This year, YouTube turns five. In this short span, entrepreneurs created this service, sold it to Google and changed the way people consume media. It is shocking to think that YouTube has been around for a few years given its prevalence in our society.
Such pervasive success is clearly the VERY rare exception, but it still leaves me impatient when I look at the timeline for social change efforts. We have such pressing issues in our society, but the sense of pacing for solutions is often in decades, not years.
Unfortunately, it is probably in part because the stakes are so high that the gears turn so slowly. Risk in the context of people’s lives is hard to stomach.