Thomas Power on Social Media Five Years From Now

Thomas Power eCcademy Chairman

Thomas Power: Futurist

Thomas Power, Futurist, Ecademy Chairman
Thomas Power is a futurist and a social media leader and commentator. Thomas is highly respected throught the world on subjects relating to Online Technologies, Media, Marketing, the internet and how these relate to connecting people within social and business circles.

Thomas is a global communicator who coined the word “connectedness” in relation in to how we humans are evolving and merging with the internet to communicate in our everyday lives and how this will impact on near future generations. Thomas’s core purpose is “Teaching People”

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I asked Thomas Power to predict the shape of Social Media technology.

In typical form Thomas wrote and emailed the following reply to me from his BlackBerry.

Social is not just a technology. Social is a pattern, shape and trend, a meme smashing into society. Social has frightened everyone from citizen to corporation to government. Social has also empowered some (Middle East), more so the citizen than the government.

By 2015 most institutions will have embraced Social and that in itself will be quite an achievement. We will hear talk of Social Government, Social Corporation, Social Education, Social Governance, Social Entrepreneurship (some are already muttering these words). Few in society really know what this means.

Closed Selective Controlling vs. Open Random and Supportive

The real shift is from a society based on closed selective controlling (CSC) values to open random supportive values (ORS).

The Internet itself has created this societal shift. The Internet is an open random supportive organism. How has the Internet achieved this when it has no CEO, no Board of Directors, no shareholders and is not a public company?

The Internet itself is an electronic movement created by people in the 1960s and 1970s who sought to create discreet change without reliance on Government or Corporation.

Those electronic change makers who entangled the Internet using military motive and funding sought a change based on citizenship. Because the Internet is primarily a military intelligence network it cannot be easily interfered with and it cannot be easily controlled.

This lack of interference power is reducing institutional power and thus institutions themselves are migrating from institutional thinking (CSC) to network thinking (ORS) in this century.

So when we look ahead to 2015 and beyond what should we expect?

We should expect more information, more complexity, more confusion, more organized crime online and more public debate online.

We should expect to be voting online for our Governments as early as 2020. And be voting on national issues every month online. We should expect Internet Leaders not classically trained politicians learning the Social ropes.

We should expect more than one Internet Party to vote for. We should expect a society that is open random supportive. The downside of the open random supportive society is the speed of change. Few citizens will keep pace. Business will become a permanent fight for survival. The rich will be richer and the poor poorer.

In that sense little will change. The big change is we will know more about everything and everyone. We will know that everything is connected to everything else and everyone is connected to everyone else.

We will struggle with decision making because we will have so much choice and so much information on every issue. We will be an open society, a random society and a supportive society. Plus ca change, plus c’est le meme chose.

Thomas Power Chairman

About Mick Say

Mick Say is an Online Business Development and Online Marketing Consultant. Mick's goal is to help businesses to develop meaningful On-line Marketing Strategies via Websites designed to inform and sell.


  1. Great proposition for the future. I like the theme of “Open Random and Supportive” The one thing though is that as the “masses”, who are already joint but haven’t been that active in the social web will change it’s shape and character one more time. It’ll be interesting to watch that change in the next 5 years.

  2. I love Thomas’s idea of Open Random and Supportive – I definitely have experienced the benefit of that. Thanks for bringing this insightful post to us Mick

  3. We see no reason why big companies should have 100% control over decisions about what election issues and government policies should be. The people can now do that because of the internet. We are using brilliant new technology from ThePollTaker which will allow us to give the people of New Zealand their voice. From today we are assembling 500 paid members which we need to become a party. The election is on November 28. We barely need to spend a cent and hope to attract 8% of the vote.This will give us 5 members of the 120 person New Zealand parliament

  4. Outstanding!
    In New Zealand I have already created the InteractiveNZ Party. We have no policies but are a voice of the people using cutting edge online polling technology that is still in alpha.

    We will make some waves in the forthcoming New Zealand election

    • Hi Michael –

      I am looking forward to watching positive the Waves you create in New Zealand – and also looking forward to you sharing the new polling technology with me 🙂

      Thanks again – Mick

  5. Mick, I Really appreciate you sharing your interview with Thomas Power. His insight in very interesting and probably an accurate outlook for social media. This brings case to point, it is so important for people to truly understand that you can become so overwhelmed by social media that you could want to turn the whole thing off.

    That’s why I am urging folks, my clients, to really sit down and formulate a plan that will be implemented into their business. Without this plan, I see most online business owners, entrepreneurs, professionals rushing to the next platform but not giving the proper attention to those platforms they previously set up.

    It will come down to understanding that you must determine which social pattern will best fit your specific industry or market niche. When a business owner can hone in on this, they will see results and not feel so overwhelmed.

    My experience is from noticing how my business has grown by not accepting all the invites to other social sites, such as BranchOut, Commonred, Ecademy and so forth. I have learned to stay in a social pattern that is creating my community and driving traffic to my sites. Of course it does take testing to see which social pattern is best for your business, but it is well worth the time to do so.

    Really enjoyed this article Mick, as it really makes one stop and think!

    • Hi Lynn

      Thank you for your comment – I really appreciate it.

      Thomas is a futurist and he hangs out in all of the right places so he’s usually quite close to the mark what it comes to technology and Social Media.

      Come back and see us Tomorrow as Penny Power will be answering a really big question.

      Thanks again – Mick