By clicking on the photo above, you can buy the cool poster I found when I did an image search for "hive mind." I'm not sure how the art connects to my idea, but it's pretty, isn't it?
In this post, I'm using hive as a verb rather than as a noun. I hope my many grammar-loving followers agree with me that verbing nouns can be a fun way to change things up. (See what I did there?)
In any case, I have a theory that I'd like to test, and I'm using you, dear readers, as my guinea pigs. Thanks in advance for playing along. Okay, here it is.
I think that if I pose my corporate suggestions to the crowd by writing them here, you all will be able either to (1) explain why they're lousy ideas that should never be put into action or (2) send them to people who can work toward implementation.
Here's how we're going to play this game/run this experiment. I'm going to outline some suggestions I have. If you think the ideas are lousy, you can explain why in the comments. If you think, "Wow, Carita's on to something big there," you should think about which people you know who could get my ideas to the people with louder platforms or better connections to the responsible parties. Do you know anyone who works at these companies? You'll spread the word. Also, if you've been holding onto ideas for how various companies could improve, you can post your ideas to the comments and the rest of us will try either to spread the word to change makers or to to explain what you're missing. No matter what gets posted, we're hiving to send the ideas in productive directions. Then, we'll see if anyone important picks up what we're putting down. If so, we all win the game, with a prize of making the world better.
Here's my first cluster of suggestions. They're for Peloton:
- Launch Peloton Silver/Senior Peloton. This membership is available only to people 55 or 60 and older. The instructors are also all 55 or 60 and older and they give modifications for lower mobility. Some classes could focus on balance. The membership would cost a few dollars less per month than the regular membership.
- Construct all of the monitors to allow for WiFi, Bluetooth, streaming, and cable. Also set them up with a library of real-time world touring. Right now, the monitor on our bike can show anything from the Peloton app, but it can't show anything else. We don't have Peloton's treadmill or rowing machine, but they're wired the same way. Now, I spend 20-60 minutes per day working out, but I'd never go on the machines for added light movement. However, if I could walk to a television show, movie, or path of someplace fun, maybe I'd add more steps/spins/pulls into each day. If I could see the scenery in France, Wyoming, Mars, the deck of the Enterprise, etc. and listen to a podcast, I might use my Peloton equipment more. While people are accruing steps outside of classes, the device could track steps and award badges for bonus use.
Here's my second cluster of suggestions. They're for Google Docs:
- Add the "sort" feature to allow me to alphabetize a list easily.
- Create an optional start-new-doc menu to allow people to change the document's settings all at once, if they want. For example, do you want to send notifications for every suggestions taken or ignored or not send those? How detailed do you want the editing history to be? People could make these decisions up front rather than later.
- Provide a pull-down menu of all optional key shortcuts. Allow people to opt into these with easy toggles.
The game/experiment begins now.
Rule 1: If you think these suggestions are bad ideas, explain why and/or make improvements on them in the suggestions.
Rule 2: If you think they're good, do you know anyone who works at Peloton or Google? You're move is to share the ideas with people at those companies.
Rule 3: what corporate suggestions can you think up? If you write them into the comments, all the other readers will follow rules 1 and 2 above to get the best possible versions of your ideas into the brains of people who can implement them.
Rule 4: share any other ideas you want to in the comments.