In the Digital Age, how could a discussion that includes the word “Anti” and “Beta”, not evoke a strong salivary response?
That’s what anticipation does when disruptive innovation is encouraged to flourish and failure is advanced, not as an end-game but instead as part of the game– an option.
Like a game of marbles, disruption is not only willed by the sharp-shooter’s accuracy, but also by the purity of the glass sphere. Its dimensions, the grade of gravel underneath it and the velocity as it rolls.
Exterior elements, like the wind’s whimsy or the hush of spectators, as they hold their collective breath. The anticipation of the impact… when that prized marble thunders along and into the circle of marbles. As it hits, grazes and bounces against the opponent’s marbles! It’s exciting, but also a fading sport; one that has no need for wires, sneakers or a net. Just the breaking apart of glass balls, that kinetic energy that then settles into a pattern, that no one had predicted. Because it hadn’t truly been considered before; but now it’s the open platform, where everyone there can take a turn and participate.
And isn’t that the whole point?
Lately, I’ve been approached by strangers who asked me what attending the Tribeca Anti-Summit Beta was like; specifically “How to break the mold to create impact?”
But like my finger swipes on a touch screen, I’m very mindful of how I respond. How I use my words, as a writer are very special to me. Punctuation still matters, with effective pauses and sentence structure to engage the reader; these are part of my integrity. And so is my self-contained excitement, really a part of me wants to shout “Bravo! Well done!”
But, I refrain. Here instead is the soft-spoken, introverted me, who views free speech as that which needs no disclaimer, because I haven’t said anything, not too much. And that’s how it should be, in a Digital Age, where you never know who’s who. It’s not paranoia but branding, everyone has an angle and there’s no such thing as “Free Press”.
But, if I were asked outside of this realm… I might view things differently. I might’ve set my closely guarded bag of prized marbles down and expressed my jubilation, with my nose for a true news story. Yup, I would.