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Re: the openid para

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2011 10:04:34 -0400
Message-ID: <4DB973F2.5020207@openlinksw.com>
To: public-xg-webid@w3.org
On 4/28/11 9:37 AM, Henry Story wrote:
> When setting out to make a new discovery one always has to differentiate oneself from the
> others, by emphasizing certain things that appear irrational and unimportant to the main team.
> A vegetarian for examples makes a decision to stop eating meat.

Back home in Nigeria we have a saying that goes something like this:

When a chicken visits a new patch its stands on one foot first.


Sadly, Microsoft messed up the concept of: embrace and extend, so its 
hard to simply say: embrace and extend, when you have unobtrusive 
introduction of new innovations in mind.

This is all about the same fundamental theme: be broad and inclusive at 
all times when introducing new concepts to an existing continuum.

What of the greatest powers of WebID is that it will soon unveil what I 
call "the magic of being you" . This is about the fact that you know 
yourself best. That doesn't mean your context lenses apply to everyone 
who observes or encounters 'You'. Thus, you have to be ready at all 
times to accept insights from others.

You have a repeating theme that in my eyes is broken. It goes something 
like this: time constraints and priorities are the reasons why we have 
to make compromises that are politically insensitive.  The good and bad 
of a global web is that we have a lethal vector. Once an anomaly is out, 
it propagates exponentially. None of us have the power to reign it in etc..

Let's be gentle and inclusive. Nothing is utterly useless, irrespective 
of its perceived imperfections. Likewise, nothing is perfect since 
imperfection if a Universal feature :-)

WebID, Linked Data, the Semantic Web Project etc.. All have the ability 
to to succeed on their own merits. Thus, they all benefit immensely from 
politically savvy inclusion re. meme propagation.


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Regards,

Kingsley Idehen	
President&  CEO
OpenLink Software
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