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Managing Our Daily #Digital Diet - #Social

Over the past year and the last 4 months, in particular, I have been giving thought to the basic need of human beings to create and experience intimate, personal and fulfilling connections with other people. My posts here have certainly touched on the topic of #Intimacy and Life Pacing. It seems that much of what we do - productive and not - is driven by our need for meaningful, intimate interactions. We will seek out people who we believe will connect with us in positive ways and if those aren't available, negative ways.


We all walk around in a state of connection deprivation. We need, no long for, more connection. 


Remember this song? 

Mad World:
All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for the daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere

Their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I wanna drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow... -Gary Jules

It's a bit ironic that in a world where we are more connected than ever, we seem to continually suffer from a type of connection lack. I remember reading "Hamlet's Blackberry" by Williams Powers. The book, as explained in the subtitle "Building a Good Life in the Digital Age," attempts to address our need to manage our digital lives and activity in a balanced fashion. To his credit, he calls "foul" early on for those who are proclaiming the fall of our humanity at the rise of abundant technology. Powers gives a reasonable and wise map for understanding our journey into this new relationship of an abundance of screens and taps. More on his book later...


Still, I'm wondering, do you struggle with an abundance of connectedness? What have you tried to manage the frenzy of your daily digital diet? What has worked? What has not worked?

This Just In - Goldfish Syndrome?! #MondayBlogs

 Goldfish Syndrome??

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the average attention span of a human being has dropped from 12 seconds in 2000 to 8 seconds in 2015. This is one second less than the attention span of a goldfish.

Wait? What was that?


5 Thoughts on Crowd Funding @WSChamber

I attended an insightful panel discussion this week. Brought to us by the Winston-Salem Chamber's The Technology Council and several local sponsors, the event delved into the world of crowd funding and crowd sourcing. You can read more here about the series panelists and the days events.

Here are my notes/raw thoughts on the CROWD!

Crowd Sourcing and Crowd Funding

1.    Builds on the human desire to connect and contribute to things they believe have value. A new venue for charitable activity with the added ‘bonus’ of letting the participants access a wide variety of options and levels of contribution.
2.    Has been made viable by the advent of technologies that connect people easily and allow them to share and promote to their network. Social sharing has become common place, even mandatory perhaps, for users of social and forum platforms. Sharing things of value and individual support/advocacy of those has become accepted.
3.    It is, like all social media, a crowd activity. It leverages the familiar and popular experience of the ‘ground swell’ momentum of more recent digital platforms (with all apologies to Josh Bernoff and Charlene Li).
4.    Capitalizes on the ambient intimacy (thank you Leisa Reichet @Leisa) of social media to connect people with a momentary, albeit transient, intimate connection.
5.    Success depends, in part on: A. clearly defining your project or cause in a manner that is personal and emotive. B. selection of a platform that reaches your target audience. C. offering options, levels of contribution. D. clearly defining what success looks like.

As several local businesses have successfully used the process, it warrants some investigation if your business ideas or projects are likely to be seen as beneficial to the well-being of the local community.

For more about Crowd Funding, check out this table of platform options!

What That Tweet Really Means

We all do it. I think we should just be honest about it... 

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The Marketing is Strong In This One #StoryTelling

Ok, I'm jumping on the viral bandwagon and sharing the Budweiser Super Bowl commercial. It's a puppy love - love story.

Isn't this the B E S T? I'm a sucker for puppies!

Apple and @Hootsuite on #BeSocial #MondayBlogs

Apparently, I'm not the only one who is longing to create life space and human intimacy in the digital space. 


Apple and Hootsuite have launched messages to address the need to balance digital activities with human intimacy. Here are their videos! Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

So, are they speaking to you?

Have You Met Camel City DIspatch aka @CamelCityDispatc

If you are interested in current events in the Triad of NC, specifically the Winston-Salem area, then by all means turn to the wonderfully edgy and profoundly timely online world of The Camel City Dispatch!

Over the last year, I've found that when my thoughts start asking questions about up-town events, new businesses, political, educational and seasonal news - I can quickly get the skinny by clicking over to the Camel City Dispatch website or checking the Camel City Dispatch Twitter feed for breaking news - and a little attitude.


You can thank me later!



#ConvergeSouth 2013! My Goals

Technology and Marketing conferences are always intense. Both worlds rely heavily on innovation and creativity in the development of technology and thinking.  Conferences, like our local Converge South -this week in Greensboro, NC, offer an abundance of information and ideas, which can, at times be overwhelming. It is part of the Conference experience - to be immersed in a flood of information. Over the years, I've tried to manage this flood by attending conferences with a specific set of goals.  Tomorrow, I will go to Converge South with some simple and manageable goals


  1. Have fun.
  2. Meet 4 new people and connect with them under the agenda of following up after the conference. 
  3. Have fun. 
  4. Learn 1 new idea related to how Social Media empowers business to business sales - not just marketing, but how can sales people benefit?
  5. Have fun.
  6. Learn about a new technology or platform to be researched post conference,
  7. Have major fun. 

That's my list... and so it goes.  Do you approach conferences with clearly defined goals? 


10 Minutes to Happiness via @TheSunQueen

I attended a impressive workshop last week that left me dripping with creativity and hope. Ja Nae' Duane, aka @TheSunQueen, stopped off in the Triad of North Carolina (thanks to the invitation of Jeff Sangeorge) as a part of her Agents of Change tour.


My first introduction to Ja Nae' was through her 10 Minutes to Happiness TEDx talk. SO, allow me to introduce you to her the same way I met her.


Enjoy the talk, then visit her website (above) and decide of you want more! I know I do.

As a result of this simple and brilliant concept, I've started beginning each day with 10 minutes of poetry writing.  I do believe she is onto something...happiness growing!


Social Networking Turns Real Life via @Lead_Better

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Sometimes even the most savvy Social Media user gets taught a lesson. I had mine recently at the hands of a stranger.

William (Bill) Gentry, of The Center for Creative Leadership, spoke to my Rotary Club recently. He walked up to me, called me by name and gave me a personalized and autographed copy of one of his books. Why? He and I had never met. However, the day before I had followed the Rotary Club's email announcing his coming to his Twitter profile and clicked the Follow button.  He notice and prepared for the next day by personalizing his book and bringing it to me.


So, all I can say is HOW COOL IS THAT!!!???