Posts Tagged 'Society and Culture'

Teach them well, your children

Whether off the bike or on…

You other fathers out there, teach your children well.

Feed them on your dreams.

As I’m sure you know, most of those words come from here:

Happy Father’s Day.

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An open social media letter to some friends

Party Line

Image by mhartford via Flickr

Dear friends:

You don’t need to be dragged kicking and screaming into the world of social media after all.

You are already here.

That “kicking and screaming” image came up twice recently, once when I used it and then just the other day when I started reading “The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Web.” Across the top of the book’s front cover is a quote from Dave McClure, 500hats, in which he says of author Tamar Weinberg:

“I can think of no one more qualified to bring you kicking and screaming into the 21st century…”

The book, obviously, targets those who have a stake in marketing themselves or their companies well. You may or may not have a similar stake, although if I were selling real estate (you know who you are) I would be exploring the possibilities.

So why do I say you are already here in the world of social media? In part, maybe I use the terms “social” and “media” a bit differently from the way some others might. (A telephone line could fit into my definition of a social medium.)

Look at what you’ve been doing:

  • You have sent emails to many, many people – sometimes sharing the pictures you’ve taken on your cell phones and digital cameras.
  • Growing numbers of you text friends and family. (That’s one digital habit I’ve managed to avoid picking up so far.) Maybe you’re even sexting each other. I don’t wanna know.
  • You frequently use search engines to get new information on where to eat or drink or how much your trip will cost, and you share what you’ve learned.
  • Some of you read blogs and the comments on blogs and news stories.
  • A couple of you participated rather actively by commenting on what I said in an interview about “Age of Conversation 3: It’s Time to Get Busy!

Still, many of you do not use Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn or any of the other sites and networks commonly thought of as “social media.”

That doesn’t matter. You are already part of the conversation, which is what is important.

And I didn’t notice any kicking or screaming.

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AOC3 authors will help “Make a Wish”

Off the bike:

With an international co-author cast of 170 or so writers, marketers and thinkers, there are bound to be more than a few thoughts provoked by “Age of Conversation 3: It’s Time to Get Busy!

I had the good fortune to sneak in there amongst them and was able to do it without using the word “bicycle” even once. (I did use “snark” in a sentence – as a verb – and hope it will make its way to a dictionary someday.)

Not only did each author contribute a few hundred words, they’ll be giving the proceeds away to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation make wishes come true.

For my part, I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of the folks have to say about community, engagement, marketing and social media, and I am more than a little excited about being a part of this project.

It’s coming soon…with words by these folks:

