At WordCamp Phoenix, I had the opportunity to sit in Josh Strebel’s keynote speech. One of the most interesting parts of the talk focused on the decline of the WordPress. This is a topic that the WPMU DEV team has been touching on throughout the weekend so it is something I was already thinking about.
Personally, I think that WordPress as software, might not last as long as WordPress the community. And this is not just because friends are awesome. We as individuals are now participating as neurons in a powerful rudimentary brain that is building its own infrastructure.
For a long time, humans acted like single cell organisms. Actions and thoughts were disconnected and disorganized.
The relationships we’ve built as a community are now the dendrites that are connecting us as individual cells. We can now produce complex thoughts as a result.
WordPress is just one of the tools we’ve come up with so far. Wikipedia is another one. So is the web.
These ideas may have started by individuals, but they’re become massively successful because of the communities that have adopted them.
These communities are possible because of open communication, in the form of open source, a low barrier to entry and aggregation. Anyone can contribute. This means more people can join in. This means more cells and with more cells, more computational power and more complex “thoughts.”
Computational power arrives in the exploration of novel ideas at the fringes. Each cell asks, what if we try this? More individuals trying different things means more possibilities. We can fail faster without damaging the whole, until we find a way forward.
I think this bodes well for us as a community, so long as we get weird, diverge and experiment.