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Among the mysteries of life: Dreams, Sleep, and Time


Godalming, Surrey, United Kingdom: We have come to England to contemplate our changing perception of the nature of time, and what better small business to explore than one with a name, "Time Technology, Ltd." This business first came to our attention because they have won many awards. But, something far more important was happening here. These people were taking the concept of time management to another level in a way that seemed to be shaking up the concept of time itself. Also, given that they are located virtually on Universal Time (also know as Greenwich Mean Time), it seemed particularly symbolic to open our discussion about time.  
In today's interconnected world, the question today gets less and less easy to answer: "Just what time is it?" If three people are collaborating, one in England, one in Australia and somebody in Dallas, whose time is the "real" time? Each has their own. Is there a "new" common time? Of course, there is. But, just what time is it?
In this episode of the show, you meet Rosemary & Nigel and Peter Skeffington. They introduce us to the rather simple technology -- collaboration software -- that takes people from many different time zones into the same time and creates a ubiquitous space that everybody shares.  

We quickly learn how they both teach and implement collaborative technologies. They're not terribly concerned that this technology raises some real questions about our perception of time. For them, it is just a fact that literally hundreds of people can be part of an online meeting, working on the same content, though separated by time zones and continents.
Time and space are so fundamental most of us just take the two for granted. It may seem just like another application of technology, but we believe it is the beginning of a significant revolution.  We are at long last breaking free of long-held beliefs about what is possible within a given space and time. 

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From Walt Disney Pictures, a film by Tim Burton in 3D, Alice in Wonderland

Dreams, Sleep, and Time   These three mysteries of life drove Lewis Carroll to write his book. The penultimate nature of each drives us to re-engage this classic tale in yet a new way.  Disney may make a billion dollars. We can do better.

Together we can create multi-billion dollar businesses based on each.

1. Dreams.  If we create a recovery process, we just may have it.

Dreams drive us to do what we do. The light of day can be harsh and dreams vaporize.  Let's create processes to stimulate, reinforce, empower and bring dreams into the light.

2.  Sleep.  While the body rests, why not learn about the essence?

Sleep becomes a repository for intelligent dreams,  a deeper knowing and healing.

3.  Time.  Make the Past, Present, Future and Eternal truly knowable.

Time becomes derivative.  We'll see how, and turn reality on its head.

Do timeless work. Collaborate. Make our world a better place.

Science and technology continue to push us closer to Einstein and away from Sir Isaac Newton. We are learning that space and time are disintermediated. Each is somehow derivative, not a fundamental frame of reference.  The relation and the quality of the relationship is increasingly fundamental. 

With collaboration tools, we have taken the party-line telephone conversation to the next level.  People can see and hear each other from all 24 time zones on earth and 24 locations.  When that group gets together, they've actually created a new space and time that everybody shares.  You can read more from the episode of the show, Time Technology (next column).

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