Engage a person. And other social media dohs! 5 minute therapy.

June 23, 2011

You’re not alone.

Open your mind. Surely, it’s plain to see…

If you are going to get anything out of this blog post, you’ll need to say it with me:

I’m not alone.

Stop!

Say it with your mouth. If you can do it without disturbing the peace, say it loudly.

I’m not alone.

If you are too proud to say with your mouth, you’re never going to get social media. Or life. Or love! That’s just the way it is.

Last chance to save your soul…

I’m not alone.

Open your heart.

Let love penetrate. Trust me on this for five minutes. Because I don’t want your money. Buy yourself something nice. Or give it to a worthwhile cause.

Here’s some music – if you need a little help. Pump up the volume. You can read on while you listen to the music.

ATB – You’re Not Alone

Less than an hour ago, I received a tweet from Jessica Northey:

@Faryna I love your profile pic/avi! it’s gorgeous! also the love the photo on your blog. Is that your son?? he’s sooooo cute!!! :) xo

I replied:

@JessicaNorthey Jessica: Wow! You know how to engage. I can think of no better first tweet engagement than yours just now.

And I meant exactly what I said. I also followed up with two more tweets:

@JessicaNorthey Here’s a pic of me and my son, Johnny http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=450901373414&set=t.704673414&type=1&theater

@JessicaNorthey Just read your About on fingercandymedia.com. You are amazing. How do you do it all?! Do you sleep? <smile>

This is a beautiful start to engagement. It is an encounter of two hearts – and minds and whole persons. Curiosity, excitement, encouragement… and lots of other good stuff. It’s all there.

How do you engage?

Engagement happens when you understand that you are not alone and you honor the others that share this world with you. Because the ideas, insights, or inspirations shared through social media come from real people. Sometimes.

Engagement can not be counted in the number of tweets, retweets, page views, referrals, shares, likes, etc. Because in true engagement, we don’t know where it ends. It can also transcend time and space.

What about those real people out there? In life as in social media, people are the bottom line as much as you are the bottom line.

Yes, you are the bottom line of amazing. Don’t you forget that!

Stan Faryna
23 June 2011
Bucharest, Romania

If you’d like to connect with me, follow @Faryna and tweet me up on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/faryna

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About Stan Faryna

Mr. Faryna is the founder and co-founder of several technology, design and communication companies in the United States and Europe including Faryna & Associates, Inc., Halo Interactive, and others.

Stan Faryna served as a Global Voices author and translator. Global Voices is a non-profit global citizens’ media project founded at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a research think-tank focused on the Internet’s impact on society.

His political, scholarly, social and technical opinions have appeared in The Chicago DefenderJurnalul NationalThe Washington TimesSagarSaptamana FinanciaraSocial Justice Review, and other publications.

Mr. Faryna also served as editor-in-chief of Black and Right (Praeger Press, 1996), a landmark collection of socio-political essays by important American thinkers including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

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Guest Post by @DrJackKing: Are Leaders Born or Made?

April 6, 2011

by Dr. Jack King

Dr. Jack King is Founder and President of the NorthFork Center for Servant Leadership. NorthFork is a nonprofit organization fervently committed to introduce a new generation to the power of servant leadership. The NorthFork website is here.

Softly Awakes My Heart, Marian Anderson
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What is Leadership?

Leadership is not a thing. It is not a process. Nor is it a position (or positional authority).

Leadership is not self-seeking, or self-serving. I’m not suggesting it ‘shouldn’t be;’ I’m saying it cannot be these things.

For example, Hitler used strife in Europe after WWI to further his own goal of seizing power. Do we say Hitler was among the worst leaders of all time, or do we say Hitler was no leader at all?

I know some would say he was a great leader, but for all the wrong reasons. Read the rest of this entry »


Thomas Sowell, Media, Politics and Idiocracy

February 13, 2008

Five cent tour in Bablion:

Things have changed; the Press has a new role in society- Media for advertising and marketing. As Thomas Sowell notes, The Press is not doing it’s duty. The good news is that New Media has replaced the advertising Media machine for unfiltered viewpoint and opinion.

The internet is a marketplace of opinion and views where people tell it like they see it and offer their personal opinion. Blogging and social networks are an example. And that thing that was The Press has become something else, an advertising Media machine. Soon enough, I regret that we all may be assimilated and retasked to the greatest unintended integrated marketing strategy ever. Unless we can keep the high ground of New Media.

Thomas Sowell on Media and Politics

Thomas Sowell writes this week about the Media and Politics. He makes an excellent example of Geoffrey Dawson at The Times of London in the 1930s. Dawson, Sowell explains, “filtered” the news in an effort to encourage peace after so much pain from the First World War, and thereby, unintentionally, downplayed the dangers of Hitler.

Sowell reminds us that journalists have a duty to tell the public “the truth as they see it and to offer their honest opinion as to what it means.”
Read the rest of this entry »


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