Synergy. The collective power of an entity’s various pieces – stronger than their sum, and united in their direction. This is a corporate mutation of the idea. Its roots lie in ‘Sonke’ – a Zulu concept – one of strength through community. More appropriately, strength through a community acting as one, as elaborated in the phrase, ‘sisonke,’ or ‘we are together.’ Now, this is real power. It is the power of human capital, uncorrupted by motives other than for the benefit of the community and its members. And it is a strength that is now at our fingertips like never before – facilitated by our growing ability to communicate, no matter where we may be. This new age – the age of interconnectivity – heralds a much-needed redefinition of the concept of power.
The phrase, ‘there is strength in numbers,’ is becoming more relevant as the days progress. And with each new realization of this collective strength comes validation for its movement. We are awake. We are aware. We are different and beautiful. Unbeknown to Plato: power does not lie with the few, it lies in the many. Further, it lies in the differential tact amongst its ranks. It lies in the ability to capitalize on our differences, not shove them away. There is beauty in this difference and strength in its number.
Never forget that you are a part of this.