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Loved the silicon valley youth problem article! So well written and a very interesting subject. I have a friend who works for Facebook and when I hear about the perks and set-up over there, I must admit it is intriguing, but how meaningful is the work these companies do? I'm a Facebook user myself and social media glutton in general, so I see the personal value in it, but I'm talking about the big picture. With so many brilliant minds, imagine what we we could be creating or solving, or curing. Previous generations would have killed to have access to the kinds of technology we have today, but would they admire what we're doing with it? Maybe not.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on The Three Things, Edition 73
Great post! Love the comparison between your "local" community and online communities. An excellent way to help those who haven't embraced the beauty of the interwebs to understand community building online. I also happen to live in Toronto's East end - far East in Scarberia, so high five for East-end pride!
1 year, 4 months ago on Step Outside Your Comfort Zones…Online and Off
The Night Circus is one of my faves! Read it twice now and it only gets better.
1 year, 6 months ago on The Spin Sucks Summer Reading List
I feel exactly the same way about reading fiction! I got away from it for awhile, reading a lot of non-fiction, business related books, but it only takes one great one to fall madly in love with it again. I highly recommend The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce and The 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson - strange title I know!
#1 is my favourite in text and image. I do like the phrase "death of spin" though too.
1 year, 7 months ago on Vote for the Spin Sucks Subtitle
This is something we talk about daily where I work. Being an internal Communications team within a larger company, we are trying to figure out how to go from order takers to being more strategic and getting at the table with clients early enough to recommend different ways of approaching their objectives. It's impossible to do this when you're contacted today and asked to put together some FAQs due yesterday when you have no concept of the overall scope of their work.
But, it is imperative that we do become idea generators. We are not just order takers and no matter how skilled we are we won't be doing justice to the client's business if we're not contributing something original. We are coming from different perspectives than they are and that can be valuable.
1 year, 7 months ago on What PR Firms are Missing: Ideas
Love this beer/blog analogy! Also, is it just me being Canadian or does that statistic of weekly American drinks seem a little low?
1 year, 7 months ago on Beer Blogging: If Your Blog was a Beer…
I am one of @EdenSpodek 's students in the Digital Strategy and Communications Management certificate course at UofT and had the pleasure of hearing @ginidietrich speak to our class via Skype last week. We're all learning one day at a time how to become better digital communicators. We're up and blogging and figuring out how to apply the "secret sauce" to our social worlds.
Can't wait for next week!
1 year, 7 months ago on #FollowFriday: Eden Spodek