This chapter has introduced you to the living networks. Connectivity is dramatically changing the way people are connected. That, in turn, is transforming the flow of information and ideas. As this flow becomes immensely deeper and richer, the age-old dream of a global brain is coming to reality. Ideas copulate promiscuously, we collaborate to filter staggering information overload, and a new form of participative media is extending our senses far more broadly than ever before. However, we must be wary of the impact of only part of humanity accessing the invaluable fruits of connectivity.
In the next chapter, I examine the key emerging technologies that are combining with connectivity to transform business. All networks are founded on people sharing a common standard. This results in a business environment in which companies require new approaches to strategy. In Part 2 of the book, I explore the implications for organizations, including how to lead your customers and partners into new ways of working. Part 3 will examine how to develop and implement strategy in this hyper-connected economy.