Meta Networks are:
- Decentralized networks of people, organizations and networks,
- Bound together by shared goals, values, and experiences.
Mega organizations (like governments and corporations) are still important.
But the global problems we now face are too great to be solved mainly by hierarchically controlled mega-organizations.
Compared to mega organizations, meta networks are potentially:
- More intelligent and adaptive.
- More accountable,
- Better able to bring about needed shifts in global awareness and behavior.
- Better at distributing ideas, resources and talent to where they are most needed
Global-scale meta networks exist and are enabling great things.
But great as their achievements are, their potential is much greater.
That is, existing meta networks aren’t yet smart and coherent enough to accelerate positive global changes to needed tipping points. Meta networks are fragmented; and most of the people and organizations in them remain hidden and inaccessible to any given person or organization with a need for more effective connections.
We need to do whatever we can to help meta networks realize their potential.
See also: Meta Networks and Global Transformation (March 2009)