Just yesterday, I had a conversation with Kate Krontiris, an awesome young woman who is a Principal at Reboot, a firm whose mission is to cultivate a human-centered approach to public challenges in the United States. Kate oversees Reboot's domestic business strategy and organizational development. Our interests intersect strongly because she is particularly excited about curating a public conversation about a number of important topics. Like the current role of women in the workplace. Like developments in the relationships between men and women.
And like the current uproar over national security, personal privacy and governmental leaks.
We talked about the increased isolation of many people who participate reluctantly in the kind of communal and group activities that used to be taken for granted. They prefer to text rather than have a face to face conversation. They are individualistic to an extreme degree, often ignoring or even rebelling against the authority that most others take for granted. They follow their own instincts even if it means that others are inconvenienced in the process. Even if, in some case, others are put in harm's way by their activities. And although they may take oaths of allegiance, they will betray those oaths if it suits them.
And today we have their poster child, Ed Snowden.
He has inspired the kind of YouTube screamers who all think the U.S. government is out to get them, to tyrannize them, to listen to their every phone call and broadcast it to the world. To them, Snowden is a hero.
Maybe Kate and I should facilitate a conversation that rebuts the Snowden's of this world.