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Georgia Warren
Blue State Digital

Let us not take it for granted that life exists more fully in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small.

– Virginia Woolf The Common Reader, 1925

In March 1989, in a grey lab out on a flat road in Switzerland, a man made a leap of imagination so great that in writing it down, he wrote us our future. He called it: "Information Management: A Proposal."i His boss scrawled a note at the top: "Vague but exciting…"

Twenty-two years later, halfway through the London 2012 opening ceremony, the lights came up to reveal the author of that paper sitting at a computer. Unlikely though it seemed—and in the pub where I was watching, the crowd fell silent trying to work out who this balding man was—there sat Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web. Beyond him in the dark, 70,000 spectators each held a small panel of lights. He hit a key on the computer and a message flashed across the crowd: