We’re in the midst of the transition from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy. To succeed, business will need to give more people the power of independent decision and action, while doing everything possible to assure that those actions are aligned with organizational strategy.
Humility, I’ve learned, doesn’t mean lying as a rug to be trod upon, but being strong and wise and channeling energy to others, the very secret of life and the new areas of social media.
ABOVE: The Humble Administrator’s Garden is one of the prized gardens in Suzhou, China, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was originally completed in 1526 and took 16 years to build. The garden was originally commissioned by Wang Xiancheng and was designed by Wen Zhengming.(Photograph used under Creative Commons license)
For the second straight summer, I’m taking a moment off in my schedule every week to do some free-form writing on spirituality, following 13 ideas preached about by St. Anthony a thousand years ago. This journey is not a religious one, but one where each of the 13 ideas set me off on a journey of exploration and learning to share with whomever comes upon this.
When I complete the writing, a part of my ritual involves meditation and prayerfulness, to get centered for the week ahead and to get some context. I live in New York City, where the sheer energy on the streets is palpable and the challenges are great and this helps me, and I hope it inspires you.
The first stop into my look into humility took me to the Mindtools website, a service that offers career training.
MY TAKEAWAY: Humility is a quiet confidence, without hubris, and those who achieve most do not need to billboard it.
QUOTES “Humility is all about maintaining our pride about who we are, about our achievements, about our worth – but without arrogance – it is the antithesis of hubris, that excessive, arrogant pride which often leads to the derailment of some corporate heroes, as it does with the downfall of the tragic hero in Greek drama. It’s about a quiet confidence without the need for a meretricious selling of our wares. It’s about being content to let others discover the layers of our talents without having to boast about them. It’s a lack of arrogance, not a lack of aggressiveness in the pursuit of achievement.
… the higher people rise, the more they have accomplished, the higher the humility index. Those who achieve the most brag the least, and the more secure they are in themselves, the more humble they are. “True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes”. (Edward Frederick Halifax).
The next stop brought me to the Harvard Business Review Level 5 Leadership: The Triumph of Humility and Fierce Resolve where I learned of the story of Darwin E. Smith, who was named chief executive of Kimberly-Clark in 1971. Two months into his appointment, he was diagnosed with cancer. He took his treatments and over the next 20 years led Kimberly-Clark to becoming a world-class company. (Read more here http://www.selfdiscoveryportal.com/arBoatBurning.htm) His team brought “Huggies” brand diapers into the world and eventually beat Proctor and Gambles “Huggies” to the No. 1 position in the disposable diaper market.
Jim Collins, the author of Built to Last,Good to Great, and How the Mighty Fall, describes the ultimate leader as a Level 5 leader: “an executive in whom genuine personal humility blends with intense professional will.” (Explore some great tools at http://jimcollins.com/tools.html)
Humility in Sports
In the world of sports, an environment where humility is rare, I found Ric Charlesworth, an Australian cricket and field hockey player and a performance consultant as well as a coach, who says:
Humility underpins an attitude that says, “We can get better. There is more to do. We have to improve.” It underpins a disciplined approach to your lifestyle and your training – how you prepare and acquire skills.
Wikihow has assembled a crowdsourced page on how to be humble:
I arrive at this week’s post on #humility as the sixth stop in a 13-week journey, following St. Anthony of Padua who died on June 13, 1231 at age 36. Curious, I attended a memorial mass for St. Anthony’s at the shrine church in New York on the anniversary of his death last summer and again this summer and learned of the 13 Tuesdays devotional and decided to use the practice to structure a summer of spiritual reflection.
I am a life-long journalist and my practice has always involved research. So, each week, I put aside as much time as I can to examine the 13 concepts that St. Anthony spoke of —
This is an explosive and controversial topic for some in mainstream media billed as “THE END OF THE ARTICLE.” Oh my goodness, what are we going to do?
Social Media News covered Jeff Jarvis of CUNY talking about the end of the article at the June 140 Characters Conference in New York and you can see his dynamic presentation as we caught it live
Tonight, Trei Brundress, VP of Product and Technology for SB Nation will talk about how the sports news service redesigned around what they term “StoryStreams” to provide a platform that channels a story continuously and enables the community to contribute from Facebook, the web and from mobile.
The Economist’s Gideon Lichfield will probe the article as the central unit of journalism and ruminate about what the new nucleus of the story might be with real-time reporting and curation and in-depth context.
That is exactly what we are doing at Social Media News NY (http://facebook.com/smnny) Mo Krochmal, who has 16 years of experience in the digital journalism realm, is going all-in on creating community, new workflows and innovative storytelling techniques in real-time on any platform.
