Value is in the Connections
I’ve been thinking about value creation in human systems, as the world is becoming more and more complex. I believe that in today’s economy, it’s increasingly rare and unlikely that value is created in a single mind.
The value is created in the connections.
So, how do we connect? How can we become more intentional about value in our connections? I came up with this simple model:
This is a very first draft of this model. It helps me make sense of connections, and become more intentional and aware of our level of consciousness in the connection. I assume that conversations and collaboration become more valuable when we connect with a higher level of consciousness.
I’ll give a brief explanation of the layers and a simple example, inviting you into the conversation:
Trust is the wire. Without trust, there can’t be connection. The level and kind of trust determines the potential value of the connection.
Humans act within contexts. We sense our context and respond to it. How we act and how we connect depends on our perceived level of influence on the context. To connect with another human being, we need some shared context. We need to meet somewhere.
To connect we need to communicate. We need to understand. A shared protocol — a common language, for instance — is needed to understand each other. Highly valuable connections have highly optimised protocols. The level of consciousness of our protocols will determine the effectiveness of value creation.
Why do we connect? What’s our purpose to grow and nurture the connection? The more clarity we have on our shared purpose, the easier it will be to create value, the more valuable options we are going to see emerging.
Let’s take meeting a stranger on an internet forum as an example. I’ve found that interest groups on the internet tend to yield valuable conversations quicker and more frequently than many other environments.
The level of trust is quite high to begin with, as we’re sharing a common interest in a topic. The web gives us the infrastructure to meet and maybe a thread of conversation—that’s our context. The netiquette is a good example of a shared protocol. The purpose of the group is preset, the purpose of our conversation is emergent—it probably starts with getting to know each other.
This idea is fresh from my mind, I’m asking for your feedback.
Is it helpful? Valuable? Does my explanation make sense? What am I missing?.