Clueship

kinnon —  March 14, 2008 — 3 Comments

I really do hope to have a beer with this man one day. Doc Searls on a noun he’s created:

clueship. Meaning the ability to give or get clues. It’s one name for two conversational assets: having something new to say, and having a willingness to listen to new things other people are saying.

It reminds me a little of the Alllelon conversation around "listening the other into free speech."
And. In case you missed it, Doc is one of the authors of this.

UPDATE: The ever brilliant Mike Todd (with the best named blog ever), adds this in the comments:

The only thing I would do to that great quote is reverse the order and make it conditional.

None of us gets to say anything new until we have demonstrated the ability to listen to new things other people are saying first.

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3 responses to Clueship

  1. The only thing I would do to that great quote is reverse the order and make it conditional.

    None of us gets to say anything new until we have demonstrated the ability to listen to new things other people are saying first.

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  2. Great response, Mike. Hope the book is coming along nicely.

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  3. Wow. Thanks, Bill. Mike too.

    If you’re ever in Boston, or Santa Barbara, or any of the other places I hang out (or where our paths might intersect), the beer’s on me.

    An irony here is that my wife will tell you that I’m *not* a great listener. But hey: I try. And I know the value of it, anyway.

    Rock on,

    Doc

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