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I would hazard a guess that,

both in business and in our personal lives, 'finding people' is our

most inefficient process, the one we waste the most time doing

ineffectively, and the one we do the worst job at. This is another

instance of 'the cost of not knowing' -- Who is the best supplier to

repair your furnace, or advise you on managing your business, who are

the best people to go into business with, what is the best community of

people to live in and with, and, of course, who is Mr. or Ms. Right to

spend the rest of your life, or at least the rest of the week, in the

romantic company of.

There are a lot of tools to help you do these things -- yellow pages,

personal ads, social networking software, association directories,

consumer guides, dating services and so on -- but they don't work very

well. First of all, 'best' is a very subjective and personal concept --

what's best for you isn't necessarily best for me. And they don't

really give you much context for assessing whether the candidates meet

your decision criteria. As a result, many of us, in both our business

and personal time, spend a large proportion of it in the constant

search for people we would like, for a project or a lifetime, to

partner with. And we spend a lot more time in conversations with people

we trust, to tap into their knowledge of people we don't know --

drawing on the strength of weak links. Our processes for doing so are

inconsistent, arbitrary, serendipitous, even anarchic. There has to be

a better way to find people.

I recently suggested that, as a result of James Surowiecki's

ground-breaking (though in retrospect pretty intuitive) discovery that

experts are, for the most part, not anywhere near as good as the

collective intelligence of many in solving problems or making

decisions, perhaps 'Expertise Finders' in business aren't as important

as finding mechanisms to tap into that intelligence. But while that may

help an entrepreneur get the management counsel he needs, or help the

homeowner find the best furnace repair person in their area, or even

learn how to fix the furnace himself, the Wisdom of Crowds doesn't help

much in finding people to work with, to live with, or to love.

Consider these three scenarios:

Ms. A wants to establish a new business to home-deliver

organic, vegan produce to the people in her city. She's researched

potential suppliers and customers and has a qualified list of both.

She's looking for the right business partners.Mr. B wants to establish a new Intentional Community of

people who might wish to live in a natural setting, work collectively

in that setting in socially and environmentally responsible

enterprises, and lower their ecological footprint. He's looking for

members to help him establish the community.

Ms. C wants to find some new friends who share her interest

in studying the language of birds and animals, and is also looking for

some people to help her explore her curiosity about a polyamorous lifestyle.

These are not extraordinary scenarios, but they are so difficult,

awkward, even precarious with our present social processes and

networking tools, that many people who might like to do these things

give up before they start. Ms. A instead goes and works at a local

organic food store and tries to talk them into offering home delivery.

Mr. B instead teaches and writes books about social and environmental

responsibility, and joins the Green Party, whose members seem more

interested in political pursuits than Intentional Communities. Ms. C

instead joins a birdwatching club and takes an ad out in a respectable

singles publication, but the people she meets through these avenues are

not at all what she's looking for.

Is there a better, more efficient, more effective way for these three

people to find the partners they're looking for? And if not, how might

we create a mechanism to make it better?

In business, a well-entrenched mechanism for introducing something new involves three avenues of approach:

Tools & Technologies -- that lead people to do something a particular way as they work through the steps in the tool.Methodologies & Processes -- that tell people how to do something in a proven 'best practice' way.Culture Change Programs -- that teach people how to do something a new way.

Different combinations of these three avenues work best in different

organizations. Highly individualistic organizations with great autonomy

generally rely on tools, because everyone thinks their own process is

the best one, and top-down teaching is usually looked upon skeptically.

Even tools may not work, because people who don't like the implicit

process or behaviour (because it differs from their own) may try to

boycott, sabotage, or end-run the tool or technology. In organizations

with high levels of obedience to superiors (voluntary, culturally

imbued or coerced -- and yes, many such organizations still exist)

people will follow new methodologies and processes, and adapt to

culture change programs, and hence the use of tools to reinforce the

new processes may be unnecessary.

But now we're talking about introducing better mechanisms for finding people in a whole society.

And we've seen a host of new tools and technologies, called Social

Networking applications, which more than anything else are designed to

help people find other people, and for the most part they don't work.

And this challenge of finding people among 6 billion in the world to

work with, to live with, or to love, is unique to modern man, so

looking at lessons and practices in nature and history doesn't help

either. So what can we do?

The mistake the Social Networking tool-makers have made, I think, is to

try to manage the process for us, to impose constraints ("fill in these

fields in this form") and organization ("index your interests and what

you're looking at using this taxonomy") that works for them, and makes

the tool development simple and manageable from an IT viewpoint, but

which doesn't meet the diverse needs of the individual customer.

Finding people is not a complicated process (one that has a lot of

known variables), but rather a complex one (one that has a lot of variables, not all of which can ever be

known). When you solve a complicated problem (e.g. determining what

you're allergic to), you identify all the variables and their

relationship to each other, and then design an algorithm, a rigorous,

analytical process, to capture the data for these variables (your

response to various allergy tests) and formulate a solution (aha!

you're allergic to X). When use solve a complex problem, by contrast

(e.g. determining what is causing global warming), you have to content

yourself with capturing all the data you can over as long a period of

time as possible, and looking for patterns and correlations (global

warming correlates closely with the amount of fossil fuels released

into the atmosphere, and inversely with the amount of ozone in the

stratosphere) but (much to the discomfort of many scientists, and to

the glee of the parties that probably caused the problem) complex

problems can never be solved with certainty. Databases are useful for

complicated problems, but not for complex ones.

So rather than just capturing artefacts about ourselves: personal data

and interests, "what you're looking for", and "what you offer" (work

experience, credentials, self-assessed personal qualities, personal

values and aspirations), what we need is ways to capture much more

telling, context-rich knowledge about what we're looking for and what

we have that others might be looking for. Some head-hunters and dating

services have made clumsy moves in this direction by having their

customers record videos. But it's still just talk. What gives us much

more context to assess others, and vice versa, is evidence of action,

what people have actually done.

