'alone together' - do we all really connect? Yes we do on Ecademy

I read a brilliant article yesterday by Sherry Turkle - a psychologist and professor at M.I.T. and the author, most recently, of "Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other."The article starts with this sentence:

WE live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.
Coincidently, I read this on the way to the Ecademy Event in London last night where we shared conversation and you could see the level of support in the room from business people who had known one another for many, many years and whom connected 'unconditionally' and found great happiness and peace of mind in doing so, myself included.Daniel provided a great set of slides and thoughts on how he would like to lead Ecademy, focused on the fact that we all seek conversation not just connection.Ecademy's vision 14 years ago was to 'connect business people' that statement alone seemed enough, without FaceBook, LinkedIn and Twitter in the market, business people did know how to have real conversations, our aim was to get them to 'connect more widely, more randomly', that was the challenge. We know that the best 'connections' are when people make more effort to have conversation and it really worked for the first 7 years on Ecademy. The change happened in the behaviour of people when the large networks entered the market 'BIG is BEAUTIFUL! Since then I have watched the seduction of HYPER networking bordering on Broadcast, and, as many of you know from my talks and Blogs this concerns me greatly.We have at our finger tips the technology to enable us to build a form of capital in our lives, that can sustain, support, love and respect us, for the whole of our lives, and that is SOCIAL CAPiTAL. The ability to build 'social connections' around us that believe in us, not just our business brand and our products.Yet - not many people are really doing this, and this is where I see the opportunity once more for Ecademy. Thomas and I and the team here have been through some serious stress maintaining the values and the platform of Ecademy, many, many hundreds of networks across the world that attempted what we have are now in the Internet Graveyard. The last 4 years for Thomas and I have been an unbelievable challenge, a great learning and through it all, we truly have learned the value of the social capital we have in our lives. This creates in me an evangelistic passion for the opportunity we all have, if we stopped, slowed down and just noticed the realness of people and the conversations we could be having inside Ecademy.I was thrilled last night to hear so many members wanting to bring back the Ecademy local meetings, they were amazing, the combination of online and offline is perfect. As Daniel said, our Event Pages were pioneering, once again, people left to go and run their own events, isolated on their own islands, using Eventbrite to promote.My wish, my dream and my lifelong passion will be to create depth of relationships around business people, and the combination of Daniel's new energy combined with the article I referred to at the start of this Blog gives me the confidence that this is possible once again, it never went away, the people believing in this 'movement' just reduced a bit, but perhaps that is all about to change, perhaps Ecademy does remain the best place for business owners to care and support one another and in doing so watch their business grow.Looking back at this BLOG 'Connecting Hearts for real Network Value' from 7 years ago, wow, what a journey we have all been on and continue to believe in. Thank you to all those Ecademy members that never left, and thank you to all those that are returning, you are hugely valued hereTo finish, here is another quote from the article by Sherry Turkle
WE expect more from technology and less from one another and seem increasingly drawn to technologies that provide the illusion of companionship without the demands of relationship.
warm regards and lovePenny PowerFounder of Ecademy and Digital Youth AcademyHelping you build social capital in your business and lifeFollow @pennypowerI support:Digital Business Britain Manifesto;&nbsp