Kevin Kelly, the Encyclopedia of Life, and the All Species Inventory.

March 23rd, 2008

This long (!) item by Kevin Kelly shows the power of thinking Big, especially in terms of BHAGs (big, hairy audacious goals) that have the promise of transforming important areas of human endeavor and understanding.

A Web Page For Every Species

Here’s a story about something big. Big as the planet. Not well known, but important. I go into great detail because I was present for part of its rise. It’s also the story of how big things get done. With set-backs, failures, many people, unexpected turns. This is not the whole story; it is just beginning. There may be lessons for others hoping to launch a big hairy audacious idea.

Kelly goes on to tell the story of the Encyclopedia of Life (cameo appearance: E. O. Wilson) and the dreamed-for All Species Inventory.

This is a great read if you’re interested in biology, biodiversity, transformative technology, or just the power of Big Ideas.

Check it out.

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