One of the characteristics of “bubble thinking” (as in stock market bubbles), is the tendency for the participants in the bubble to seek out information that reinforces their point of view and ignore information that contradicts their point of view. Part of this process involves turning inward, toward your fellow “bubble thinkers” and away from “outsiders” whom you believe “just don’t get it”.
Phil Cubeta and I don’t agree on a lot of things. But this is why I read his blog constantly and find his writing to have the largest effect on my own thinking of all the philanthropy bloggers. By challenging my opinions, either directly or simply by focusing on different issues than I do, Phil regularly forces me to question my own point of view and refine it as needed.
That’s why I was so glad, although surprised, to see Phil declare the NetSquared Conference a “Watershed Event”. Phil is not someone who views new technologies as the salvation of humankind. To see Phil take a hard look at NetSquared (some of whose community members seem to think that Web 2.0 is the cure for every problem) and recognize that something special is occurring is really gratifying. If you haven’t checked out NetSquared yet, do it now. You only have until 5pm pacific time today to submit your vote for the best projects. You can quickly get up to speed by visiting the voting page and reading through the At-A-Glance project handbook.