One morning, running across the JFK bridge on the Charles River in Cambridge, I read the words I'd passed hundreds of times. Etched in the stone wall: "The wisdom of the wise is the welfare of the world."
It took me a mile more before its impact struck me. I wondered if the quote was erudite or if it sounded entitled? I wondered if we'd lost something with our blogosphere of news and reality television and I found myself longing for a time where tribal leaders and elders passed on wisdom but with the democracy of free speech and mobility for all. I also live in a place where education is revered at almost a devout level. Why shouldn't everyone have access to these same ideas I hear about? I wanted to share them.
Inspired by people who do rather than debate, who experience rather than disseminate, theEditorial.com has set out to find voices you want to learn from in interviews that matter. Our hope is to sift through zipcodes for change agents, disruptors, visionaries and people we think will inspire you.
With intimate interviews in an age of content overload, theEditorial.com aims to be your refuge.
And we also believe there is something afoot in America. I hear it from the voices of twenty-somethings, Harvard students, my neighbors' post-college kids. They are all but 30, unemployed, protesting Wall Street, protesting politics and tired of the malaise and gridlock. And they want jobs.
Out of struggle comes innovation and America's youth are struggling.
In the 90s we went through a time of DIY - think of the expansion of big boxes like Home Depot where everyone became a general contractor. Since the 80s we've done away with the civility and usefulness of having your own secretary or the constraints of a formal office and structured business hours. Wireless has meant working anywhere, anytime and globalization has placed factories in far flung locations and made an office in another city or country to which you commute each day, week, month, imaginable.
This new informality has broken other barriers and allowed for ebooks and self publishing and a cacophony of voices from anyone's kitchen, bedroom, or neighborhood via Youtube, Twitter or Facebook. In conjunction with the reality televison boom we have become a culture obsessed with celebrity or perhaps the idea that anyone can be seen, heard, and taken into account.
This allows for innovation again, another shift, a refinement. The fifteen minutes of fame are less interesting now that everyone has access to it and once again we are looking for quality. And we want to bring these quality voices and stories to you.
We seek out those innovators and ask what, why and how they are doing what they do and why they think we should care about it as a society. We invite you to help us find those quality voices. If you know one, send them our way.