About

Hi there, thanks for stopping by.

Everyday I’m learning more about how we connect, share and learn. And about happiness.This blog is a place for me to write about things that I’m learning, things I’m doing, and things that interest me. You can also follow me at @jamiedsmith.

A personal manifesto

In the words of Clay Shirky, I believe the internet is an opportunity machine. And I believe that we should connect, share and learn in order to be empowered to do what we believe.

I believe that people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it. We should seek to connect with, and work with and for, those who believe what we believe. Groups of people – and customers – who share a purpose will be happier, more fulfilled, more innovative, more valuable and more loyal. We should encourage serendipity and spend more time with people than with machines. We should start with why.

I believe that if you don’t fail, you’ll never learn; and if you never learn, you’ll never be satisfied. Keep learning and push yourself. Look for ideas in new and unexpected places. Try different things; experiment. Don’t be afraid to fail.

I believe that we should filter at the edge, not the centre. In other words we should let individuals decide what they want and need, when and how. We need better tools for individuals to connect, share and learn in ways that suit them, in ways that suit their context.

I believe that pull is smarter than push. That demand should lead supply. We need marketplaces and systems where individuals can be individuals on their own terms, and can exchange value beyond just the transaction. Markets which value – and celebrate – relationships and rich conversation.

I believe, as Peter Drucker put it, that people make shoes not money. Money is an outcome, not a purpose. People reward value with time and loyalty. If you do what you believe, and focus on what people value, the rest will follow.

This is just a starting list; I plan to update it over time.

Comments well come here, and at @jamiedsmith on twitter.

The views expressed here are my own, and not that of my employer, past or present.

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