It turned out that when I got to 121 minutes I wasn’t too far off worldwide distribution and an audience (okay, potential audience) of billions.
Not that I want an audience of billions, but it’s amazing to think about it. Pow – you have distribution that the biggest media companies in the world could only dream of a couple of decades ago.
Back to the podcast – the morning after this post I installed the Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin for wordpress, and their stats add-on (both free) muddled through with filling things in, and then found this excellent article from elegantthemes.
And now I have an RSS feed that makes my podcast downloadable or streamable to anyone with a web browser or a podcast app on their phone.
I’m not on itunes or Google play yet – they’re not exactly the point, and take some extra registrations – but I’ll get there eventually.
For now, here are my amazing stats:
iphone users show up as iTunes downloads. I’m not actually on iTunes yet – I just serve a classy demographic.
Boy: “Are we going to give something to help the people in Palu*?”
Me: “Good idea – how much do you want to give from your pocket money?”
Me: “You choose an amount, and we’ll add ten times that amount.”**
Boy: Names an amount a little over one week’s allowance
And so at 6.30 this morning my eldest son went to school with his own donation, and 10x his own donation in an envelope to send to Palu.
If he hadn’t said anything, nothing would have happened. If I hadn’t said yes, and told him what I’d give if he went first, he might have found it harder to give. We made it easy for each other, and everyone won.
If you’re with the right people – people who share your values, people who are ready to be led – sometimes all it takes to make a change is to say the words.
Even if people might not share your values, and might not be ready, it’s often worth saying the words anyway, because they might come with you, or at least be more likely to come with you next time.
Do you want to lead? Say the words.
Want to see change happen? Be listening for the right words, and be ready to say yes.
* (see this article if you’re not sure what he was talking about)
** I knew roughly how much he had in his piggy bank
With a backlog, you’re paddling hard for a wave that’s leaving you behind – you might just catch the wave, but it’s rarely what you were hoping for, and more often than not you end up exhausted from paddling, and still behind – like in the first few seconds of this clip:
With a frontlog, you’re building an asset and making your own waves. Your frontlog puts you in the right place at the right time.
It makes you feel like Wingnut:
Here’s a great case study in doing it now and starting small from Fast Company founder Alan Webber. It’s about how Muhammad Yunus founded Grameen Bank, and ended up helping millions of families to a more prosperous future. Weber Concludes:
Start small. Do what you can with something you care about so deeply that you simply can’t not do it. Stay focused, close to the ground, rooted in everyday reality. Trust your instincts and your eyes: do what needs doing any way you can, whether the experts agree or not. Put practice ahead of theory and results ahead of conventional wisdom.
Start small. If it works, keep doing it. If it doesn’t work, change what you’re doing until you find something that does work. Start small, start with whatever is close at hand, start with something you care deeply about. But as Muhammad Yunus told the KaosPilots, start.
Alan Webber, Rule #38 from his Rules of Thumb
Read the whole piece at TimFerris.com.
John Wimber, founder of the Vineyard movement of churches, wasn’t renowned as a systematic religious teacher.
Apparently people would ask him “John, when are you going to teach us the deep and crucial stuff – where’s the meat?”
And he’d answer: “The meat is on the street.”
That is, “Go out into the world. You will learn the deep truths of faith by doing it.”
Books, podcasts, blogs are very useful in learning to make positive change in the world. Ideas are wonderful tools.
But we learn our most important lessons by doing – by taking action.
The meat is on the street.
Imagine you are in charge of developing an artificial intelligence.
Your AI has the ability to move into the world and mingle with human beings, all the while augmenting both its physical capability and its intelligence.
In time, your AI will certainly be able to perform many tasks that would help the people around it. It will be smarter, stronger, and faster than most of them.
In time, it will certainly also have the capability to kill people – tens, hundreds, maybe even thousands of people. It will be well equipped to cause environmental destruction on a huge scale.
Would you create such an AI? What would you teach it? What would you want it to know about people and about being in the world?
Now imagine a network of such AIs, interacting, learning, gaining new abilities and changing the world.
Now look at our children.
I didn’t manage to photograph the bridge, but I’ll post one of a similar bridge next time I see one.
It was a pretty sorry affair over a murky stream, just wide enough for a motorbike. Bamboo slats, no siderails, a strangely drooping curve.
But here’s the thing: that bridge is an act of will. It’s there because someone wanted to cross the river, and they made a bridge.
It’s easy to criticise crappy infrastructure in developing countries and not ask this question: who built it, for whose needs?
It’s easy to talk about cultutes of dependency, and there is often reason to. But ask yourself this question:
When was the last time you built a bridge?
Kevin Kelly has a lot to say about innovation as combination. Here’s a good riff:
Most new ideas and new inventions are disjointed ideas merged. Innovations in the design of clocks inspired better windmills, furnaces engineered to brew beer turned out to be useful to the iron industry, mechanisms invented for organ-making were applied to looms, and mechanisms in looms became computer software.
“In technology, combinatorial evolution is foremost, and routine,” says economist Brian Arthur in The Nature of Technology. “Many of a technologies parts are shared by other technologies, so a great deal of development happens automatically as components improve in other uses ‘outside’ the host technology.”
These combinations are like mating. They produce a hereditary tree of ancestral technologies. Just as in Darwinian evolution, tiny improvements are rewarded with more copies, so that innovations spread steadily through the population. Older ideas merge and hatch idea’-lings.Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants
The possibilities of the future are often lying latent in the field of our vision. We can’t see them… And then suddenly we do, and we re-write the world.
On the After On podcast