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As an e-club, we are involved in a grand Rotary experiment, though on a day-to-day basis we hardly think of it that way.  I was reminded of this in watching two TED talks recently, neither of which has to do with Rotary per se, but both started a chain of thinking about Rotary nonetheless. 

 

John Green, in his humorous presentation “The Nerd’s Guide to Learning Everything Online,” talks about the communities of learning that exist on the internet. As I watched, I thought not only of the utility of Rotarians’ being able to learn about projects that other Rotary clubs are doing, but of the potential the internet has for facilitating Rotarians in distant parts of the globe to work together.

 

If you cannot see the video below, you can reach it through the following link:

http://www.ted.com/talks/john_green_the_nerd_s_guide_to_learning_everything_online

 

 
 

In this second video from 2010, Chris Anderson, speaks of how videos on the web power what he calls “Crowd Accelerated Innovation.”  This one in particular made me think about the evolutionary path that Rotary is now on and to contemplate what the trajectory might be.

 

If you cannot see the video below, you can reach it through the following link:

http://www.ted.com/talks/chris_anderson_how_web_video_powers_global_innovation

 

 

What do you think the next stage of evolution will be for Rotary?  How might e-clubs shape the eventual outcome?  What facets of the internet are we not using that we ought to be using?  Please join the discussion in the comment section below.

 

 

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