Who is running the internet?

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It was a long and tedious walk to “the window.” We just finished a long drive from Lubbock to Big Band national park, and we were sure that we would manage to hike our way to the “window” and take pictures of the sunset. So, an exited 50 years old man carry tons of photography gear and his 18 years old son carrying himself started a hick that will impact one of them.

We arrived just after a storm cleaned the park and cooled down the temperature, so we didn’t prepare ourselves for five miles hick, we just went for a short walk. Walking in nature has this beautiful ability to engage people in conversation, and we weren’t any exception. After one semester in college, we had a lot to cover anyway, and the long drive apparently didn’t provide enough time.

I don’t remember how the conversation flowed to that point, but at some point in our discussion, I found myself explaining what I’m doing as a manager at the company I worked for at that time. I told how I’m taking care of people and the company, how I’m setting priorities, distribute tasks to different groups, coordinate between our IT group and other groups or in a nutshell manage a group of people.

My son listen very carefully with a slowly growing smark as I’m enthusiastically peaching, and when I finished he asked me a simple question:

Who is running the internet?

No one I replied and started to explain how the Internet is working. He stopped my and responded. So If no one is running the Internet, the same internet that you always said that is one of the successful revolutions made by human beings, why your organization needs to run by single authority? Why you can’t use the internet model to run your team?

There was a long silence from my side as I had to process what I just heard.

 

 

I never thought about it that way, I replayed. You are probably right. Then the trail becomes much harder to follow and walk. Therefore our attention was shifted to the path. As we made our way jumping and climbing up and down the rocks, I couldn’t stop thinking about this question. Then we reached “The Window”!

As you can see in the picture, the view from this place is stunning; but for me, this “window” was also a window to a new world. A world where organizations organize and motivate people in a distributed way instead of the hierarchical and centralized approach.

As the sun set down, we struggle our way back to the car. I’ll let you judge if the hick was worth the picture, but I know that this hick worth a lot for me.

It was a long and tedious walk to “the window.” We just finished a long drive from Lubbock to Big Band National Park, and we were sure that we would manage to hike our way to the “window” and take pictures of the sunset. So, an excited 50 years old man carry tons of photography gear and his 18 years old son carrying himself started a hike that would impact one of them.

We arrived just after a storm had cleaned the park and cooled down the temperature. We didn’t prepare ourselves for a five mile hike, but for a short walk. However, walking in nature has this beautiful ability to engage people in conversation, and we weren’t any exception. After one semester in college, we had a lot to cover anyway, and the long drive apparently didn’t provide enough time.

I don’t remember how the conversation flowed to that point, but at some point in our discussion, I found myself explaining what I was doing as a manager at the company I worked for at that time. I told how I was taking care of people and the company, how I’m setting priorities, distributing tasks to different groups, coordinating between our IT group and other groups or in a nutshell managing a group of people.

My son listened very carefully with a slowly growing smirk as I’m enthusiastically preaching, and when I finished he asked me a simple question:

Who is running the Internet?

No one, I replied and started to explain how the Internet is working. He stopped me and responded. So, if no one is running the Internet, the same internet that you always said is one of the successful revolutions made by human beings, why does your organization needs to run by single authority? Why can’t you use the internet model to run your team?

There was a long silence from my side as I had to process what I just heard.

I never thought about it that way, I replied. You are probably right. Then the trail became much harder to follow and walk. Therefore our attention was shifted to the path. As we made our way jumping and climbing up and down the rocks, I couldn’t stop thinking about this question. Then we reached “The Window”!

As you can see in the picture, the view from this place is stunning; but for me, this “window” was also a window to a new world. A world where organizations organize and motivate people in a distributed way instead of the hierarchical and centralized approach.

As the sun set, we struggled our way back to the car. I’ll let you judge if the hike was worth the picture, but I know that this hike was worth a lot for me.

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