Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class

In her book, Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class, author and professor Claire Gaudiani argues that philanthropy has played a significant role in the American economic engine ever since our nation's founding. She also argues that little regulation on foundations and philanthropic giving is the best environment that encourages philanthropic investment ... and that philanthropy is key to the future of American democracy.

Here's a seven-minute clip from the BookTV program in which Gaudiani introduces the premise of her book.

Watch the entire program on BookTV (about 90 minutes):
Economics - Generosity Unbound: How American Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class - Book TV

Thursday, October 21, 2010

NPR Fires Juan Williams for Being Honest - NPR Fires Juan Williams; Fox News Expands His Role

So, what does it take?

When will people recognize that sharing honest feelings about something or someone IS NOT bigotry? (An aside: Just because I don't agree with Barack Obama's policies or politics doesn't make me racist. How absurd is that kind of thinking? If it were so, more than half the country would be considered bigots.)

Where's the bigotry in Juan Williams statements? I see none. Read the article and see the entire context. Listen to the audio and watch the video in the entire context. Where, I ask, is the bigotry? If you're being truly honest with yourself, how can you completely, truly, honestly say that Williams' statements are bigoted? The truth is, he's verbalized what I'm sure so many of us feel. And that doesn't make us all bigoted.

Juan Williams' firing for being open and honest is outrageous!

And the NPR execs who made the decision are cowards and shortsighted for not standing on their own two feet and seeing Williams' statements for what they are.


We need more in the media who are willing to be so honest.

Friday, August 13, 2010

The Future of Books: CEO Ingram Skip Prichard Feels Confident - The Daily Beast

It's amazing to me that amidst the hue and cry that the emergence of e-books and reading devices (Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook, and the iPad) spells doom and gloom for printed media, the growth of book sales continues to increase. And not just slowly. In this blog post, Ingram's CEO points to double-digit growth!

 In spite of the fact that I spend most of my working day at the keyboard, personally, I prefer reading off the printed page instead of an electronic screen. I like to hold books in my hand and mark them up, underline and make notes in the margins. Can't do that very well with an e-reader... Well, yes, I haven't tried it because I have no desire to spring a hundred or two clams to buy one. I'd rather spend that money elsewhere.

Personally, I believe that as created beings we were made to read and view things off reflected light, rather than light projected into our eyeballs. I have no scientific proof. It's just my belief coupled with my own preference. I find that I can read more and for longer periods, and tend to absorb and remember things better reading print media than the PC screen.

However, as Ingram's Skip Prichard points out, the convergence of the printed word with social/new media creates some wonderful opportunities for expanding the reach and learning opportunities that never existed before. And that is pretty exciting stuff.

The Future of Books: CEO Ingram Skip Prichard Feels Confident - The Daily Beast

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Single Most Important Key to Achieving Your Goals

In his blog post, The Single Most Important Key to Achieving Your Goals, Thomas Nelson Publishers CEO Michael Hyatt says:

"Enlist the help of the best coaches and instructors you can afford."

I enjoy reading Michael's blog. He always has good stuff.

Read this entire post for some interesting examples of how he's sought out the best.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Must people tweet about everything?

You know, there are some things that people just should not tweet about.

"Is nothing sacred? People tweeting about prisoner executions? People tweeting about trips to the gyno/gastro/whatever the hell other doctor? Social media has indeed produced “oversharers.” " From Jackson Wightman and PR Daily

Monday, June 14, 2010

Inside the Giants Clubhouse: Fathers and Daughters

Because I have a daughter, I love stories about fathers and daughters. Would have loved to have been there for this father-daughter panel.

Inside the Giants Clubhouse: Fathers and Daughters

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Words are pretty much all you need

As one who engages in wordsmithing now and again, I like what Jeff Brooks, over at the Future Fundraising Now blog, said in his post "Words: you have what it takes to motivate people to action":

"So next time you get envious of whiz-bang YouTube videos or other high-production media, remember this: If you can write well, you have everything you need already."

He refers to the Google ad "Parisian Love" that debuted during this year's SuperBowl. It was simple, but compelling because it told a story. Oh, and the sound to go along with it just enhanced the words on the screen.

So, you don't need to have all the fancy stuff, the latest and greatest technology, and all cool techno-gizmos to be convincing. You just need words. Use the right ones. Use 'em well. Use 'em wisely. Use 'em to tell a great story.

Monday, April 19, 2010

25 Free Educational Resources Online - The Causemopolitan

Pretty much all of us like FREE stuff.

Even better when it's easily available online, 24/7, whenever you want to reach for it.

