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The Internet is NOT an “Information Super Highway.”

The Internet is more like a narrow country lane.

. . . most of it, anyway . . . most of the time.

People tend to navigate the Internet as if they were traveling a narrow country lane, from village to village.

Of course, on the Internet these villages are your social media sites, your email inbox, your personal and business websites.

The path itself can be lonely, as you figure out what you need to do next, struggle with an overflowing inbox, or try to keep up with the changes everybody seems to think you should make to your website.

When you take time to "visit" each village along the way, that's when you get to meet people--and lots of them.

Long-time "residents" of these "villages" usually welcome you and teach you the local customs, and draw you in.

The friendliness and camaraderie of "village life" can tempt you to hangout, maybe longer than you should.

It's up to you to keep your purpose and your timeline in mind so you don’t end up spending too much time in these "villages" (social networking sites, discussion forums, your email inbox, and so forth).

Whether you agree that the Internet is a bunch of villages connected by a narrow country path or still think of it as a super highway, one thing is for certain:

The Internet makes it possible to

Live in a village . . .
Serve the world . . .
. . . and still make your living.

Before the Internet, certain specific needs could only be met by physically visiting a place with more people, like a larger town or big city (or sending a friend with a shopping list). This meant going to town for groceries or visiting a city for harder to find needs.

Think, for example, of a bookstore with a selection big enough that you can find a rare book on eastern philosophy or an equally rare coffee table book on architecture. These might be found in a village or small town. You'd be more likely to find them in a bigger town.

Perhaps you’ve taken up cooking for a hobby and you find it hard to locate specialty food items for cooking your favorite ethnic meals. You need a store catering to the gourmand or a store in the ethnic enclave of a big city.

Today, solutions to those kinds of needs can be delivered to your door, no matter where you live. Why? Because

The Internet Makes It Easy

Today, you can deliver to your own customers' doors, no matter where they live. You can launch your own local store catering to the gourmand or keep a bookstore going in a small town. Why? Because

The Internet Makes It Easy

That’s just the tip of the Internet iceberg.
According to sociologists and economists,
The Internet is a Market Disrupter
Thanks to the Internet, all kinds of businesses have been invented that simply never existed before.

They’ve caused shake ups in each market they enter. Here's a short list of just a few examples:
+ Recording
+ Publishing
+ Retail
+ Transport
+ Lodging
+ Independent film & TV
+ Meal home delivery
+ Shaving supplies
+ Eyeglasses and contact lenses
+ New inventions
+ Gadgets galore

The Internet Enables More Capital
The Internet has disrupted the monopoly long held by banks and venture capital firms that allowed them to control which ideas got funded. That's now a monopoly of the past.

Internet Technology IS The Great Equalizer!®
In
Learning,
Communicating,
Making Money,
& Building Community

There are more market niches than ever before.
No matter where you live, you can reach:
+ local markets
+ regional markets
+ global markets
+ niche markets
There are all kinds of resources, from “how to” advice, to incubators, to friendly capital.
All of this is accessible over the Internet.

Then, there are all the tools to automate and make things run smoothly.

There is a smartphone app or software solution for just about any system or procedure you want to adopt.

There are more apps and more software to make you more effective, more efficient, and more productive.

The time is ripe to try something.

What’s your idea? When do you want to get started?

In the face of all that enthusiasm, I’m still a realist.

I continue to live by company slogan of many years:
It’s not the technology. It’s what you do with it!®

Having launched in 1997, I incorporated FutureU™ as The University of the Future, LLC in Spring of 1998. This was back before the Internet was widely available. Over time, we learned a thing or two about how the Internet can be applied to learning, communications, making money, and building community.

Today, I’m pretty good at recognizing whether you will truly benefit from what FutureU offers. If we can’t help, I can usually make a good referral to someone I think would be better suited.

When you work with me, your best experience and result will come when what you want or need falls into the sweet spot where my expertises overlap:
A smidgen of learning,
A whisper of communicating,
A soupçon of making money,
A wee bit of community building



The Near and Farther Future
As I write this, I am inventing new, better products and services and re-imagining old ones, to better match them to your needs. The following lists outline the mental model I’m working with, from a 30,000 foot level:

– Learning
Learning encompasses several factors crucial to progress and success with any project whether creative, inventive, cause-driven, or primarily money-making:
+ Personal Mastery
+ Skillful Means
+ Emotional Intelligence
+ Nonviolent communication
+ Small Group Best Practices
+ Tradeskill

The Internet IS The Great Equalizer for:
Life-Long Learning and Self-Development focused on:
+ Right Livelihood
+ Simple Living
+ Mindfulness
+ Meaningful Work

– Making Money
The Internet IS The Great Equalizer for:
The Small and Really-Small:
Creative Project
— The arts, music, dance, makers/inventors, crafts persons, skilled trades, and so forth.
Cause-Driven Non-Profit
— social, political, environmental, religious, spiritual
Money-Making Enterprise
— sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, S-Corp – any project, initiative, or business with fewer than 200 participants.

– Community
The Internet IS The Great Equalizer for:
Team and Community Building (Virtual & Physical)
+ Finding your Tribe and participating in Peer-based Support.
+ Preferring Cooperation over competition
+ Facilitating Team Learning
+ Developing Online Community
+ Building Virtual “Communities of Practice”

– Technology
The Internet IS The Great Equalizer, enabled by:
1. Internet hardware and software (sometimes called a “platform” or “tech stack”.
2. Personal Digital Technology (PDT) especially Personal Computing Devices (PCD)

The Internet IS The Great Equalizer by:
Expanding and extending our capabilities through PDT such as:
Pods, Pads, Smartphones, Laptops, Desktops, cameras/mics, sensors, and human augmentation devices are the are together are half of the hardware/software that is the Internet.
These PDT are connected, one to another, one to all, by the Internet infrastructure, the other half of the hardware/software that is the Internet.
More than anything else, it is the increase in number and kinds of personal digital technology that has transformed The Internet into The Great Equalizer for:
+ Learning
+ Communicating
+ Making Money
+ Building Community

Are you still available to clients who need consulting/coaching/training about Teaching and Learning Online?
Yes, we are! That includes anyone interested in design, development, and delivery of:
+ Online conferences
+ Online meetings
+ Online courses
+ Webinars
+ Portals (The special kind of websites needed to organize, promote, and manage any of the above.
You can find descriptions of these services on our old site. It’s still available at
>>> http://www.futureu.com/legacy-site/

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