“…relationship is what actually makes markets. I’m talking about real markets here: places where we do business and make culture. Relationship takes the passions we put into creating businesses and makes them work in the social context we call a market. (Did anybody ever go into business because they were looking for a way to please stockholders?)
You have to be generous in relationships.
I learned this from a Nigerian theologian named Sayo Ajiboye, by the way.”
And back in 2001 Doc blogged about meeting Pastor Ajiboye:
He told me it’s easy in the industrial world to hear in the market’s noise only the sound of exchange. “It’s about relationship,” he said. “When the vendor says something is worth $500, he’s not saying that’s the price. He’s inviting a conversation. He also isn’t just looking for a sale. He’s looking for a relationship with you — one that only starts with your repeated business with him. The whole market is a system of relationships.”
What a concept. A church man teaching a technological genius about the power of relationship – no programs or things being “driven” – just people being invited into relationship through conversations. Why, that might even work in the North American Church – especially ones with latte bars, eh!
[Read the comment section on this BBC story for some further thoughts of Pastor Ajiboye on community.]