What does it mean to have vision? What drives you day by day? Why do you do what you do?
I can’t say that, by nature, I’m a visionary. I’ve never really fully understood visionary types, and confess I’ve been known to find them pretty frustrating to work with at times. Always getting excited by the next ten great ideas, which you fail to get as excited about, because it normally means they’ve already lost interest in those other great ideas they’ve already set you to work on before you’ve had chance to fully implement them…
But for all those frustrations, I do enjoy implementing the ideas born of visionaries. I like the interplay of personalities, the need for one another. The visionary needs the implementer. A completer finisher. And I like turning my hand to new and interesting projects. An implementer needs a visionary and her ideas.
And until recently I’ve been happy to simply be guided by the vision of others.
That was until February, and delivering a presentation on Scripture Engagement in a Digital Age. I loved preparing for that presentation, and the interaction of the participants with the material. I started to sense an internal vision forming. Something that excited me and that I wanted to tell more people about. Something I wanted to devote more time to thinking about, and even pursuing opportunities for further study. Something that was going to start driving the way I thought about my job, my role, the wider implications for the team I am a part of, my place in IFES, and in the church.
That vision centres around technology, sociology, culture and faith.
I’ve become increasingly fascinated by the changes to society and culture in response to technological change, and the implications for faith.
I believe we are currently in the process of major change. Change in response to technology, new media and social networks. Technological change in recent decades that is more profound than we have seen in a couple of centuries.
In the same way the agricultural and industrial revolutions shaped the way we live today, I believe the information revolution will shape and redefine the way we live in the coming years. It is changing the way we read, the way we value information, the way we educate. It is changing the way we remember, and the way we organise ourselves.
I’m fascinated by the influence technological advancements in history have had huge sociological and cultural influence. I want to observe the nature of those changes, and look to predict the nature of change we will face in response to today’s technological advancements. Where are the opportunities? Where is the friction and resistance to change? What should we be rightly cautious of?
I’ll admit to being a technology optimist, and am excited by technological change. I’m looking forward to working with our communications team to consider the implications for us as we plan for the future. And I look forward to interacting with you as I use this blog to consider aloud and interact with you, shaping your thoughts and mine.
What excites you most about technological change? What do we stand to gain?
What are you most fearful of with technological change? What do we stand to lose?