Quote of the Day

“With rough approximation, it’s like before the Internet era we were single cells swimming alone in the ocean of life. Online communication fused us together into the first multi-cellular social organisms. Or maybe it’s more than that: by, connection, sharing and real time synchronization of people, the Internet gave us the first conscious social organisms: the social networks, and after that, by further evolution, the smarter mobs. And it’s clear to me that this is a two-way process: from individual to the group and vice-versa. The individual adds value – intellectual and emotional – to the group and the group infuses the individual with the collective sum of values brought by the other participants upon a pattern of organic mutual growth.”
–Howard Rheingold, writing at Smart Mobs about the power of the individual within the network as the value and impact of one person becomes much clearer.