Meaningful Things that Matters the Most

julho 26, 2010

The Generation M Manifesto

Dear Old People Who Run the World, My generation would like to break up with you.

Everyday, I see a widening gap in how you and we understand the world — and what we want from it. I think we have irreconcilable differences.

You wanted big, fat, lazy “business.” We want small, responsive, micro-scale commerce. You turned politics into a dirty word. We want authentic, deep democracy — everywhere.

You wanted financial fundamentalism. We want an economics that makes sense for people — not just banks. You wanted shareholder value — built by tough-guy CEOs. We want real value, built by people with character, dignity, and courage.

You wanted an invisible hand — it became a digital hand. Today’s markets are those where the majority of trades are done literally robotically. We want a visible handshake: to trust and to be trusted. You wanted growth — faster. We want to slow down — so we can become better.

You didn’t care which communities were capsized, or which lives were sunk. We want a rising tide that lifts all boats.

You wanted to biggie size life: McMansions, Hummers, and McFood. We want to humanize life.

You wanted exurbs, sprawl, and gated anti-communities. We want a society built on authentic community.

You wanted more money, credit and leverage — to consume ravenously. We want to be great at doing stuff that matters.

You sacrificed the meaningful for the material: you sold out the very things that made us great for trivial gewgaws, trinkets, and gadgets.

We’re not for sale: we’re learning to once again do what is meaningful.

There’s a tectonic shift rocking the social, political, and economic landscape.

The last two points above are what express it most concisely. I hate labels, but I’m going to employ a flawed, imperfect one: Generation “M.” What do the “M”s in Generation M stand for? The first is for a movement. It’s a little bit about age — but mostly about a growing number of people who are acting very differently. They are doing meaningful stuff that matters the most. Those are the second, third, and fourth “M”s.

Gen M is about passion, responsibility, authenticity, and challenging yesterday’s way of everything. Everywhere I look, I see an explosion of Gen M businesses, NGOs, open-source communities, local initiatives, government. Who’s Gen M? Obama, kind of. Larry and Sergey. The Threadless, Etsy, and Flickr guys. Ev, Biz and the Twitter crew. Tehran 2.0. The folks at Kiva, Talking Points Memo, and FindtheFarmer. Shigeru Miyamoto, Steve Jobs, Muhammad Yunus, and Jeff Sachs are like the grandpas of Gen M. There are tons where these innovators came from.

Gen M isn’t just kind of awesome — it’s vitally necessary. If you think the “M”s sound idealistic, think again. The great crisis isn’t going away, changing, or “morphing.” It’s the same old crisis — and it’s growing. You’ve failed to recognize it for what it really is. It is, as I’ve repeatedly pointed out, in our institutions: the rules by which our economy is organized. But they’re your institutions, not ours. You made them — and they’re broken.

Here’s what I mean: “… For example, the auto industry has cut back production so far that inventories have begun to shrink — even in the face of historically weak demand for motor vehicles. As the economy stabilizes, just slowing the pace of this inventory shrinkage will boost gross domestic product, or GDP, which is the nation’s total output of goods and services.”

Clearing the backlog of SUVs built on 30-year-old technology is going to pump up GDP? So what? There couldn’t be a clearer example of why GDP is a totally flawed concept, an obsolete institution. We don’t need more land yachts clogging our roads: we need a 21st Century auto industry. I was (kind of) kidding about seceding before. Here’s what it looks like to me: every generation has a challenge, and this, I think, is ours: to foot the bill for yesterday’s profligacy — and to create, instead, an authentically, sustainably shared prosperity. Anyone — young or old — can answer it.

Generation M is more about what you do and who you are than when you were born. So the question is this: do you still belong to the 20th century – or the 21st?

Love, Umair and the Edge Economy Community

(Manifesto da Geração M, publicado no Harvard Business Review)


The knowledge Vine

junho 8, 2010

Mais uma rede social que promete ajudar muita gente com um modo de operação bem prático.

How it works

All an individual must do to use the system is to join the network, a very simple process at . Then, when you are ready to pose a question to the network, write it in the form of a single sentence question to a special email address for the system. This email is then forwarded to all the members of the network. If a colleague on the network has the knowledge or information you seeking, they will reply directly back to you (and only you) by email.

