I had a lunch today and two journalists Paula Javanainen and Eero Liesimaa from Iltalehti dropped on the scene to interview me and Lotta about food smells refering to the relationship between Susan Kuronen and Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen (latest cheap mockery in finnish politics). They asked to take pictures of me and Lotta in close positions so I asked the same from them. I didn’t get the kiss, though
I told them I would blog this. It was the first time in their journalistic career when an interviewee would do that. A true two-way conversation, as it should be. Democracy is about voice, not vote. Democracy is about two-way conversation, not one way broadcast. Democracy is about multiple points of view, not just one side of the issue. What is great about blogging is that you can easily publish your side of the matter in your own voice.
The funny thing was that when I was writing a text message to my Jaiku river, they appeared. I wrote in the end of my message “Iltalehti haastattelee ” and sent the text message to inform about my whereabouts. Virtual and physical spaces are crossing here. I guess they didn’t have a clue that potentially the rest of the online world was aware in almost real-time what they were doing. My Jaiku log is in my blog sidebar, which means that everyone who follows my blog could see on an instant what I’m doing and when. One hour later they could see this blog post.
We had a brief conversation on blogs. Paula thinks that blogs are a great source of material for journalists. Her understanding of blogging changed after the Tsunami. I told them that finnish understanding of blogging doesn’t yet cover organizations and knowledge work as much as it covers citizen journalism and politics. My point was that all organizations should have internal “dating systems”, a way for every individual in the organization to express their own voice and to get to know other people in the organization by following their voices. Innovations happen when two people from different domains meet in the intersection. Increasing the density, randomness and intensivity of communication inside organizations produces a fertile ground for innovations to prosper. We need technology that supports informal interaction as much as we have technology that supports formal business processes. Paula agreed and proposed that what I said about knowledge sharing was something that could be useful in their organization. I of course, would be glad to be helpful.