, created progress, evolution. Our brain has also followed this path and how we relate to other human beings I think shapes its functions and processes.
My main goal is that you take part of this blog. Let’s use this space as a platform for conversations. More than having lots of readers, I’d like to have a community of participants. I’d like to invite everyone to share his/her thoughts on the topics proposed. Or even suggest the next one, if you have curiosity on a new tool, social site, trend, etc that affects how we communicate.
“The fundamental problem of communication is that of reproducing at one point either exactly or approximately a message selected at another point. Frequently the messages have meaning” – Claude Shannon (1948).