What does “WE” mean to you?

A few weeks ago we started a new project “WE”. Before we move on, here is the final logo.


Within the context of web 2.0, crowd sourcing, participation, collaboration, social networks, communities, creative commons, open source, collective intelligence, user generated content, peering, transparency, identity 2.0, … what does “WE” mean to you?

And what will it cause in society, business and in our cultural life?

Let us know by leaving a comment. Thanks!

12 thoughts on “What does “WE” mean to you?”

  1. “we” – in my opinion – stands for:
    – we help you find your way through the web 2.0 jungle
    – not only do we want to trigger participation and interaction, we rathermore depend on it
    – we understand collaboration and crowdsourcing as fundamentals concerning corporate future

  2. WE means networked conversations. While mass media enabled the one-to-many top-down communications WE enables many-to-many bottom-up and left-to-right conversations.

    WE opens the gates between countries, companies and it hopefully helps us to find some common sense in society (via wisdom of crowds).

  3. The total is often much more than just the sum of all parts. That’s what “we” means to me. “We” means not just me and not just you. It means me & you + X.

    “We” is defined to be a group which includes “me” and “someone I know” – perhaps this might be “you”.

    I think that “We” can be thought of as a description of a group which has some structure and a certain range. As the range of the group called “we” exended massively through the internet, the structure was also changed.

    The “we” of today is different from the “we” of yesterday and the “we” of tomorrow. The “we” of today’s pollution and global warmth effects for example id much larger than it was 50 years ago.

    It basically scales down to the fact that if “we” would like to see some change it has to be “me” & “you” to make this change happen. “We” is not the right address to change things – but “me” & “you” is.

    my 2 cents

  4. REPLY:
    We, of course, is defined in the context it is used. We won the election. We beat Arsenal. We’re twenty-fourth in broadband connectivity. We’re having dinner. Each we is a different group.

    Without context, I default to the largest group; all humans on the planet. The de-personing of “other” people is what gets us into stupid wars, gets us to ignore extreme poverty, or torture, or the killing of innocent civilians.

  5. To me, ‘we’ reflects the harmony achieved through diversity…

    – each person, pursuing his or her own good in their own way

    – autonomous, free to grow and to develop to the maximum of their abilities

    – open, and welcoming, of others, of their perspectives, of their points of view

    – connected and participating in the understanding that the knowledge and the meaning that results will be greater than, and different from, what is and can be produced by any individual.

  6. We is not only us. It is what is ours. What is ours may be what we own or control, but more importantly, it is that which is by us or at least for us. It is ours in the way that Open Source is and CNN is not.

    Ours is a connection to the world and to one another through the world.

  7. We is the essence of connectedness and self organisation. Connected systems self organise, self organisation leads to emergent phenomena, emergence leads to self awareness. Self awareness is the prerequisite to consciousness.

  8. A great idea for a project! We is a word that I am finding myself using more and more in the age of collective intelligence, participatory culture, social networks, Wikipedia and Wikimedia, Virtual Worlds, and Obama’s “Yes We Can.” All of this projects, taken individually and as a group, represent new conceptions of the collective, the shared, the reciprical, the mutual. The most important and urgent ideas right now have to do with how we connect, collaborate, create, and circulate media together.

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