Ideas, Implementation, and People

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Our everyday interaction is with products and outcomes. Everything good around us is probably the end result of an idea, implemented by some people behind it. From the bottle that helps you drink water, to our constitution, is an end product of a combination of all of the above. When we argue for or against something, are we arguing against the Idea, the Implementation or the People?

An idea is a broad vision. It is abstract in itself. It is theoretical. Ideas have long term consequences in the world. Powerful ideas change our everyday world. The idea of democracy, completely changed in the world, for the generations that came into a world after it existed. The idea of a Social Network, completely changed how connected we are with each other. It is most often a solution to a problem.

Implementation is the execution of the idea. It the process that brings reality to that abstract thought. Implementation has to take into account the boundaries of reality. A good implementation will take into account both the benefit of the idea, vs the cost of the idea. The cost and benefit are not just economically but can go into the domains of society, environment, and other factors. The further you go in the implementation, it becomes less about the idea and more about the constraints. The constitution of India and the United States both promote democracy but are very different than each other. Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter, and WeChat are all social networks but have very different implementations and granular problems they are trying to solve.

People are the ones who actually think of ideas and do the implementation, at least till Skynet takes over. People have their own motivations. They are optimizing for themselves. It helps if the people involved, have the same motivation as the idea behind it. The motivations may be individual in nature or maybe the motivation of a group that they are a part of. In case of a conflict between the motivations of people and the motivation of the idea, there is a good chance the person will choose personal motivation. The motivation of Mark Zuckerburg, Jack Dorsey, and Allen Zhang are equally different.

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