Hats off to –Chrys Wu, Jenny & Al, co-organizers of Hacks/Hackers NYC.
#SocialTV Briefing for LA's Social TV Summit on July 20, 2011
What would you wear to the tony Bel Air Country Club in July? Polo shirt, white slacks, loafers? You should, but I’m going with a t shirt, shorts and flip flops — apparel that would surely get me kicked out of this Los Angeles landmark. [Check out the Bel Air dress code here.]
I won’t be there on July 20, starting at 9 a.m. LA Time (streamcast available at http://socialtvsummit.com/watch-live/). I’ll be in front of a computer somewhere or meeting a friend to talk about social media.
But, I will be paying attention and will be providing what coverage I can from a distance.
Hollywood’s elite country club [see the Yelp Review] will host Social TV Summit — which follows June’s grass roots TV Goes Social conference that I helped organize and moderate here in New York City.
The LA conference, an entirely separate event from the New York gathering, is organized by Jack Myers and his team plus Andy Batkin, and is sold out, with sponsors like Facebook, TVPlus, Tunerfish, Clipsync, SnappyTV, TVGuide.com and GrabNetworks. Sponsors were offered 30-minute private presentations to the high level executives that this conference is hoping to attract.
Now, the Good Stuff
To prepare for the Social TV Summit, I have created a backgrounder, giving you the speakers’ social resume, including Twitter handles and, for many, LinkedIn profiles. If you have any corrections, please share in the comments.
[Doing this gets me up to speed, helps me get familiar with the speakers and it lets me do a little evaluating of their social prowess — as demonstrated by their accounts. Yes, I do judge. No excuses, you do too.]
Following is a list of the keynoters and speakers for the Social TV Summit on July 20, 2011, at the Bel Air Country Club in Los Angeles. I have gathered Twitter handles where possible and have opted to be inclusive. Additionally, for some speakers, have links to recent news items, and for others, LinkedIn profiles.
As I went through this, I learned that some of the speakers had shiny new Twitter handles, others were seasoned hands, and some had tried it and fled.
Given time, Facebook and Google Plus would also be good options for listing too. We live in a social world and stand on our platforms.
Ben Silverman, CEO & Founder, Electus - Keynote Speaker
The June TV Goes Social conference in New York was put together by Alan Brody of iBreakfast and attracted about 100 people from all walks of the industry, and the top players in this new field, including, for the first time, almost all of the CEOs of mobile app producers like GetGlue, Miso, and Philo.
You will probably never see this again — all of the titans of the Social TV apps space — from left: John McCrea of Tunerfish, Alex Iskold of GetGlue, Nina Alastruey of theChanner, Sean Casey of SocialGuide, Somrat Niyogi of Miso, and David Levy of Philo. All were gathered for the “There’s an App for That” panel organized by Mo Krochmal and Social Media News NY , Thursday, June 23, 2011 at the TV Goes Social Conference at the Fordham Law School auditorium. (Mo Krochmal photo)
The social TV beat fascinates the journalist/entrepreneur in me and offers such a great reporting opportunity into what might be the most important change in the television industry since antennas sprouted on rooftops across the land.
An image of a microarray looking at sera from a cancer patient. Microarrays are a powerful and relatively new tool for scientists to investigate disease and the genome. Via Molecular & Cellular Proteomics July 2010 vol. 9 no. 7 1449-1460 http://www.mcponline.org/content/9/7/1449/F2.expansion
This week, the fifth installment of 13 Tuesdays looks at zeal. As I started to focus on this on Monday night, I went to Twitter and just said what I was going to do, put it out there, I did, not really expecting an answer in return.
Twitter surprised me, which really isn’t a surprise.
Me again: @RabbiIssamar Of course, but where would frisson of life be, then?
Let’s start by comparing zeal to passion. Now, passion is a great word and a popular one with graduation speakers. I did a Google News search on the string “passion and graduation,” which led me to the Bethwood Patch, which, although not entirely clear on the home page, appears to be in Bethwood, Conn.
There, I found Jaqueline Duhl, a graduating student who wove a tale around getting new shoes, and the 5-minute “passing time” between classes, and learning.
‘There is no one way to connect to and from any wing—we each find the passion and ambition to do so individually. Our zeal lies not in the definitive answer, but in the hope of new questions and better pathways to test.”
