Why time mapping? The interesting thing about mapping is that it’s very easy to get sucked into the image. It’s very easy to think that, since it’s static, it has to necessarily be flat and free of context.
These are the thoughts because usually, when people look at a flat map, they really only think about the simple task of getting from point A to point B. At the very best situation, they look at how these different spaces are related to each other and how they connect. However, that really is doing a big disservice to the power of mapping in general.
Maps are actually more powerful than that. They can accommodate a wide range of dimensions. If you take a map and add the element of time, you can see forward movement. You can see how one previous movement is related to the one that came before it, and how succeeding movements are going to be related.
This is all well and good, but this is just the beginning. With time mapping, you can add other values like dollar appreciation, interest rates, political conflict, changing ideology, changing populations, and a wide range of concerns that truly mirror the vast number of issues facing the human condition. This is why time mapping is so powerful.
It starts out as a framework. By spreading it to as many different people as possible, people all over the world can plug in all sorts of concerns and use this framework to create a territory that would address not only their specific concerns, but can lay the foundation to a framework that can possibly be used by others as well.
Think of it like a machine that people contribute small parts, widgets and gears to. The more this machine grows, the more it can then be chopped up, reconstituted, and put together to deal with other contexts to solve other problems. This is how technology grows.
That’s why we’re so excited about time mapping because it’s both simple and complicated, singular and many, or localized and international. It also both have a specific place and essentially, formulas.
It really is amazing because it blows away the limitations of normal mapping. You no longer have to be stuck with a two-dimensional framework or thinking. By starting with the interaction between time and space, we blow up the many different ways that we can reset this inter-relationship. When we do this, we reveal all sorts of alternative frameworks that you can use to layer on other pieces of information.
The only limit to all of these is simple imagination. If you can imagine it, you can put it on a map. If you can conceptualize it, you can somehow present it in a graphical form on a time map. The best part to all of this is that time has an impact on a wide range of concerns.
Moreover, people are free to keep adding on to it. It’s like playing jazz. If you think you’ve seen Miles Davis play an amazing jazz set, imagine throwing other jazz legends in his ensemble, and you’ll be blown away by the variations of the music, as well as the direction of the piece. This is where ideas come in. The more ideas are thrown into the time mapping and framework, the more changes, and the more it grows in value.
Furthermore, we encourage people to poke holes in the many different implementations that we present here. We’re not wedded to one implementation over another, nor are we wedded because of our ego. Instead, we want people really to blow this up, put pieces together, come up with something that works in their context, so others can blow it up again and come up with their own. Keep poking holes in the implementation because this can lead to different iterations, or bigger and better versions that can solve a lot more problems for a wider range of people from all over the world.
Finally, please engage in the debates and question-and-answer sessions here. This is not only a distribution platform for the many different versions of time maps available, but this is also a very robust online community where people can ask questions and share solutions that would take the technology to a much higher level.