Who Are The Thought Leaders?

by Jay Deragon on 01/03/2009

When you follow someone it usually means an affinity to their perspectives or profile. We learn from each other and most try and give back from those they learn from. Following people throughout the social web can be a game and it also can relate to the learning process.

In any given week I am consuming the thoughts and perspective of dozens of people. My objective is to learn from others perspective and then I attempt to “connect the dots” as it relates to the sum of the parts and the collective meaning of the “system” forming before our eyes. I then organization what I have learned and give it back to the community of readers whom happen to follow me. Feedback in the form of commentary or incorporation of my thoughts into other thoughts furthers my learning curve.

Who Are The Thought Leaders?

A lot of people have different perspectives as to the emerging impacts of all this “social stuff” on multiple segments of business and personal interest. While there are many whom I consider true “thought leaders” I tend to migrate to a few who provide perspective on different parts that make up the whole.

The people, whose thoughts I follow regularly, address segments of interest that are creating a new system. They include:

  1. Seth Godin on the changing face of Marketing
  2. Doc Searls on improving the Internet, The VRM Project
  3. Verna Allee on tangible and intangible Knowledge. The Knowledge Evolution
  4. Omair Haque on emerging Business implications. The Edge Economy
  5. Kevin Kelly on The Rules of the New Economy

There are obviously many other thought leaders who cover other segments of interest however these fivw provide keen insights that collectively point to the formation of a “new system” emerging before our eyes. The four components, Marketing, Internet, Knowledge, Business and Economy are the critical elements that are facilitating the emergence of a new system. The new system is currently not stable rather constantly going through changing advancements that further refine the ultimate end performance, results.

Thought Convergence?

The five individuals mentioned above do not work together and they are not collectively represented by any one organization. However when you analyze their perspectives as a collection of thoughts one can see the convergence of thoughts that point to a clearer picture of a new system which will enrich personal and professional performance.

Even amongst today’s constraints the individual and collective thoughts of these individuals has and will continue to influence the early adopters and the subsequent synergy of thoughts help the few see the future vs. the many that cling to the past.

As pieces of a puzzle come together the clearer the picture becomes. A puzzle usually comes together faster when several people are working on it either independently or together. When we “connect” the conversations and synergize the perspectives we can learn a lot fast.

If you are not learning fast enough maybe you are following the wrong conversations. Conversations with no affinity cannot be facilitated into a whole.

Get it? What say you?


L. Placebo January 11, 2009 at 6:06 pm

What about grammatical usage, spelling and punctuation factors? II believe that such factors should be “factored in.” How is it that so many would-be pundits don’t seem bothered about errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation, and don’t take steps to correct them? As far as I am concerned, the negative impact of such errors is serious. For example, the widespread presence of errors on this site undermines my trust in the quality of the content here and of the thinking behind the content.

Rob van Alphen January 3, 2009 at 7:03 am

Reading: “Who Are The Thought Leaders?” by @JDeragon http://tinyurl.com/92laas

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