Monday, December 3, 2007

Another look at community

Recently I looked at "community" from an economic (or, more accurately, anti-economic) perspective. Here's another look at the term.

This morning, many of the tweets in my Twittering circle are in response to this post regarding Marc Orchant:

At some time between 7:30 and 8:10 AM on Sunday Morning December 2nd, 2007, Marc Orchant, my fellow author on this blog, as well as one of my closest friends sustained a massive heart attack while working in his home office. At this time Marc is in critical condition at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Critical Cardiac Care Unit, Bed 3. He is not expected to regain consciousness for the next 24 to 48 hours.

To be honest, I had never (to my knowledge) heard of Marc Orchant before this morning. But obviously a lot of people had. Look for comments from Dave Winer, Joey DeVilla, and Buzznovation (see below).

One of the truly fine people I have encountered in the ActiveWords Odyssey is Marc Orchant. This morning I was stunned to learn via an E-Mail from Robert Scoble that Marc had suffered a massive coronary yesterday morning.

Marc and I had talked on Friday morning. He had told me what I needed to do vis a vis setting up the iMac and where to buy the best Ram at the best price.

I recall staying with the Orchants when I drove from Orlando to Seattle. Sue is an enormously talented artist who specialized in painting on silk. After Gnomedex we drove all over Seattle, had a great breakfast and I dropped them at the airport.

He was to be here in Seattle on Friday and we were to have dinner.

Please keep him, and his wonderful family in your thoughts and prayers.

I'm not going to reproduce all of the tweets that I've seen this morning; suffice it to say that there have been a ton of them. Twitter is a tool that can go far beyond the "what are you doing?" (um, listening to Groove Armada) or even "what is happening?") (e.g. the San Diego fires). In this case, it truly is a tool to bring a community together.

Luckily, in this case Orchant has still survived, unlike Antonio Puerta.

Please keep Marc Orchant and his family in your prayers over the next few days.

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