In order to understand how we got here, we’ve got to understand where we’ve been.
While Generation X was the Slacker Generation, I’ve deemed ours the Hacker Generation
Below is a algebraic representation of how the controllers (the elite) beckoned new media capabilities to the masses.
Put simply, if all you could do is believe, then the controller (the God[s]), as it was dogmatically accepted, could only hear about the good, the bad, and the ugly happening below.
Once priests/monks knew how to read, then all the masses could do is listen. And so on…
So, now we are at a point where we can (and have) become the programmers.
The Hacker Generation
With open APIs abundant in several applications, this is the new wave of business and entrepreneurship, on a highly localized level.
With a cooperative, collaborative model set to benefit applications and its community, business has changed from a top-down, scarce (closed) model to an bottom-up, open source (abundant) one. And, it benefits the whole.
This doesn’t just apply to online applications, offline hacking can occur too.
My advice to small businesses: allow all of your workers to learn every single part of your business (yes, even your janitors). But, the only way to achieve this is if there is an open incentive for them to do this (you can figure this out on your own). You want all of your employees to care about your organization.
Ideas are abundant, don’t let them be scarce.