Thematic. Technological. Here.
In the blizzard of interviews that I did in support of this story, one question stood out: How has this single invention changed our lives? And the answer that I kept coming back to was one of democratization. Simply put, the Web made everything we use today possible, and allowed regular folks like you and me to harness crazy-advanced technology to lead careers that would have been unimaginable back then.
In the scene below, I hung out in a Toronto Starbucks on a bitterly cold December afternoon as I prepared for one of the more intense interviews I had done in a while. I used my iPad to do some deep research on the topic, winnow down the talking points and drill myself on possible flows and treatments. As I had done before, I was amazed at how a smallish backpack full of technology allowed me to be so productive so far from home.
I'm often asked what tomorrow will bring, and as much as I look forward to the next generation of tech goodies, I've got to admit what we already have is pretty incredible, and pretty transformative in its own right.