I was fortunate enough to attend the first Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco two years ago and got a lot out of the event. I’m very excited by this year’s event, since it has a much grander vision of bringing together a wider sampling of people who are focused on improving the world via the web or web-style innovation.
In an excellent interview that explores the thinking behind the theme for the summit, John Battelle and Tim O’Reilly discuss how the fabric of the Web 2.0 ecosystem is being enriched by a wider focus amongst industry pundits.
I see this as a very healthy and important trend that can lift our collective gaze and avoid industry myopia. I also see it as a fantastic opportunity to apply the Web 2.0 innovation style of rapid iteration to a whole range of previously intractable global issues.
Let me give you an example: we currently live in nationalistic silos imposed by governments delimited by geographical boundaries, yet we operate globally. This is a completely impractical anachronism. By applying Web 2.0 thinking, I am sure we can arrive at a solution that breaks down these artificial barriers. Why can I not have one global passport linked to my DNA or simcard, or both. Why do I need a social security number in the United States and a new driver’s licence for every state in the nation?
I look forward to continuing the conversation to game change the world through Web 2.0 thinking.