No blog today, because i’m sat by myself at our Christmas Party. By myself, because i’m on a boat in Amsterdam, but with my team, because we’re all connected on Zoom, a cheap video conferencing platform. Valerie in Switzerland, Paul in Bavaria, Sarah in Texas, Richard in the UK, different people from all over the world, connected in one space.
But it’s a new space, neither formal, not social: it’s a celebration space, but we have no rituals to suit it yet. So we’ve made some up. Christmas hats, a mince pie eating contest, and, from Phillip and Catherine, a song, played on banjo and guitar. Julie joins, walking through Edinburgh on her mobile. Bala is heading to Star Wars with his son. We share stories, we celebrate, write our new rituals and we go on our way. A Christmas Party for the Social Age.
Two hours ago i was talking to an Exec team about patterns of constant adaptation, and now, here i am, having to adapt. Technology connects us, but it’s what we do with it that really counts.