A is for Authenticity

Waving not drowning

A is for Authenticity

Authenticity in the social age. Is there now more expectation upon the individual to accrue (social) authenticity?

With formal and social spaces collapsing, is authenticity yet another upgrade in just being you?

“To survive and to thrive in the social age” (Julian Stodd).

Or the formal limits of the organisation, so the individual has to infill on authenticity?

F is for Fake

F is for Fake by Orson Welles could be a timely film, but what made me share was the structure described by Tony Zhou.

Connect the thoughts, not the scenes…

An analogy for connecting your interactions in the social age, not the various platforms. And as Welles moves from the peak of one story to another (actually six), we have more than our own one narrative to switch tracks between.

Work (if you have it) and a social community. Family, volunteering, life long learning and idle reflection etc., all windows on your digital domain.

It’s how you cut it.

And when come to my learning it does tend to be multiples. Not one MOOC, but a couple at a time… or certification, a deep dive and volunteering.

F is for Furbo

Furbo is a challenging and relative cultural term that quickly opens up issues around advantage, authenticity and power dynamics between the individual and organisations.

If the social community does give authenticity, then some in the Design1o1 community struggled and then challenged a peer who posted work that wasn’t their own.

Authenticity was heavily informed by ideas of creativity. Your own images and words.

The difference was the view of the web as a “free” resource. The peer hadn’t intended to be inauthentic and didn’t want to be compromised in the community. There was resolution.

The call also went up* for social leadership.

This Design1o1 furbo thread is also about unconscious bias (creativity), cultural differences in the social age, remix (or not) and attributing power* (formal and social).

A is for Action

B is for behaviour.

So is the accrual of authenticity nothing more than behaving with an integrity of actions (over words), lived experience (more than intent) and some humility (learning and sharing)?

With no distinction to be made between formal and social in your behaviour, because you start with you.


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