X is a great buzzword.
In its algebraic context it means "unknown" as in 3X + 59 = 1217.
In its arithmetic context it means "multiply" as in 2 X 2 = 4.
In a geographic or literary context, X always marks the spot where the treasure can be found.
(Photo from Rob Myers)
In David Brooks' world, X means a consumption tax.
In its philanthropic context, X has come to mean "cool," "community-oriented," and "open." Think of:
- The X Prize (Revolution through competition)
- TEDx (Independently organized, global and local)
- EdX (The future, free, online)
7) Fiscal Cliff
5) Social Welfare Organization
3) Data Scientist
2) Flash Mob Philanthropy
I have to say that X might be my favorite buzzword, right up there with last year's #10 - #.
Geoffrey Nunberg, linguist, told NPR that "Big Data" should have been the word of the year, not YOLO (You Only Live Once). I'm glad we started there.
Have a a wonderful new year and I'll see you all in 2013.
Remember - the Blueprint 2013: Philanthropy and the Social Economy will be available for a FREE download on January 7th at www.GrantCraft.org.
Buzzword Bonus: And just for fun - how about we revisit "Disrupt" as an uber-buzzword of the year!? 2012 brought us an abundance of resilient buzzword possibilities. (Hat tip to @JuliaThornton for reminding me.)