And free stuff that helps you learn stuff is even better.

25 Free Educational Resources Online - The Causemopolitan

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Ten Ways for Small Businesses to Use LinkedIn

Ten Ways for Small Businesses to Use LinkedIn

Conventional wisdom is that in addition to a Facebook page, you ought to be on LinkedIn. I've been on LinkedIn for a few years now, but I know I've not fully utilized LinkedIn's features and capabilities.

In this article, Guy Kawasaki offers some tips.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Where the Tea Partiers Should Go From Here :: Karl Rove

Where the Tea Partiers Should Go From Here :: Karl Rove

Democrats are trying to paint the tea party movement as "right wing nut jobs."

Well, the Dems and Left Wing have their own nut jobs, too. As Paul Westcott says on White House Briefing Radio, every group has its nut jobs... and that's not just political groups. It's just that political and religious groups tend to attract the most media attention.

Here's what Karl Rove says in his March 31 column in the Wall Street Journal about why Dems are attacking tea partiers:

"...Democrats are attacking the tea party movement because it is a new force that's bringing millions of here-to-fore unengaged Democrats, independents and Republicans into the political arena. If there's something a ruling party doesn't like, it's a new political player converting spectators into participants.
The Democrats are particularly concerned because the No. 1 target of the tea partiers—ObamaCare—is not rising in public opinion polls. It remains as unpopular as before it was jammed through Congress..."

Read the entire piece here.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Q&A: Culture Shock, How Social Media is Changing the Culture of Business

Q&A: Culture Shock, How Social Media is Changing the Culture of Business

From Brian Solis, author of the new book Engaged! ...about the book.

Good friend JD Lasica asked me to answer some fantastic questions for a post he published in celebration of Engage. I poured so much of myself into the responses, that I felt it was worth sharing here with you as well.

Many of the lessons and observations below are important for you as a champion, decision maker, entrepreneur, or executive. Social Media is not only changing how we communicate, we are also changing the culture of business from the outside in and from the bottom up. In doing so, businesses, of all shapes and sizes, will magnetize communities. As such, the intentional creation and crafting of a useful and meaningful culture in business will create a competitive advantage, giving people a reason to align and ultimately embody and extend your purpose and mission.


Your new book Engage may turn out to be the definitive work on how social media is transforming business. Looking at the big picture, how is it changing the balance of power between customers and companies?

I invested an incredible amount of passion and also vision into this book as I believe that the time is now to lead a media revolution based on insight, intelligence and experience. I think the minute you hold this book, its intentions are clear. The impact of new media is only just beginning and the road to where we’re going is, to channel the Beatles, long and winding. I believe that the destination is less important nowadays and it is this journey that we each embrace, that defines our experiences and teachings.

As in many books and blogs on the subject of social media, theory plays a role of course, however, new media isn’t as “new” as we might think. There are lessons and applied learning that we must embrace in order to effectively change, not merely for the sake of change, but for the betterment of the tattered relations between businesses, customers, and the influencers and peers who connect them. The shift of balance skewed towards those who believe they held the power and in many cases, businesses invested profits into distancing the nodes that connect us to our networks of relevance in order to reduce the cost of actually “managing” customers. When we lost the universal ability to hit “0″ and connect with a live human being, regardless of medium, it was the final insult that sparked a social uprising.

Social media is the democratization of information and the equalization of influence. Monologue gave way to dialogue and we the people ensured that our voices were not only heard, but felt.

Now that we, as consumers, have the ability to vocalize sentiment and in doing so, cause meaningful and reverberating action, companies have no choice but to pay attention. They must respond. And, they’re not even close to doing so in a scalable nor efficient manner. Brands were blindsided because their focus was on distancing connections instead of embracing them.

Social Media is our industrial revolution, and as sensational as it sounds, we have yet to fully realize its potential and promise.

Continue reading...

YouTube - Ronald Reagan`s Funny answer

YouTube - Ronald Reagan`s Funny answer

Saturday, March 13, 2010

How do you deal with fears of being hurt in relationships, which can limit you?

Dr. John Townsend wrote: 

"How do you deal with fears of being hurt in relationships, which can limit you? Fear and love don't go together.

There are two answers: with safe people, let them know you want to open up, and ask them to help you. With unsafe people, set healthy boundaries so you don't have to be focused on self-protection. Then you can even enjoy what is possible in the relationship. Either way, face the fear and resolve it. "

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Art of Shameless Self-Promotion | Copyblogger

The Art of Shameless Self-Promotion | Copyblogger

I like the point that Nathan Hangen makes on Copyblogger:

"The reason that self-promotion works and self-adulation doesn’t is because self-promotion is the art of spreading ideas, concepts, and a greater vision. Self-adulation is just the promotion of accomplishments, deeds that have already been done.

