The following is my position statement for the upcoming election of the IAI 2010 board of directors. Thanks to Jeff Parks for the nomination.

Information is the name given to the perceived imprint of our surroundings and its derivatives, and the material we use to allocate our attention and other finite resources. The use of information is common to all life, even it its most primitive form. It is arguably one of life's defining characteristics.

As an extraordinarily successful species of social creatures, we use information to divide labour, steer attention and boost our own success as well as that of the people important to us. How efficiently we absorb and how reliably we relay this information is ultimately bounded by our medium-sized physiology. The wisdom, utility or beneficence of our actions informed in this way are indeed partly influenced by our intent, but also by our interpretation. In our history there has scarcely been a more important time to both practice and demand discernment in perception, clarity in thought and fidelity in expression.

The invention of the universal machine, the digital computer, dissolved the line between saying and doing. It is a machine that commutes language into action, either by directly impinging upon its environment or informing individual people to act. Never before has such little effort been able to produce such a great effect.

What has emerged is a discipline concerned with using language to both describe and define behaviour. It has evolved to operate at multiple levels of granularity, from nebulous policies for the conduct of people to the pedantic instructions of computers. I submit that irrespective of technology or domain of specialization, the intent of this discipline is the same: the health, safety, prosperity and wisdom of the people in the information ecosystem.

As a member of the board of the Information Architecture Institute, it is my intent to use the platform to further pronounce the unique hue of the perspective of those who identify as information architects, while at the same time blending this perspective into the greater picture.