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Introducing the Connected Life Exchange

November 4, 2010 - 5 Comments

Hello, my name is David. I want to tell you a story. It’s a story about the people who imagined that there might be a way to enable humans to communicate across time and space. It’s about their passion and determination to pursue that dream, to boldly explore all the possibilities.

It’s also about a series of events that led us to the invention of new technologies, to the development of new systems and the ongoing investment in essential network infrastructure that enabled a bounty of telecommunication innovations that would ultimately benefit all humanity.

This story began to unfold more than 150 years ago. Since then, there’s been rapid progress. In fact, people are now accessing many types of multimedia content on a multitude of connected devices. The “connected life” reflects our desire to have many  integrated services and experiences that are available anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

Today we’re launching a new project.

Welcome to the Connected Life Exchange – an evolving narrative about how people connect, communicate, and collaborate.

We will explore the compelling storylines that convey the meaningful impact that telecom infrastructure has had in the past, and will continue to have – on people’s everyday lives, all around the world.

Cisco Connected Life Exchange will feature editorials on three themes:

  • Hindsight: Where we’ve been
  • Insight: Where we are today
  • Foresight: Where we’re going

We start out with the history of telecom, by pointing you to our unique Discovery of Data microsite. It’s an interactive anthology of the key historical events across three timelines for telecommunications innovation and related infrastructure deployment.

Our Goals and Aspirations

Communication networks are the means-to-an-end objective — they’re not the primary aim or the ambition that drives the people who seek their inherent benefit. That said, the enabling role of facilities-based infrastructure investment is unknown to many public stakeholders. Too often we only notice when something doesn’t work and are unaware of the amazing innovations and technology that’s behind something as simple as a videoconference.

We aim to remove the mystery, via our shared stories and editorial illumination.

Connected Life Exchange

Collaboration in Action

Here at Cisco, we believe that the network is the platform – transforming the way we live, work, play and learn. We recognize the socioeconomic value that these network assets provide, and we’re excited to embark on this project. We’re also eager to work with others who share our interest in this common cause.

This is a collaborative project, and we encourage local story contributions from our Service Provider customers. To our new readers, we welcome you to our project and hope that you will bookmark this website and return often, or subscribe to the CLE RSS feed.

The stories you’ll find here will be insightful and educational. Besides, perhaps the infrastructure application examples we share could become a call-to-action for those business and community leaders who are seeking guidance on how to fully participate and prosper in the Global Networked Economy.

We ask you to join us, as we post new stories to this blog, and honor all the key stakeholders that help conceive, build and maintain these important network assets.


David H. Deans

Co-author and Curator

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  1. Thank you, Zoya. We'll have a nice mix of historical and current stories -- something for everyone. Later, we'll include some more forward-looking perspectives as well.

  2. David-Congratulations on the launch! You totally deserve it! I am very excited for your new blog and am interested to hear what others submit :)

  3. @Kare, thank you for the kinds words, and taking time to share your perspective. I just visited your website -- very cool. You know, I hadn't seen the Tim Ferriss video before. It reminded me that the Digital Crib series was truly groundbreaking. I agree, it would be helpful (more actionable) to learn some of the iPrize participant how-to stories. How we're experimenting with new social media tools could lead to some very interesting new storylines. Thanks for the suggestion. @Deanna, thank you so much for your support and encouragement. Next week we're going to start the co-author series, and I'm truly honored to be in such good company :o)

  4. I'm really looking forward to reading the blog, David. Congrats on the launch!

  5. Sounds like a fascinating project and I look forward to reading the stories David. For starters I thoroughly enjoyed the short video some young filmmakers made some while back for a Cisco contest, featuring how Tim Ferriss used what technology in his home: + I'd love to hear the backstory to the steps Cisco went through to crowdsource the I-Prize.. told in a way that it might be a primer for other businesses and organizations to receive innovative ideas they could use. That's how i first heard about Bright Idea and Spigit. Also how Cisco followed up with Ireland to help with their contest. As you offer more tools for our social and personal life I'd love to hear exactly how they were used and what-if scenarios for how they could be adapted to other situations.