I have often said that we are living through a social revolution rather than a technological one. That the internet is supporting change rather than driving it.
But what IS fundamentally different is, to quote The Cluetrain, "Globally distributed, near instant, person to person conversations."
It is these conversations that allowed the fears and hopes of those the mainstream media ignored to be heard both here and in the US.
It is these conversations that I am encouraged by as I watch my network come to terms with what has happened and adjust.
It is these conversations that we are getting better at having.
We have at our disposal an amazing platform on which to work things out better and faster — together. There are going to be bumps along the way as these conversations take us into the darker side of our nature, but we will work this out. We will.