This statistic is based on an evaluation of more than five billion Twitter interactions.
Perhaps as significant is the Erdos-Bacon number which is a mathematical formula that predicts:
“average path length between two nodes in a random network is equal to log N / log K, where N = total nodes and K = acquaintances per node.”
“Thus if N = 300,000,000 (90% of the US population) and K = 30 then Degrees of Separation = 19.5 / 3.4 = 5.7 and if N = 6,000,000,000 (90% of the World population) and K = 30 then Degrees of Separation = 22.5 / 3.4 = 6.6. (Assume 10% of population is too young to participate.)”
The fact that the ‘six degrees’ is not an integer but a cluster of numbers around six does not negate the ‘small world’ we potentially live in.
GreenIt’s reformulation of the Erdos-Bacon formula could be as follows:
For a given municipality, M, with X indigent households comprising of Y members per household, and 30 acquaintances per person, the Erdos-Bacon number would be:
Log (X times Y) / Log (30) equals only 3 (rounded off as an integer).
Thus the perpetuation of a grassroots idea such as the use of an Ukuvuya Kit item is only three steps away from going viral.
Of course, this assumes no ‘resistors’ (normally in the form of mindset).
Nonetheless, for those who have seen and experienced the ‘conversational buzz’ in township streets as employees stream home and are greeted by neighbours and friends it is encouraging evidence for a journey of a myriad actions towards Sustainability.
Footnote: Since writing this article we experienced an extraordinary example of this idea.
We are great admirers of George Clooney's activism. In the article below he describes a 'spiritual blessing' he received from the grandmother of a friend of his in South Sudan: