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“It Took Us 5,000 Years to Put Wheels On Our Luggage, We’re Not That Smart.”

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It’s time to be back in the world full time. A full diary, lots of disruption and supporting great projects and ideas around the world is my goal for 2014.

What is the motivation for my goal?

Well, it’s something I listened to Bill McDonough say:

“What is our objective as a species, since we are the dominant species on the planet?”

“What if we could offer our children a strategy of hope?”

“How do we love all the children of all species for all time?”

“Our goal as a species could be… A delightfully, diverse, safe, healthy and just world with clean air, water, soil and power, equitably, ecologically and elegantly enjoyed.”

What part of that don’t you like the sound of ?

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I’ve had a few years off (my blog doesn’t lie), well, I did start working at 15 and was a father at 19. I really needed a break and some time to deal with some demons, refocus and understand what the next chapter of my life is going to be about. I thought hard about walking away from the digital sector, but digital is part of me, for almost twenty years now. I have a strong digital instinct and as several friends have said, “you know stuff and think so differently”. Digital (Technology) is a huge driver for change in so many ways, how we live and share our lives has changed forever. There is no going back. What consumes me often is, how can the world be a better place for everyone now everyone can connect instantly to anyone anywhere in the world?

Right now we are a divided planet, the haves and have nots, those that love and those that hate. There are those that own and control assets, infrastructure and media and their are those that consume and are controlled.

Energy and water will be vital commodities in the future that will effect “national security” strategies for many nations. That really means war, over water, oil and gas. The thing is, we have enough water and power for everyone, so why “defend” and kill for something everyone should be able to access. Money, it’s all about money. Money makes the world go round, we all know that. Supply and demand equals profit.

So, I took away money (it’s all just numbers on a computer anyway these days, money is not backed by gold anymore, it’s just printed when the Government asks for it from a central bank, it’s nonsense if that makes sense?) from my thinking and decided to try and rethink how the world might change with the new shared knowledge we have. The only answer I came up with by myself was, that emotional intelligence needs to be raised in everyone before any real change can happen in our world. When every single one of us cares just a little bit more about other peoples feelings and situations and less about our own, in every situation, our world will change. It’s not the only thing of course, how we plan and design around nature is paramount too. It’s back to Bill on that one.

I’m busy with some new projects of my own, you can find me at http://bitcoincoach.co.uk for the blog and http://twitter.com/bitcoincoach – it’s all about ‘digital cash’ and ‘Gold 2.0’ – You will have a ‘digital wallet by 2020’ remember where you read that.

I’m buying and selling Mercedes Cars from 1963 up to the present day, in the main I’m dealing with two seater Pagoda and SLK sports models, but I love them all. In fact I love beautiful and classic things, so I have another project called http://beautifulClassics.com the website site is being built, so more on that soon, but for now you can follow http://twitter.com/beautclassics

This TED talk from 2005 is a Beautiful Classic – give Bill 20 minutes of your time, he is amazing!

Thanks for reading 🙂


Author: darenbbc

DAREN FORSYTH Founder & CEO 140Characters.co.uk Daren Forsyth is the Founder and CEO of 140Characters.co.uk, a new venture dedicated to creating and promoting social change via strategic social networking across the corporate, governmental and nonprofit sectors. The company is based in London, England. A 15-year veteran of the digital media arena, Forsyth has earned the reputation of an energetic, dynamic and innovative business leader. A self-proclaimed evangelist for what’s possible when communications technology is employed to bridge brands and organisations with their publics, Forsyth believes that 140Characters can both tap and leverage the growing demand and need for productive alliances between the communities. The company will embrace basic social-media dynamics, as well as tools as simple as home computers, to connect diverse networks within a strategic design. The goal is to offer an unprecedented medium to collect, synthesise and generate the shared ideas, knowledge and feelings that, as a body, can effect change across broad sectors. Prior to launching 140Characters.co.uk , Forsyth served three years at the British Broadcasting Corporation in a variety of executive-level business posts, beginning April 2006. In 2007, he was promoted to Senior Business Development Manager in the Future Media and Technology division. There, Forsyth established the BBC's strategic partnership with Microsoft, orchestrating the meeting between Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft, and the BBC director general, Mark Thompson. In addition, he created partnerships with IBM and was actively engaged in the BBC Archive and iPlayer projects. In late 2007, Forsyth was tapped by officials and seconded to become Director of Innovation and New Media for the Media Trust. The Media Trust is a UK, broadcasting industry-supported charity that promotes communication between the voluntary sector and the media. Over the course of his tenure, through early 2009, Forsyth shepherded a host of critical digital media initiatives, including an alliance with prestigious Siemens, which donated servers to the charity and helped update the technical infrastructure of the organisation. Before joining the BBC, Forsyth was a key player in the digital startup revolution. From 1996 until its sale in 2005, he was Founder and Managing Director of the highly successful Fernhart New Media, which he built into one of the UK’s most dominant digital TV and Web agencies. Now, returned to his entrepreneurial roots with 140Characters.co.uk, Forsyth is excited by the potential of his creative new venture. Daren Forsyth has been profiled in numerous business and industry publications, including: New Media Age, the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian. In 2004, the UK Government recognised Forsyth as a “Top 100 Pioneer of the First Internet Decade.” Forsyth is available to conduct workshops for corporations and nonprofit groups; to speak at corporate events, digital summits, public relations and marketing conferences, and news-industry meetings. He is also a facilitator for assisting governmental agencies in effectively engaging and communicating with their constituencies via social media and new technologies.

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