The absolute rules of the system are:

  1. Only one sentence allowed (plus contact information) – this forces the requester to communicate very clearly with all the individual experts on the network
  2. The sentence must be written in the form of a question
  3. Only reply to the person making the request (no-one else cares)
  4. No offers, promotions, or advertising

Example questions that individuals might post to the Knowledge Vine e-mail address:

  • Does anyone have a good contact for technology licensing personnel at Philips Semiconductor?
  • Does anyone have any good licensing agents/broker contacts in Taiwan or Japan?
  • Does anyone have any market data on the blood glucose market?
  • Does anyone know a good market research specialist in the environmental sector?

Because of the e-mail simplicity, the only traffic users see is an occasional single sentence emails in their in box. Because the e-mails are written in a very clear communication style, they are easy and very quick to read.

When posting a request to the group, the individual typically receives  5-10 replies, either with the information needed, or suggesting who might be able to provide it. The amount of traffic on the system is very light – typically 20 new questions are posed per month so email in the box load is minimal.

Thanks for the tip to

Para a gente:

junho 8, 2010

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

“There’s always an element of chance and you must be willing to live with that element. If you insist on certainty, you will paralyze yourself.” – J.P. Getty

Why join the navy if you can be a pirate?

maio 11, 2010

Cada vez mais fico fan do Steve Jobs.

Algumas frases do gênio e de outros tech-gurus.

Vivemos somente uma vez. Nada mais racional que façamos essa vida valer a pena arriscando e errando… abaixo, algumas das frases que mais gostei da lista linkada acima:

The way to succeed is to double your error rate.” (Thomas Watson, fundador da IBM)

“Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.” (Thomas Watson, fundador da IBM)

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” (Steve Jobs)

Não se mostra o trajeto a quem parte para se perder.

maio 13, 2009

No sábado passado fui em um evento chamado “Um convite ao risco não calculado” do pessoal da AIESEC mas com grande participação do pessoal do Instituto Inovação.

Foi muito bom.

Um esquema totalmente participativo, partindo do convite ao debate ao invés de trazer idéias já estabelecidas.

A chamada do primeiro slide da apresentação era “Não se mostra o trajeto a quem parte para se perder.”, bem sugestivo de como as coisas seriam “abertas” e “construidas” pelos próprios participantes.

A questão que tenho refletido é que para grande parte das inovações, ao contrário do senso comum que diz que devemos estabelecer “aonde queremos chegar“, o resultado vem justamente quando “partimos para nos perdermos“.

Ora, se é inovação, não tem jeito mesmo de saber onde se vai chegar, pois previamente não existe.

Faz sentido?

Então, o “convite ao risco não calculado“, na minha leitura, é um convite a lançar-se mais, arriscar mais, “seduzir com sua verdade“, que muitas vezes vem de encontro à “verdade” pré estabelecida (isso veio da palestrante), encontrar aquele raio de luz e segui-lo (alguém falou isso lá, não lembro quem), contestar o que te incomoda.

Nesse mundo tão quadrado, cartesiano, uma pitada de ousadia e lançar-se sem saber bem para onde me parece essencial.

Se não para atingir o sucesso, pelo menos para tentar alcançar algo além.

E, claro, para manter a sanidade!

Aproveito para compartilhar esse slide, muito cool:



junho 5, 2008


Apresento a vocês o Sistema Mineiro de Inovação (SIMI), projeto que faço parte desde Outubro 2007 e já começa a dar seus frutos, como por exemplo o Portal SIMI, um inorkut – orkut da inovação.  Embora esteja no começo, já tem muito material bom lá como por exemplo o artigo que originou o post anterior, sobre difusão da inovação.

O Sistema tem também um componente de gestão pública participativa, que identifica propostas setoriais de políticas e ações de fomento à inovação. O sistema conta com 10 universidades públicas e privadas, diversas secretarias de estado e empresas públicas e entidades de classe dos empresários, industrialistas e agropecuária. Conta também com Encontros de Inovação que reúne stakeholders de um determinado setor e, por meio de uma metodologia própria, busca identificar as ações que devem ser tomadas para resolver os problemas do setor relacionados à inovação.

Esse artigo, apresentado no Congresso Consad de Gestão Pública, explica todo o sistema.

Se estiver com preguiça, o vídeo abaixo explica bem toda a idéia:


A difusão da inovação

junho 5, 2008

A difusão da inovação

A difusão de uma inovação acontece primeiro para as pessoas “inovadoras”, depois para “formadores de opiniões” e finalmente para a massa. Para os inovadores, o valor de algo novo é maior – eles tem satisfação em estar na vanguarda de consumo. Depois isso vai diminuindo, até chegar em um valor marginal para a aquisição do produto bastante reduzido. Nessa hora, o que determina a aquisição do bem é o fato de muitas outras pessoas estarem usando mais do que o valor do bem em si.