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Obama rolled into Union Station today speaking of a new Declaration of Independence.  It was a beautiful trip, particularly because he traveled with his family, with friends, and at Wilmington, Philadelphia, and Baltimore stopped to give speeches to throngs of supporters.

The enthusiasm and beauty of today’s journey, however, is not rooted in Independence; not this time around.  We’re a different nation now, more different than we know.  We are different because we are humbled, but in that humility, we are freer.

Our new freedom, our new independence does not arise from some belief that Obama is going to help us triumph over evil outside.  It arises  from Obama’s implicit recognition, and our explicit joy of being recognized, that we are intERdependent.  We, the people, all of us and each of us, matter.

Obama understands interdependence.  He exemplified interdependence in his astute choice to leverage the Internet’s near-infinite power to enable individuals to create and value relationships of their choosing.   We were given tools to create our own campaign organizations.   Even through the post-election transition process., the invitations came: talk to us; formulate policy; relate with us and with each other.

IntERdependence is the engine of democracy; it creates the nanostructures of new economies.  People lined 137 miles of railroad track, therefore, not to see some new Hercules.   They came to see in their new President a reflection of their individual importance reflected back to them in the President they just elected.   He not only moved the power of democracy to the edge, but opened the path back to the middle.   Reverberating throughout the crowds was the music of interdependence.  Let the new freedom ring.


P.S.  I will be writing more about interdepence in several respects, whether from the necessity for new legal and regulatory framing, to behavioral economics, to how we rebuild the infrastructure of this country, to things like Twitter.  And I’m depending on your help.


SPARK.  EXHALE. Also know as inspiration.   Over the past 24 hours, dear friends, mentors of mine – my wife, children, folks I regard among the nation’s finest corporate lawyers, legendary heads of law firms, but web sites too, and a very dear friend -whom I sometimes call MotoHepCat, a Mind Jazz virtuosos, gave me a tremendous gift today.  They gave me a wake up call.  “Get with it and do your thing.”  OK.  I hear you.  Thanks for your love and patience.  Here I go.

MOTION. I’m going to think out loud, taking the wraps off stuff I’ve published or discussed only in closed circles for a very long time.  Now that I’m freed, at least for now, from the constraints of in-house corporate law practice, litigation, and all that comes with it, I’ll share or create insights, thoughts, deconstructive creativity, and paradigm shifts that I sincerely believe make this planet and it’s noisiest sentient species a bit more sustainable, adaptive, workable, kinder, gentler, and happier.

  So my next post will be on something I’ve been working on for a very long time: how to solve the seemingly intractable mess that’s the Internet.  Funny thing is the Internet – in and of itself – is fine; it’s the inputs into the Internet that are – using a word uttered in a corporate meeting that I just love – “horking” it all up.  The inputs however, are not limited to the gear you use to make the thing work.  They include the law.  But, in essence, the inputs are the very assumptions we as a society bring to things like “communications networks”, “telecommunications regulation”, “market”, “dominant / non-dominant” “carrier” and so on.  Without spending too much time on the why or how we got here, but jumping right to the point, what was true of technology, society, economics, law, regulation and the planet 130 years ago is true no longer.

NEW FRAMING.  Doc Searls is one of the smartest lawyers I’ve ever known.  It’s probably because he’s not a lawyer that he’s such a damn good lawyer.   He’s good because he Gets It.  “It” are the details that matter.   Truth is, very few details ever really matter; the rest is noise.  Blogshpere and the Internet is, in many respects, detail replicating itself utterly out of control without much in the way of meaning, reflection, creativity, authenticity, humiliy or love.  Yes.  Love.  It matters.   Doc sees the things few others see; he sees what I only began to see after taking on the machine in 100+ days of hearings across 30 or so states pitting the innovation engine (and sometime echo chamber) we call the Internet against “the way things have been.”  He clued me in to the power of framing.  I can tell you from a regulatory litigator’s perspective, having tested this for about a dozen years before the FCC, every single state public utility commission in the nation and in many federal courts, there are few things that I care about more than framing.   Basically, if your framing is superior you win.  Period.   Great lawyers get this.  And so does Doc Searls.

NEXT: I’ve got a new frame coming.  I’ll post it shortly.  By way of utterly shameless self-promotion Doc likes it.  But that’s way more than good enough for me, though I’ll let you be the judge.   And, just to spice things up, I’ll post things like the Singularity Physics of Litigation, which is a sub chapter in a presentation I gave to a Continuing Legal Education seminar in Denver awhile ago, though it was nothing compared to the supernova that Chris Savage unleashed.  I’ll see if Chris will let me post that here & you can decide for yourself.

ONWARD.  With that, we’re off and running.   So, shortly – and “short” is coming from a guy with the world’s greatest wife – she rocks; five children, a couple of big dogs and no end of reptiles and other creatures – in other words, it’s an experiential measure.  My life is intense enough that several hours can pass in seconds, like when my twin boys unleash a hose in the living room after unloading the refrigerator and running their Tonka trucks through the resulting mud track.

OFFER.  Whatever I do with this, I will sincerely strive here to be honest, articulate, check all of my facts, but leave my ego – at least as much as any attorney can bear to part with – at the door.   So keep me honest and I’ll do the same for you, with kindness, compassion, and, to the best of our abilities at the time,  in service of something greater than any of us here.  It’s how we make the next world: together, one moment, one decision, one thought, one action at a time.

ACCEPTANCE.  In this final regard, this blog is no more “mine” than yours.  Until read, it’s nothing; just symbols on a page.   The reader and the writer together, create meaning.  I welcome your participation and will do everything I can to make any journey we take worthwhile.

CONTRACT.  Giddy Up!