As we work to build mobility into every product, service, and process, our greatest inhibitor is the mindset represented by those who defend the tethering of products and processes to specific places. This mindset is fueled by the investments that have been made that establish power in the companies, departments, and individuals that stand in the way of mobilizing our lives and our businesses. These investments are not always in hard assets, but often are investments of time and experience to establish intellectual and relational assets. We should expect our assault on these “fixed” ways to be defended to the death. Here are recent examples:
- Local politicians: “We can’t let people to talk while in transit!”
- Local politicians: “We need more money!”
- Politicians: “Pass laws people will ignore.”
- Big Bells: Wireless “services cannot be used… as a substitute or backup for private lines or dedicated data connections.”
- Carriers: “Please don’t use that free application!”
Complete list here.
(For more context, read the Mobile Declaration of Independence.)