WITH is a project I’m creating socially through public talks and conversations. This video is from the first of these at this conference at Bard. Many thanks to the Hannah Arendt Center for having me and to Sherry Turkle and Ray Kurzweil and all the other presenters whose talks helped create part of this response. I’m exploring my premise that social media is part of the major shift of what we’ve called the feminine back into a central place in our public culture. Business is now having to solve the same problems as people working on social issues like racism and sexism because the central goal is to create ways and space in which we have WITH relationships. This means you don’t act AT or TO someone else but WITh them. You each see each other. Information and data become simple and easy to access and then what becomes recognized as “scarce” and also powerful? Our time with each other. It’s not that the relational is new. What is changing is that we are having data convey the relational to the mostly dudes who have managed most powerful public business. And that the information economy leads to this. Social media is accelerating it. What were publicly dismissed as “private” “feminine” skills and topics are now a major amount of our western culture anyway (gossip, personal lives, friendship etc) Here’s the initial post about it. Please comment there to leave me your thoughts, feelings and responses or send them @heathr on twitter. To bring me to your event or organization for one of the next talks contact me.