Adam Joseph Priyanka Sachar Mark Earls
Cory Coley-Christakos Stefan Erschwendner Paul Hebert
Jeff De Cagna Thomas Clifford Phil Gerbyshak
Jon Burg Toby Bloomberg Shambhu Neil Vineberg
Joseph Jaffe Uwe Hook Steve Roesler
Michael E. Rubin anibal casso Steve Woodruff
Steve Sponder Becky Carroll Tim Tyler
Chris Wilson Beth Harte Tinu Abayomi-Paul
Dan Schawbel Carol Bodensteiner Trey Pennington
David Weinfeld Dan Sitter Vanessa DiMauro
Ed Brenegar David Zinger Brett T. T. Macfarlane
Efrain Mendicuti Deb Brown Brian Reich
Gaurav Mishra Dennis Deery C.B. Whittemore
Gordon Whitehead Heather Rast Cam Beck
Hajj E. Flemings Joan Endicott Cathryn Hrudicka
Jeroen Verkroost Karen D. Swim Christopher Morris
Joe Pulizzi Leah Otto Corentin Monot
Karalee Evans Leigh Durst David Berkowitz
Kevin Jessop Lesley Lambert Duane Brown
Peter Korchnak Mark Price Dustin Jacobsen
Piet Wulleman Mike Maddaloni Ernie Mosteller
Scott Townsend Nick Burcher Frank Stiefler
Steve Olenski Rich Nadworny John Rosen
Tim Jackson Suzanne Hull Len Kendall
Amber Naslund Wayne Buckhanan Mark McGuinness
Caroline Melberg Andy Drish Oleksandr Skorokhod
Claire Grinton Angela Maiers Paul Williams
Gary Cohen Armando Alves Sam Ismail
Gautam Ramdurai B.J. Smith Tamera Kremer
Eaon Pritchard Brendan Tripp Adelino de Almeida
Jacob Morgan Casey Hibbard Andy Hunter
Julian Cole Debra Helwig Anjali Ramachandran
Jye Smith Drew McLellan Craig Wilson
Karin Hermans Emily Reed David Petherick
Katie Harris Gavin Heaton Dennis Price
Mark Levy George Jenkins Doug Mitchell
Mark W. Schaefer Helge Tenno Douglas Hanna
Marshall Sponder James Stevens Ian Lurie
Ryan Hanser Jenny Meade Jeff Larche
Sacha Tueni and Katherine Maher David Svet Jessica Hagy
Simon Payn Joanne Austin-Olsen Mark Avnet
Stanley Johnson Marilyn Pratt Mark Hancock
Steve Kellogg Michelle Beckham-Corbin Michelle Chmielewski
Amy Mengel Veronique Rabuteau Peter Komendowski
Andrea Vascellari Timothy L Johnson Phil Osborne
Beth Wampler Amy Jussel Rick Liebling
Eric Brody Arun Rajagopal Dr Letitia Wright
Hugh de Winton David Koopmans Aki Spicer
Jeff Wallace Don Frederiksen Charles Sipe
Katie McIntyre James G Lindberg & Sandra Renshaw David Reich
Lynae Johnson Jasmin Tragas Deborah Chaddock Brown
Mike O’Toole Jeanne Dininni Iqbal Mohammed
Morriss M. Partee Katie Chatfield Jeff Cutler
Pete Jones Riku Vassinen Jeff Garrison
Kevin Dugan Tiphereth Gloria Mike Sansone
Lori Magno Valerie Simon Nettie Hartsock
Mark Goren Peter Salvitti
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Age of Conversation 3: It’s Time to Get Busy!

Off the bike:

As a daily newspaper reporter back in the 20th century, I was used to writing news stories one day and having them land on people’s doorsteps just a few hours later. Books don’t happen like that.

Age of Conversation 3A call for authors to contribute chapters to this book went out five or so months ago. It’s due out in mid-April as hardback and paperback and in Kindle and iPad versions.

Click the cover image for more about the book, which I co-authored with, oh, somewhere around 175 other writers. (Maybe I should say co-co-co-co-…authored.) Among them is my former colleague Carol Bodensteiner, author of Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl.

Hiya, Carol!

Another book, which I’m not sharing with so many other writers, is nearing publication, too, after about a year in the works. More on that in the next few weeks, too.

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Where Mo Ellis was on election night

Off the bike…

Recently I mentioned being asked about where I was on Election 2008 Night (home in front of the TV and PC screens).

Now, Fairfield’s Mo Ellis writes about being in Grant Park that night, and about some momentous family and historical events, in The Iowa Source.

Barack Obama at Coe College 7-31-08

Barack Obama at Coe College 7-31-08

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Family and friends out there in a circle

Ribeira BravaAfter spinning class tonight with my wife and a couple of friends I found myself casting about for something on which to blog, lest I forget how to blog after going too long without. (Not that it’s all that complicated, really. Look at the hideous numbers of us doing it.) The mind finally drifted around to how fortunate I was to be able to “chat” with my son the other day, a young Peace Corps volunteer so far away in the Republic of Cape Verde, courtesy of a couple of free Facebook accounts and a little Internet cafe on an island west of Africa. How simple it was to track down within seconds the e-mail address of a professional contact with whom I had lost touch. He’s a professor in Toronto and I asked him for some ideas on strategic communication. Several other colleagues from the past were easily found on LinkedIn and obliged me by providing glowing recommendations for a job search.

The old word “community” has become almost meaningless without modifiers — even “online community” is too general to be useful and “community of interest” too formal and awkward. “Virtual community” doesn’t cut it, either, as my circle of friends, acquaintances and colleagues is every bit as real as the chair on which I am sitting and the music I hear coming from the speakers on my library desk this evening. What does it matter if we sometimes communicate by Internet?

Maybe “circle” will work. I have my circle, with connecting spokes that change in nature now and then. I have my people, and they have me. The medium that holds us together holds little meaning.

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