Tag Archives: social environment

Only One Day Left!

Only one more day until the story submission of the month is selected. Would anyone like to share a story and join Erik in the running for submission of the month? It can be any organization you are involved with or one that you simply want to help raise awareness of. More human and personal stories often help engage the reader. Can’t wait to hear what you all have to share.

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A New Frontier (The Bubble – Part 3)

Have you come to a conclusion on the answer to part 2? Our sociological environment has lead us into a  new frontier. Although we can’t include EVERYTHING in our bubble (since that’s the point of having one to begin with), we can now include practically ANYTHING. We have access to news and information from anywhere in the world in a matter of seconds. We are able to be aware of so much, if we only choose to be aware.

What will this new year find you including in your bubble. What issues and problems will you be aware of? What solutions will you be a part of?

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The Bubble (Part 2)

All of us live inside a bubble. It’s a psychological and sociological necessity. Like eyesight or a camera lens, things within the bubble are in focus and everything outside is slightly blurry. The bubble protects our tiny brains from overloading with too much noise and action, which could make it impossible to focus on anything at all. But sometimes – just sometimes – we let things stay out of focus intentionally because they’re scary, or unfamiliar or require us to take responsibility. If a problem is far enough away, we can pretend not to see it.

The question is, in our society today, can’t we choose anything in the world to include in our bubble?


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Mastering the Hypotheticals

We’ve been talking a lot about leadership because that’s what it takes to move people and create change. One person can’t create nearly as much change as a group and groups need a leader.

Leaders need to display two unique characteristics; sight and vision. Sight is the ability to see things for what they are and not just what’s on the surface. Vision is the ability to see what’s coming and what might be coming. A leader can’t lead without knowing which direction to go next.

This is why leaders are masters of hypotheticals. They have the ability to see what could be and move in that direction. Let’s all do an exercise in leadership skills. If you read this, please participate in the comments section. Hypothetically, what is one thing you would like to change in the world – one problem you would like to solve or group of people you would help – and, hypothetically, how would you encourage people to help you in your cause? Don’t ever be afraid of vision. It’s not daydreaming, it’s looking forward.

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100 Reasons NOT to Do Something Important

Isn’t it always the case? There are always 100 reasons not to make a difference. They run through your head when you consider doing something big and as soon as you mention the idea to your friends and family they will give you whatever is missing from the 100 as negative comments on your Facebook status.

I don’t know how to do this.

I don’t have the right education.

I’ve never been out of the country.

We’re in a recession. No one will donate to a good cause.

…and the biggest lie of all…

Someone else will do this if I don’t.

Victory goes to those who do and those who look down at all the potential problems usually don’t make it to the doing stage. Don’t let the 100 reasons get in your way. In fact, if you want a fun exercise in overcoming the hurdles, just list the reasons you think of and the ones people throw at you and then cross them off with better reasons to do something. I’ll get you started.

Someone else will do this if I don’t.  If I do this, someone else will too (maybe lots of someone elses)

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Anyone Can Be a Philanthropist (and Everyone Should)

Time magazine shared some statistics from DARA on the successful dispersal humanitarian aid. The U.S. ranked 16th of the 23 countries listed. This list measured amounts sent and also the efficient use of funds. What this says is that it’s time for new philanthropy.

In this age of blogs, e-newsletters, and “donate now” buttons, anyone can become an advocate for their favorite causes and help raise funds and awareness to improve the worlds biggest problems. Everyman philanthropy is faster, more efficient and much more socially plugged-in than the efforts of large organizations. It’s time for us to step up and change things. There’s never been a better environment for it.

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