How Can OurPangea Impact Your Life?
More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness…do not despair… you the people have the power to create happiness, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Let us use that power to unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and age a security.
–The Great Dictator, 1940
While OurPangea might have begun for all of us as blind ambition and a desire to make the way we use the Internet better, it has changed into something more significant for myself, Noah, Rick, and our entire team.
In an environment where the idea of a Facebook collapse sounds more than hypothetical and we seem to be closing in on the next great iteration of online change, this might sound counter-intuitive: OurPangea is not about Facebook. It is not about Google+, Pinterest or online advertising. OurPangea is not even only about online networking. It’s about using the tools we have to improve the world.
OurPangea is about bringing everyone together in one place where we can comfortably and easily share our unique opinions, perspectives and ideas and see how that influences our communities. It’s about facilitating introductions for powerful collaboration.
I can understand if everything we’ve written sounds naïve and deluded. But this is something I have come to personally believe in strongly and if you’ve met me I hope you agree. From a more personal perspective, moving around so often isn’t easy. It’s hard to establish an identify in a new place and even harder when you’re couch-surfing without a home base. There are many times I thought to myself how much easier it would all be if I had a place like OurPangea to understand the people and environment around me without having to literally walk around the city. It would have made meeting people, finding activities to get involved in, and staying connected to my friends back home quick and painless.
One of the most inspiring speeches I have ever heard was delivered in The Great Dictator. It inspired me to realize that our dream of unity is not a new one. 70 years ago there were people who believed it. We are still striving to realize it, and now we have the Internet to focus that dream. We finally have this great and powerful machine that we can build OurPangea on to create an environment where we can all collaborate and discover why we are important to each other, we finally have the power to realize this dream.
For us it’s no longer a company mission constrained to a company, it is a personal mission. And we believe in all of us together.