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Cowbird is a cool storytelling platform

While reading the morning news I discovered Cowbird. It's a well designed functional storytelling community platform. Visit:

As I reviewed a few posts I found this short story which had a great message and a happy ending. What a great start to the day. I'm going to explore Cowbird a little more later.

Insight: "When we are forced to attend to the places where we are most stuck, such as when faced with our anger and fear, we have the perfect opportunity to go to the roots of our attachments. This is why we repeatedly emphasise the need to welcome such experiences, to invite them in, to see them as our path. Normally we may only feel welcoming towards our pleasant experiences, but Buddhist practice asks us to welcome whatever comes up, including the unpleasant and the unwanted, because we understand that only by facing these experiences directly can we become free of their domination. In this way, they no longer dictate who we are." (Ezra Bayda, from 'Beyond Happiness')

#storytelling   #fav   #buddhism   #cowbird  

How I lost everything & how you can too by Fiona Robyn
I stepped onto the train platform and felt for the strap of my handbag. My rucksack was there. The present for my friend Heather was there. My tube ticket was there. Where was my handbag? My handbag…

Words Of Wisdom Are Never Far Away

Lefthand Through The Eyeball
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Wisdom via Wikipedia

Wisdom is a deep understanding and realization of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to apply perceptions, judgements and actions in keeping with this understanding. It often requires control of one’s emotional reactions (the “passions”) so that universal principles, reason and knowledge prevail to determine one’s actions. Wisdom is also the comprehension of what is true coupled with optimum judgement as to action.

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Malapascua Island is more than a diving sensation

Malapascua Island

Barangay Logon (Malapascua), as it’s known locally, is simply stunning, as are the wonderful people who live there. If you’re ever nearby make sure to add it to your list. Here’s some background reading from Wikipedia:

Of all the places I’ve ever worked as a diving instructor, this one is right up there, and for so many reasons; the people and their smiles, the unspoilt diving, the sharks; the caves; the shipwrecks; the simplicity; the tranquillity.  This post is an on-going curation that hopefully helps promote the beauty of the island that we made home for almost a year.  The clips below are embedded using Storify, if you’ve not tried the platform, it’s really worth exploring.

As time permits I’ll update this post with how we happened to find ourselves here, what we did during our 9 month stay and how things have changed since we left. Continue Reading

From People Centric To API Centric

The discipline of marketing is shifting from people-centric to API-centric activities.

Here’s a few extracts I found interesting:

This isn’t just a single role – the entire marketing team is being disrupted. Rather than a VP of #Marketing with a bunch of non-technical marketers reporting to them, instead growth #hackers are engineers leading teams of engineers. The process of integrating and optimizing your product to a big platform requires a blurring of lines between marketing, product, and engineering, so that they work together to make the product market itself.

Before this era, the discipline of marketing relied on the only communication channels that could reach 10s of millions of people – newspaper, TV, conferences, and channels like retail stores. To talk to these communication channels, you used people – advertising agencies, #PR, keynote speeches, and business development. Today, the traditional communication channels are fragmented and passe. The fastest way to spread your product is by distributing it on a platform using APIs, not MBAs. Business development is now API-centric, not people-centric.

For the first time ever, superplatforms like #Facebook and #Apple uniquely provide access to 10s of millions of customers The discipline of marketing is shifting from people-centric to API-centric activities Growth hackers embody the hybrid between marketer and coder needed to thrive in the age of platforms.

Thanks to +Alex Schleber for surfacing this gem. cc/ +Tom Hampson +David Pidsley

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Growth Hacker is the new VP Marketing | Andrew Chen (@andrewchen)
YouTube didn’t need ads to spread itself – instead it used embeds. Ad via Laughing Squid The rise of the Growth Hacker The new job title of Growth

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Exponential Function

Chichicastenango Market, Guatemala
szeke / People Photos / CC BY

This is a post that will take up your time, in total maybe an hour or two.  In case you are just way to busy to dedicate that amount of time – here is the bottom line: if population continues to grow (at any % rate), and consumption does not decline, resources will not exist to support us.

The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function. ~ Prof. A. Bartlett

A 7% growth rate doubles the original number over a ten year period – fact < the exponential function in action… Continue Reading

Want to make a better game? Read this

Hat-tip Mr. B +Simon Bostock cc/ +Daniel Durrant +Alex Gagnon
Update: Btw, I like the new clean and simple site :)
#gamification #verbs #learning

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Hypergogue – We need more verbs!
Interactions — on any platform — are about verbs. We. Need. More. Verbs. If we're going to have better interactions.

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Storify: A Next Generation Storytelling Platform

Registered today for a beta invitation – take a look at the promo video 

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Welcome to the alpha preview of Storify, a next-generation storytelling platform that lets you build stories from social media.

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New technology may change behavior, but behavior can change or determine the path of technology.

In some ways it disturbs me to think social technology could actually be responsible for a decline in social behaviour… kind of a throw-away, junk food packaging effect… not only is there abundance in terms of information available online, but add an abundance of people to the equation and it is possible to imagine that we could become less able to build, manage and maintain meaningful virtual relationships.

“Thus the shelf life of social relationships is inversely proportional to a) Depth of engagement  b) Type of platform and c) One got what one needed.”

The Four Semi-Truths of Social Media

Semi-truth #1: Our infatuation with the next, new, shiny, thing in social media depreciates as soon as we realize that it’s just another engagement, aggregator, application, thingy requiring more time, increased effort, permission to access, another profile creation etc., etc. and yet at the end of the day, delivers not much more than all the others. It’s like Danny’s boat.

Semi-truth #2: The majority of social media applications can indeed be nebulous and though they may have the best of intentions with a cool interface-at the end of the day, they remain nebulous at best with a typical “make money via advertising” as it’s business model, and a primary marketing approach that is dependent on social “coolness” and going viral. Great news! Whether you use social media or not is not going to determine your success in business.

Semi-truth #3: What happened to MySpace can happen to any social network. At any point in time, if something better comes along, or if people just get bored with what you are offering, they will leave, and there is really nothing you can do to prevent that, even if it “ain’t broke.”

Semi-truth #4: Similar to the the shelf life of social networks,  some relationships in social media, though timeless, can be generally shallow and only last as long as both continue to use the application that bridged the engagement in the first place. If one departs, in general the surface like relationship ends. Thus the shelf life of social relationships is inversely proportional to a) Depth of engagement  b) Type of platform and c) One got what one needed.

Isn’t it interesting how shelf life, obsolescence, depreciation and nebulous can be so closely linked and aligned to the world of social media? It’s partly what makes social media great on the one hand, and so maddening on the other. It moves at the speed of sound and yet it’s innate fickleness is determined primarily by it’s  makers and it’s users and not much else. Yes new technology may change behavior, but behavior can change or determine the path of technology.


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