Who Am I? (story time with Markus)
Who Am I?
Convener: Markus Sabadello
Notes-taker(s): Markus Sabadello
Discussion notes, key understandings, outstanding questions, observations, and, if appropriate to this discussion: action items, next steps:
This is a story from an Austrian children's book first published in 1972 that has sold a million copies and has been translated to many languages.
A cute little animal doesn't know its own name, and it doesn't know what kind of animal it is.
So it asks all the other animals in the neighborhood, but none of them can tell what kind of animal it is. So it becomes sad and desperate, and it begins to doubt itself. Perhaps it is nobody? Perhaps it doesn't exist at all?
But then it suddenly realizes: I am me! And the Little-I-am-me is happy, and all the other animals agree: You are you!
For small children, the lesson is that they are an independent person, and that they can decide who they are independently of other.
For the Self-Sovereign Identity community, the statement "I am me" is the essence of what DIDs and DID Auth are all about - generating identity and proving it independently of service providers.