As I was beginning on my journey working with Jack Weatherford and other people interested in increasing our knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the ideas, practices, and contributions of indigenous people, the world wide web was just coming into existence. By 1995 the world wide web had established a communication system which could contribute enormously to our interests.
As a marketer who advised every client investing in a communication to ensure there was always an opportunity to act on the interest the communication was designed to excite, the opportunity to create a place on the internet where people could explore, learn more and create connections with and for the experiences, contributions, ideas, and interests of indigenous people could not be ignored. I registered nativeroots.com in June 1996. Four years later I registered quantumideas.com. I had no idea where this journey was going to take me or how long it would take.
This is idea 100 in Time Magazine’s 100 Ideas That Changed The World
It started in the Swiss Alps. The year was 1980. Tim Berners-Lee, a British software engineer working temporarily at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics in Geneva, was fooling with a way to organize his far-flung notes. Building on ideas then current in software design, he fashioned a kind of “hypertext” notebook. Words in a document could be linked to other files on Berner-Lee’s computer. But why not he wondered, open up his document – and his computer – to everyone and allow them to link their stuff to his. So he cobbled together a coding system – HTML (HyperText Markup Language) – and designed an addressing scheme that gave each web page a unique location, or URL (Universal Resource Locator). And he hacked a set of rules that permitted these documents to be linked together on computers across the Internet.
And on the seventh day, Berners-Lee assembled the World Wide Web’s first browser, which allowed users anywhere to view his creation on their computer screen. He alerted the world by way of a message to a newsgroup and the world came. On August 6, 1991, the web made its debut, instantly bringing order to the chaos that was cyberspace. From that moment on, the web and the internet grew as one, often at exponential rates. Within five years, the number of internet users jumped from 600,000 to 40 million. Until then, we hadn’t really known what a powerful new tool the computer could be for everyone. Now we do.
100 Ideas That Changed The World
History’s Greatest Breakthroughs, Inventions, and Theories
I am now pursuing a creative hypothesis that could be the next big idea to change the world in our common human interests.
If we are clever enough to create a communication system that connects every community around the world, we should be clever enough to create community and excite creative community enterprise around our common human interests.