"When you promote ideas, you give people something to cheer for. You give people a cause to support. People, in many ways, are selfish. They promote the things that make them feel good. Your accomplishments aren’t likely to make them feel good, but your ideas do."

Saturday, February 27, 2010

YouTube - Did You Know?

YouTube - Did You Know?

Interesting factoids... wondering how accurate these stats are?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Facebook creator is now deciding what is the norm for privacy?

In his CNET blog Technically Incorrect, Chris Matyszczyk points out in his post Zuckerberg: I know that people don't want privacy that Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg thinks he knows what I want concerning my privacy online, that I don't want privacy...

WRONG, Mr. Z! Just because I reveal some info to "my friends" on Facebook, and express my opinions in a blog, doesn't mean that I want other private information disclosed.

Just because some people -- and I'm sure many of them unwittingly, because they don't understand how much will be "open" and they think they're revealing info to only their friends -- choose to reveal private information, doesn't mean it's becoming the social norm. And because you believe it and say it, doesn't make it so.

(And how much of this issue generational?)

Check out Zuckerberg's declaration in this four-minute interview. The privacy part starts about about 2:50 into this interview. (Be sure to read Chris Matyszczyk's blog post as well. It's well worth the read.)

Makes me wonder when the young bucks at Facebook will learn. More than once they've experience the backlash of their users when they've changed privacy settings and taken that control out of users' hands.

The folks over at Google are experiencing the same kind of backlash with Google Buzz that went public a few days ago. Instead of allowing you to set your settings of who's following you and who you are following, they decided to do that for you. By machine, of course.

See Chris Matyszczyk's post about Google's pickle: "Google changes Buzz privacy settings--again".

When will these knuckleheads learn it's best to err on the side of confidentiality?

It's a matter of trust. And when trust is gone, so are the users. And when the users are gone, what's there to monetize?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Your Brain on Stories

Your Brain on Stories

When subjects read this passage and several others in an fMRI machine, researchers were able to observe which parts of their brain were activated as the subjects read different elements. Depending on what was happening in each sentence, quite different brain activation patterns were observed:
For example, a particular area of the brain ramped up when readers were thinking about intent and goal-directed action, but not meaningless motion. Motor neurons flashed when characters were grasping objects, and neurons involved in eye movement activated when characters were navigating their world.
Wray notes,
Readers are far from passive consumers of words and stories. Indeed, it appears that we dynamically activate real-world scripts that help us to comprehend a narrative—and those active scripts in turn enrich the story beyond its mere words and sentences. In this way, reading is much like remembering or imagining a vivid event.
Clearly, the narratives in the successful ads resonated in some special and universal way with their readers. We’ve all experienced moments of social discomfort, much like the would-be pianist who sits down at the piano only to have his friends laugh. And we’ve all had moments of pride when others acknowledge our skill or accomplishments. Is the narrative nature of the wording in “They Laughed When I Sat Down…” bringing these deep-seated memories to the surface to produce a more profound effect than had the ad simply suggested that we could impress our friends if we could play the piano?

Monday, February 08, 2010

Church Giving Matters

Church Giving Matters

About Ben « Church Giving Matters

Church Giving Matters (the book) « Church Giving Matters

Christian Leadership Alliance | Management Resources and Leadership Training for Christian Organizations and Growing Churches.
Previously Christian Management Association and Christian Stewardship Association

Adventist Stewardship : Vol 7 no 4 -- The Missing Connection, Ben Maxson
Benjamin C. Maxson, Director General Conference Stewardship Department
Summary: Ben Maxson shares his personal journey through a growing understanding of biblical stewardship. In this open, honest account, you will glean spiritual insights that will not only move you heart, but help you to discover the missing connection Ben found!

Why Money?Adventist Stewardship : Vol 3 no 2
By Benjamin C. Maxson, Director, General Conference Stewardship
Summary: The problem is not a lack of money but a lack of dependency on God. The moment we say "We don't have enough money, we are really saying 'God is not big enough for us.'"

2009’s Hundred Best Tweets and Links for Marketing Copywriters | MarketCopywriter Blog

2009’s Hundred Best Tweets and Links for Marketing Copywriters | MarketCopywriter Blog

Of 2009’s gazillion Tweets and links, I’ve culled 100 to re-read and share in the New Year...