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Welcome to Citizen Code
I'm old enough to remember a life without ubiquitous internet or social media. My first cell phone was a Motorola Startac flip phone with no internet connection, no touch screen, no camera - not even text messages. Times have changed. The last decade unleashed an endless stream of information drowning me under the weight of the relentless 'feed' and still I pull down for more updates. My already overstimulated ADHD brain and oversensitive empathy is under constant assault giving me the sinking feeling that the world is ending every time I turn on the news or peek at social media. But, I'm an optimist.
I see the promise of technology and the brighter spots of humanity - that this is just the middle stages of a larger transition. Digital technology is changing everything about the way society will function. It is bringing us into the Knowledge Age. Significant challenges are an inescapable reality of massive upheaval. Culture can't keep pace with technology and the gatekeepers of the industrial age will not relinquish the power they accumulated during the last century overnight. But in the words of the great Sam Cooke, a change is gonna come.
There is great promise on the other side of this transition. Innovations in technology and culture can improve life for all of humanity - drastically. Citizen Code is my small contribution to learn, think and share publicly about the trends shaping our future through the lens of personal experience, to cut through the noise and polemics of the moment, and to uncover the people and ideas that arm us with reasons to push ahead with optimism. It is the story of my journey to be human in the Knowledge Age.
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