Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Of missionaries and visionaries

(re-post from my old blog.. feels as current today as it did then)

This is not my original thinking; it was seeded in my mind recently by a treasured advisor (Thanks Randy), but it has remained with me, resonated and is bubbling out.

According to Wikipedia:

a Visionary is a person with a clear, distinctive and specific (in some details) vision of the future, usually connected with advances in technology or social/political arrangements”

Missionary: "mission" is derived from the Latin missionem (nom. missio), meaning "act of sending" or mitto, mittere, literally meaning "to send" or "to dispatch” in summary a missionary “gets us there”.

We need visionaries; but we can’t get there without missionaries; “there is a promised treasure” means nothing without the “and here is how you get to it, let me show you”.

Social Media/Networking, like many other spaces, has plenty of visionaries. We need them to also become, or be complemented with, missionaries… yes, it is a dirty job (missionary evokes the image of that person that made mistakes. was chased, misunderstood, mistreated, etc.) but without them we wouldn’t get there.

What do you think?

Filiberto Selvas


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