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Why are here?

Not in this universe, but in this meeting?

I have a Gedanken experiment (thought experiment) for you to consider.

Next time you are in a zoom meeting, as yourself, “why am I in this meeting?”

Then imagine what each person would think your answer would be.

And then consider how they would answer these questions if they were lucky enough to be readers of my blog and were running the experiment for themselves.

For too many of my zooms, the answer is, “because it’s a weekly meeting.” Neither I nor anyone else knows what will happen in the meeting.

In such cases, I fall back on

  • What have we accomplished since the last meeting?
  • How does that differ from what we expected?
  • Why is it different?
  • What will we have done by the next meeting?

And then I dream of mythological things like agendas.

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals

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