But, does the search stop there? I as I browsed through link after link to news stories about passion, I went back to Twitter and searched for passion and, I came to another story that made me stop. In a blog post, Wears the passion? Yes it does rather…
Cameron Neylon, who works for the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council and blogs about technical and social issues involved with ‘Open Research’ and takes on Scott Kern of Johns Hopkins who wrote a post “Where’s the passion” based on a Sunday survey he conducted in a super-modern cancer research facility that was basically empty. Has cancer cured itself, Kern asks? This writing, in the journal Cancer Therapy and Biology apparently kicked up a lot of dust in that branch of research.
But Neylon took out the lens of open research and examined the issue from the point of sharing of scientific research. And, it focused on the sharing of results from microarray research. You may not know about microarrays, but I do. I gave three years of my life in covering this breakthrough scientific tool that is bearing rich fruit in genomic research and helps scientists gain a new insight on disease through the knowledge gained by the sequencing of the human genome and other genomes. Neylon pointed at a paper written by Heather A. Piwowar of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh that concludes:
Microarray data linked to studies of cancer is systematicallylessshared.
"In multivariate regression, authors were most likely to share data if they had prior experience sharing or reusing data, if their study was published in an open access journal or a journal with a relatively strong data sharing policy, or if the study was funded by a large number of NIH grants. Authors of studies on cancer and human" subjects were least likely to make their datasets available."
This neither passion, nor zeal. It’s unacceptable. On that, I feel both passion and zeal.
Some Twitter Conversations
Thank you to @George_Haines who shared his thoughts on zeal: George_Haines George Haines @Krochmal It must be good, because it’s only bad when someone is over-zealous.
And, to Carrie Mason-Draffen @newsgirlie carrie mason-draffen @Krochmal Zeal is a force, it’s enthusiasm.on steroids. But it must be used in right dose for right purpose. #whatiszeal
I arrive at #zeal as the fifth stop in a 13-week journey, followingSt. Anthony of Paduawho died on June 13, 1231 at age 36. Curious, I attended a memorial mass for St. Anthony’s at the shrine church in New York on the anniversary of his death earlier this summer and learned of the 13 Tuesdays devotional and decided to use the practice to structure a summer of spiritual reflection.
belly breathing – allow diaphragm to expand fully causing your belly to push outward
focus on the flow of each breath. You may want to visualize white light representing the flow of your breath. Breathe in for a slow count of three and out for a slow count of three. Don’t get fixated on counting, but let a natural rhythm take place that your body is comfortable with. The idea is not to think, but to let your body’s relaxation mechanisms kick in.
This is because your autonomic nervous system has calmed down, and your brainwaves have shifted from beta (thinking) to more alpha (relaxation), and even to more theta (dream state). And if you fall asleep during meditation, you have shifted your brainwaves to more delta.
I have found that it is more effective to set aside a small amount of time to meditate each day, even if it for five minutes. Five minutes is way better than no time at all. I find that the effects of meditation are cumulative, because the more you meditate, the more your brain creates new neuronal pathways and strengthens these pathways to take you down this internal road to relaxation. Creating these new neuronal pathways and the ability of your brain to strengthen these pathways involves a wonderful function of the brain called neuroplasticity.
Inner Child Meditation
travel back in time in your mind’s eye to “rescue” the Inner Child that you were when you experienced that emotional trauma, whether it was from a psychological or physical experience.
The Adult is a metaphor for the all-knowing and all-powerful part of our psyche that is emotionally mature, and knows that beliefs aren’t always truths. Beliefs have the potential to hinder us, whereas truths, which come from a divine knowing (intuition), always support us in our life’s path.
The Inner Child is a metaphor for the part of our psyche that is innocent, vulnerable, sometimes craves protection, and is guided by the Adult in us. As the Inner Child, we know the simplicity of living as we are and in the present moment with child-like curiosity without doubt or worry. But when the Inner Child experiences separation or suffering through challenges in life, sometimes our minds and bodies are left with residual imprints of an experience perceived as bad. This imprint can manifest in our bodies as mental and physical difficulties ranging from self-doubt, poor self-esteem, anxiety, depression, physical illness and pain.
As I become more relaxed, I let my mind drift to the first experience I can remember as a child. For me, it when I was an infant lying in a crib next to my parents’ bed, and my mother was holding my hand through the rails of the crib as she slept. I consider myself very blessed to have had such an awesome first memory as a child.
Know that whatever your first memory, it is okay, whether you perceive it as bad or good. Now, in your mind’s eye, see yourself as the Adult coming into the room, picking you up, hugging you close, kissing your cheek, and telling yourself that you are loved unconditionally, that you will always protect you and take care of you. Know this is the truth in your heart.
