A blog article by Bonniejean Alford (Educator, Activist, World Citizen)
Several years ago I was honored with the opportunity to be a panel member on Jim Mann’s web site on 21st Century Social Evolution. The site at the time was much like a social experiment. While not everyone could post to it, it was open to the public and the knowledge gained by scholars and business persons from across the US delving into serious issues impacting a global and domestic market was quite exciting. Brilliant minds coming together and clashing all at the same time. Truthfully, it was a blog before there was such a thing as a blog. I didn’t know it then, but that experience would one day influence many of my decisions and understandings of the world.
Sadly, Jim Mann passed away a few years ago and with it his website has disappeared with no one to look after it. Honestly, I hadn’t thought directly about my experience with his work on social evolution until I realized one of my three ultimate goals in life, which is to create a magazine dedicated to social justice and global interconnectedness. Jim Mann looked at how the inundation of information in this Internet age was going to impact the world at both a global and local level, in business and in everyday life.
And yet, here I am, seeking to add further collections of information for the world to see and maybe understand.
Am I mad?
Isn’t there already an inundation of information that leaves people confused and overwhelmed?
In fact, I do believe that much of the information out there lacks depth and a true ability to capture the essence of life, as Jim Mann’s work on social evolution did. As a college instructor who has seen the quality of student papers drop because they rely too much on this kind of information, I know only too well how bad facts can harm a system reliant on innovative and modern means for attaining said information.
But then, there is information out there seeking to truly make the world a better place, as Jim Mann did.
I hope that this blog, created out of years of training and experience with social justice issues, can honor Jim Mann’s memory and fits into the category of useful information that helps make the world a better place. And one day (soon, hopefully), when my magazine launches, this blog can become a place that exists in conjunction with the magazine as a place that educates, enlightens, and entertains by bringing brilliant minds worldwide together to change the world for the better.
Because after all, we are all connected in a way that few actually understand fully.