Are you a connector?

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do you remember the moment you realize
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that the world had changed let me tell
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you a quick little story that has
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nothing and everything to do with the
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future of our world and how you fit into
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it in 1917 the United States faced a
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huge problem they were working hard to
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compete in the industrialized economy
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and there was a shortage not a shortage
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of oil or coal or other natural
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resources a shortage of people
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specifically obediently factory workers
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the solution to this economic dilemma it
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was an experiment of sorts it hadn't
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been done before
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until someone thought of it mandatory
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public school
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unfortunately the initial purpose of the
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United States public school system was
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not to inspire children or generate
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scholars and it wasn't created for
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dreamers people who color outside the
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lines break the rules and challenge the
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status quo the public school system of
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the early 1900's was invented to create
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a nation full of adults who would
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obediently do their jobs and the factory
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assembly lines teaching kids to sit in
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straight rows and scheduling the entire
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day with the ringing of bells wasn't by
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chance punishing those who didn't
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conform was purposeful these were the
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skills they would need to join the labor
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force intentional or not this early
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method of turning dreamers into workers
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was an investment in the nation's
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economic future
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and it worked this then led to several
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generations of productive fully employed
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workers but it isn't working anymore why
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our economy has changed we don't live in
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an industrialized economy anymore we
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live in a connected economy right now
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there are more users on Facebook than
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there were people on the planet 200
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years ago technology has made it
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possible for us to connect with people
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ideas and information from anywhere in
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the world instantaneously and as a
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result our economies have expanded from
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localized towns and communities to the
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entire world
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we have globalized trade in nearly every
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way in the past the obedient do what
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you're told without question people were
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rewarded for working hard and putting
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their dreams aside in order to toe the
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line they were given well-paying jobs
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that led to long-term careers they were
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guaranteed pensions benefits and the
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promise that they would always be taken
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care of and they were but that promise
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is gone for most of us today even if you
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have a white-collar job
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the majority of white-collar workers are
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still working in a factory instead of
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operating a sewing machine or welding a
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widget they now push pencils type on
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keyboards or processed paper work
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it's still factory work because the
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entire focus of the day is spent on
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increasing productivity which leaves
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little room for creativity spontaneity
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or individuality the educated
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hard-working masses are still doing what
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they're told but they're no longer
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getting what they deserve even if you do
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everything you are told to do today
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graduate from high school go to college
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get a degree work hard and whatever job
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you can find if you're lucky enough to
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find one you're not guaranteed anything
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companies are being forced to change or
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die right now layoffs happen much more
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often than job openings appear and the
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highest paying jobs are disappearing or
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heading overseas at an alarming rate if
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you have a job where your boss tells you
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exactly what to do he or she won't
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always find someone cheaper than you to
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do it did you know that the average
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length of a job today is about four and
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a half years contrast that to the 1960s
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when it was 40 years the connected
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economy rewards a different group of
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people it rewards the people who see
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things differently who don't conform
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people who have ideas that no one else
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has people who are willing to work hard
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but know that the old way of doing
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things is broken the connected economy
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rewards you not for being a cog in the
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wheel of life but for standing up and
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reaching out the connected economy
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rewards the connectors
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whether it's connecting a person to a
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person of business to a business a
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business to a product or a product to a
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person those who learn how to connect
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are the ones who will survive and Excel
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in the connected economy that is how the
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world's has changed
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it's not about to change it already has
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things are different now and they're not
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going back to the way they used to be
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look at Facebook what's their product
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it's you your network your information
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your ideas they all have value does
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Facebook pay for the money they make
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selling your information to advertisers
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no but we still use it because we have
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an innate desire to connect with people
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in fact neuroscientists have found that
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we are actually hardwired to connect
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with each other
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some people know how to leverage this
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innate ability in today's economy but
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most don't and because they don't know
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how to do it most of them are paralyzed
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with fear resisting the shift despite
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clear indications tying them it's time
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to change in 1917 a group of people
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performed an experiment that forever
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changed the way that we earned a living
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the world today is facing another huge
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problem we're facing a shortage of our
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own not a shortage of factory workers or
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consumers the world has enough of those
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we have a shortage today of dreamers and
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connectors and so we're holding our own
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little experiment and you happen to be
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the subject of it this eight-minute
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presentation was specifically designed
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to seek out and find the connectors
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around us those who recognize that we
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are on the brink of the next economic
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revolution who are ready to thrive in
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the connected economy and who are
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searching for the best way to do it
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the internet and technology are rapidly
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changing the way that we do everything
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today including how we make a living
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it's not too late to embrace the change
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and find a way to make yourself relevant
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and profitable in our brave new world
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and that's why we've invited you here
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today we've created something that
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rewards you for connecting it pays you
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for bringing people together behind a
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cause product or idea and we have
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systematized it and made it so that you
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can do it from anywhere with anyone at
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anytime if you are passionate about
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helping people if you are passionate
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about changing lives if you want to
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position yourself to be a capitalizing
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force within the connected revolution
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instead of just a bystander let's start
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now do you remember the moment you
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realize that the world had changed how
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about the moment you realized you could
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change with it

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