Personal stories are one way to convey this, but only if they're honest

and representative (a big 'if'). One-on-one conversations can also be

very valuable, but only if there is a previous context of basic

understanding of what the other person is about, and a consequent level

of trust between the conversants (an even bigger 'if'). Blogs often

consist of a combination of personal stories and clumsy conversations

(started through the blog post, joined through comments) and it is not

surprising that they have been relatively successful mechanisms for

allowing people to find like minds. Shared experiences are a third very

powerful tool for assessing whether others meet the criteria you're

looking for. Astonishingly strong, durable relationships have been

forged (and others dramatically altered) by a single, powerful shared

experience (a whitewater rafting trip, a sudden crisis like a blackout,

a foreign language exchange trip, a retreat, a political campaign

etc.). Why? Because there is shared context that allows for an

unimpeded, objective flow of knowledge about others sharing that

experience. And because unlike meetings in bars, first-date dinners or

theatre visits, conferences, or even singles cruises, there is a lot of

action happening -- we judge people by what they do, not what they say.

So our people-finder (whether it be a tool, methodology/process or training/culture change program) needs to

convey our personal stories,

establish a foundation of basic understanding and mutual trust so that subsequent conversations are candid,

facilitate a seamless transition to those subsequent conversations,

show us in action, andfacilitate active, face-to-face get-togethers.

This is a tall order, but before we try to design something that meets

these objectives, let's think about the people-finding process for a

moment. It's a self-managed

process -- we naturally object to people imposing management on it.

Match-makers and head-hunters are obstacles that get in the way of the

process (in the latter case, for understandable business 'filtering'

reasons). It is a self-selecting process (we choose to opt in, or opt out). It's a reciprocal

process: In each case there isn't a subject and an object of the

search: As Ms. A, Mr. B and Ms. C are looking, other people are looking

to partner with them. So except for filling mundane job vacancies (I'll

explain in a later post why all the interesting advertised job

positions have either already been filled or will not be filled by

people replying to the ad) it's almost absurd to try to capture "what

you're looking for" and expect someone will actually say "that's me".

That person is busy looking for partners that meet their own criteria,

and systems that take a buyer/seller approach are doomed to lead to

'two ships that pass in the night' scenarios. So whatever design we

come up with has to be a place where people can show who they are, not

say what they want. It's up to the searcher to make the connection. And

any place that shows us as we really are opens us up, perhaps

dangerously, to a whole world of possible relationships, not just the

ones we might be looking for. I confess that I'm always looking for

possible business associates and new friends, but my inarticulate blog,

which tells you relatively little about me personally, has led to some

surprising and flattering personal overtures from readers who think

they might be looking for me for other reasons. A good people-finder

needs to acknowledge that risk, and its possibilities: Sometime when we

go looking for someone for one reason, we find that we find someone

that meets another need, perhaps one we didn't even know we had. We

don't always know what we're looking for until we find it.

The transition from a blog or other online correspondence relationship,

to friendship or other partnership, is currently a very difficult one.

My first phone and Skype conversations, and first face-to-face

meetings, with people I've 'met' online have usually been pretty

awkward and embarrassing -- it's a wrenching transition, usually

revealing how little, or how inaccurately, your (and others') online

personas really convey who you are. Or maybe that's unfair -- perhaps I

should say 'differently'. Who am I to say that the persona that you

convey in face-to-face conversations is any more the 'real' you than

the one you convey in thoughtful and passionate online 'conversations'?

What would a system that meets the criteria in the five bullets above

look like? How could we design it? I'm not sure -- I'd like to gather

the Wisdom of Crowds before trying to answer that question. But here

are some quick thoughts:

I think the stories about us that would be most valuable

would be stories authored by others that know us, not self-authored

ones.

Stories are highly personal, evolutionary, free-form and

dynamic. 'Templates' for stories won't help, and could hurt. We need to

learn and teach a lot about story-telling.

Maybe it's because I'm male, but I want to see someone in action,

even if it's pursuing their hobby, rather than just hearing about what

they've done, or seeing them sitting passively at their computer. So we

need to learn and teach how to make short movies, 'personal

documentaries' as well. If you think this is silly, ask yourself this:

If there was a 5-minute movie on your favourite blog showing the author

doing something active, even something silly like flying a kite with

their children, would you hesitate for a second before watching it

(bandwidth permitting)? Now, if it was just a webcam showing them

passively at their computer, would your answer be the same? You're

thinking what I'm thinking, right? -- The 5-minute action movie is

another type of story.

After trying Skype and Webcams, I'm convinced audio

conversations (especially if they could be twinned with voice

recognition software that would create an IM thread) will be critical

to deepening established

relationships, and will also be valuable tools in collaboration,

consensus-building, and innovation. But I'm not so sure they're of any

value in finding partners and establishing those relationships in the

first place. You need a context of basic understanding and mutual trust

to do that, and weblogs alone can't give you that. Until you have that

basic understanding, through a lot of stories, 5-minute movies and/or

face-to-face conversations, I think audio conversations between people

looking to establish relationships will just be jarring and awkward.

They might actually sabotage what could otherwise be an important

relationship. As for Webcams -- they're just too static, and add the

same value as video of a presenter droning on at the front of a

boardroom, or video of a news anchor reading the text of a story --

zero.

I'd welcome your thoughts on this, and I'm sure the designers of the

next generation of Social Networking applications, innovatinve business

search companies, dating services and others struggling with the

complex problem of people-finding would welcome them too.

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