Lead on, Oklahoma City?

73 years ago yesterday, July 16, 1935, the first parking meters anywhere went to work in OKC.

Perhaps one wouldn’t expect such a novel concept and excellent revenue stream to be born in Oklahoma City.

Malcolm Gladwell wrote an interesting piece for the New Yorker about big ideas and change. Apparently big, revolutionary ideas are not particualrly original or unique.

Consider, for instance, Elisha Gray.  Mr. Gray applied for a patent on a telephone later the same day as Alexander Graham Bell. The telephone was seemingly inevitable; as though the idea was “out there” waiting to be thought of or discovered.

What do you suppose this means for theology and/or the church? I think the emerging church has so far followed a radically decentralized model that enables it to take advantage of big ideas being “out there,” available to one and all, seemingly just waiting to be had.  The upcoming generation, with the collaborative nature of work and play that the internet seems to be drawing us all toward, may lead us sooner than we would expect.

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2 thoughts on “Lead on, Oklahoma City?

  1. If we use the phone as an illustration, we have the advantage of long hindsight. I’m sure many other things were patented that day (week/year), some offering great promise, yet never panning out. Rarely do Big Ideas come already known as Big Ideas (though marketing hype tries to tell us everything is the Next Big Idea).

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