Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises - Demosthenes (384 BC–322 BC)
Margie this is an interesting topic. But what is a "real" friendship? I suppose if we define it in the terms of ancient times (i.e. pre- Facebook and Twitter), then it has to include face-to-face contact, or at the minimum voice-to-voice. At least that's what parents tell their social media obsessed offspring.
I think one's definition of friendship has to do with the level of security the require. "Will that person be there when I need them ... a week, a month or even a year from now?" If that's your definition of "real" friendship - then on-line friends aren't real. But what if you are an "in the moment" person. Why can't a "real" friend be one that's there now, someone you're sharing your immediate time with?
I live in an area where I have very few physical friends since I have virtually nothing in common with anyone within my immediate geography. I have come to use social media as my "friendship" outlet (and a good one at that) to human contact with people I wish to interact with.
"Real" is a relative term. Each person will (and should) be able to come up with their own definition of it. And that definition may change according to their circumstances. If someone needs security and longevity in a friendship, then they probably won't find it online. Nor should they expect to because these friendship won't be "real" to them.
But for those that live "in the moment," why can't a friendship be fleeting, like someone you'd meet on a bus? To just disgard these potentially exhilarating exchanges is unfortunate ... or just sad. Don't let someone else, or society, determine what a 'real" friend is to you. After all - it's your life.
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Decision making is an an odd duck. It often takes a path of it's own. It tends to build trend in one way ... or another. In other words it spirals. And this spiral is hard to get out of.
These people may have had no intention of of being where are but maybe didn't have strength to get out of the spiral. Maybe just something to - well think about.
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Why does literally every article on a constructive topic have to end with a black or white, zero sum question. It reminds of watching a discussion on CNN where top opposing forces are pitted against each other in a drag out debate ... a debate that gives no insight.
Some big agencies will survive and some small ones will flourish. Regardless of the size, they will have to be nimble and ready to adjust on the fly and take chances.
It's interesting you bring up David Lubars in reference to his big agency experience. You also include Fallon in the same sentence. Fallon, in its breakout period in the late '80s were anything but a big agency. Not only were they small agency, twenty some employees - they acted like a small agency. I worked in the Minneapolis creative community at the time and had numerous dealing with them and their design firm Duffy.
Considering the excellent insight I've read on other pieces you've written, I would have expected a little more here. I would have liked to hear your take on the what it's going to take for an agency to prosper in the upcoming year or two. That would have been an article.
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