What is your dream?
I recently attended the Dreamforce conference in San Francisco's Moscone Center along with 65,000 of my closest friends. Reminiscent of the heady, pre-implosion dot.com days (remember how we were going to change "everything"?), Salesforce.com, the conference sponsor, has embraced "social mobility" (the tablet on the move) as the next big thing and a key ingredient of their future vision... and I agree!
In the business to consumer space, the vision is impressive, and the value proposition is less about saving money and more about increasing engagement, trust and revenue.
Inside the conference, I was swept up into a mid 21st Century view of consumers that would pay premium prices for instant access to products, services and connections, but as I walked the four short blocks between Moscone West and the hotel where the technical conferences that I came to attend were being held, I was bombarded with early 21st Century homelessness, poverty and discouragement.
What is your dream of how technology will "change everything". How do you see us bridging the gap between the present and the promise of a future where everyone is connected and enabled by the devices they carry? What does the "cloud" mean for the aging and the poor?
I know the clichés; charity starts at home, you are never too old to learn, as the top rises it will lift the bottom; but I am not hearing value based solutions and I am a bottom line type of guy. What are your thoughts? Solutions? Observations? How can technology become the equal playing field that it promises to be?
Please weigh in!