There's something profoundly exciting I've been working on lately, a process I've termed "Excavation". It's a practice designed to help thought leaders document their truths and package them in a way that is not only impressive and inspiring but also directly relevant to their mission.
At its heart, Excavation is a simple process. I engage thought leaders in discussions about topics they are deeply knowledgeable in and passionate about. I keep asking questions, probing deeper into their thought processes and adding more questions based on their responses. The entire process is documented and progressively built into a private, semi-private, or public wiki. (See:
What makes this concept even more compelling is its potential integration with AI. Imagine having a digital "Gary AI", an artificial intelligence platform dedicated to performing the excavation process automatically. The purpose of this AI would be to unearth and document the wealth of knowledge stored in someone's brain - much like an archaeologist unearthing ancient treasures.
This AI platform, which I have playfully dubbed "excavator.ai", could offer thought leadership in a box. It would probe deeper, ask questions, and not stop until it has a comprehensive understanding. Even more interesting, the excavator.ai could critique the quality of responses, pointing out where answers may be too generic or lack depth.
Excavator.ai could also function as a chatbot, answering questions from the public on behalf of the person being excavated. It would log any questions it couldn't answer, adding them to the list for future discussions. This way, the AI could continuously improve, adapt, and expand the knowledge base.
When the person being excavated has downtime, they could interact with the AI, add to their knowledge corpus, and identify any knowledge gaps they have. The AI could then suggest resources or pose new questions to be answered.
I view this practice of excavation as something that anyone could do if they're self-aware and can engage in self-dialogue. However, I also envision an entire industry springing up around this practice. Professional excavators could help thought leaders transform their insights into books, courses, and other valuable resources.
Ultimately, I see myself as a sort of "Rick Rubin" for thought leaders. I'm not here to judge or alter their thoughts; my role is to facilitate the excavation of their knowledge. I'm a talent agent for thought leaders and impact artists, using my excavation skills to unearth their wisdom and package it in a form that is appealing to the public. That's the power and potential of Excavation.