I have never been to SF, but I have been in to the wild, in to places where amenities are appreciated. I have yet go to favelas of South America, Africa and the highest nordics where the sun only shines one hour a day.
This struck me completely:
It is not just Facebook. It is time for our industry to pause and take a moment to think: as technology finds its way into our daily existence in new and previously unimagined ways, we need to learn about those who are threatened by it. Empathy is not a buzzword but something to be practiced.
Let’s start by not raging on our Facebook feeds but, instead, taking a trip to parts of America where five-dollar lattes and freshly pressed juices are not perks but a reminder of haves and have-nots. Otherwise, come 2020, Silicon Valley will have become an even bigger villain in the popular imagination, much like its East Coast counterpart, Wall Street.
Last year I wrote about people should go more into the wild, out of their comfort zone, go out there and travel more than 5 weeks a year
. It was well received because it such a simple thing to start with, but so powerful in hindsight.
What I’m telling here is not new, we should just do it all more, share lively stories with the right people, share constructive opinions to people personally because they need it, not because they want it, but because it’s necessary.