If you had the chance to speak to 20,000 people, what would you say?
It’s not just a hypothetical question. ListServe is a mailing list whose sole purpose is to allow one randomly selected member a day send out an email of their choosing, and it’s an intriguing idea. I’ve been a member for about a month and the emails have ranged from meandering and banal to inspirational and moving (and only a few commercials so far). The founders don’t editorialize, only checking that the emails don’t contain a virus or other unpleasantness. I look forward to receiving my daily email from a stranger as they attempt to impart their wisdom in a single missive.
The man behind this social experiment is Clay Shirky, a well-known author and consultant. He organized a group of 5 NYU grad students to run the project and the list is growing rapidly. Unless the ratio of commercial content increases dramatically, I’m staying with the list to see what happens.