Surrender can be an incredibly empowering experience when you realize that surrender is not about giving permission for bad things to happen to you, but about letting go of resisting the experience so that you can grow through it and find your way back to inner peace.
set the intention that this meditation will allow yourself to cease resistance to “what is” knowing that you are divinely supported in this prayerful intention for growth.
See yourself in front of a large grassy hill, knowing that whatever you are resisting lies in the valley on the other side of the hill. You can visualize what you are resisting however you choose, whether it be a person, people, a situation, or an illness. Your mind’s eye will automatically come up with a symbolic representation of that which you are resisting.
Next see yourself walking up the hill with a large white flag, and as you come to the crest of the hill, wave the flag high in the air as a sign of surrender to whatever you are resisting on the other side of the hill. Allow yourself to see what you are resisting is surrounded by dark clouds, and there is little sunlight in the valley in front of you.
As you reach the top of the hill, glimpse behind you and see that which you are resisting can’t see in the valley behind you – a legion of angels supporting you, ready to fight with you for whatever you need to get through this difficult time. Know in your heart that you are divinely supported in this process, and then close your eyes.
Let yourself be filled with the most peaceful presence you have ever felt in your life. When you open your eyes again, you will see that what you have been resisting in the valley in front of you is gone, and in its place is a sunlit valley with a crystal blue lake surrounded by the most beautiful trees and flowers you have ever seen.
Thoughts on Teaching Google Plus in Journalism Higher Ed Classroom
Feel free to take your cursor and click and drag inside the frame to browse the embedded mind map above and contribute your thoughts. If you don’t use this tool, I would recommend it as a great way to kick start your thinking processes. I like to create a mind map and then export it as an outline to follow.
As Google Plus passes its second week on the range and nears an estimated 20 million users (!), I’m thinking ahead to how I would teach journalism majors about this tool. I’m not in the classroom at present, but if I were, I believe this would be part of my digital journalism curriculum.
I think a hands-on lesson would come in the second week of the semester, maybe the third — if it could wait that long — and, going on the assumption that this is a class for those well along in the major, I believe I would first go through background.
My first day is one of bringing students together through sharing about each other and about the course. That’s how I start to get into the point of social media.
The next few classes review fundamentals and set expectations and start exploring the digital world, first with an exploration of digital identity and digital footprint, and then discovery of the wealth of information out there and how people go about finding it. Always an eye-opener.
I like to get the students thinking in multimedia as quickly as possible with what they have on hand – smart phone, game console, or camera. That’s the start to social sharing.
Social means more than just using Facebook, Twitter and other services, it also means collaboration and team building as well as flattening distance and breaking through the retaining walls of the classroom.
I will assume that most of the students will have Facebook and text regularly with their phones. As a way to learn more about the students and technology, I have them answer an anonymous survey of their technology.
Why Use Google?
Google’s Gmail is an important tool, if only as a “passport” to the extensive menu of free services that Google offers. Some universities now use Gmail to manage their mail systems, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that a university Gmail account gives access to Google services. I advise students that they should at least get an account to reserve their name and as a professional e-mail address rather than any cutesy or less-than-professional addresses they may already use.
Google Plus, to me, seems to be a platform that integrates previous Google products elegantly and offers some new ones. It’s a platform built on top of some of the best-in-class free apps and services available.
Students should know some of the basic characteristics of social media tools – the technical and the evolving ethos of using it. That’s a fun class and an on-going learning process, facilitated by a private online group that I create on Posterous.
I think the fun way into Google Plus would be first the Hangouts tool, the video chat for groups. If the class had webcams available, the students could start by going into groups and learning to use the tool, and then try an out-of-class meeting – with an agenda – and then learn how to record the gathering. I use the ScreencastOmatic browser tool that allows you to record from within a browser.
The next tool to examine would be Google Plus as a publishing tool – learning how to post a multifaceted multimedia story – video, photographs, text, graphics – within the boundaries of the tool.
The next step would be mobile – though there is no iPhone app available yet, GooglePlus can be accessed from mobile browers and on Androids, of course.
The fourth step would be community and learning how to manage the interactions and how to be at your best with the public as a journalist in this medium.
One final step would we cover would be metrics and analytics. What constitutes success using Google Plus? Lots of comments, shares? More friends to put in your circles? How about for a professional journalist? More sources?
What are the problems and the drawbacks of this tool? Certainly, how you divide people into Circles is something you might consider — should it ever be made public. Who goes in what Circle is between you and Google — and whomever has subpoena power.
Let’s recap. Google Plus is a social tool. That means it is about people. Check.
Go out there and get some people involved.
Social Skills. The most important skill is listening. Why not spend a little time reading and observing and noting what people are doing well, and not so well on circles.
Technology – what tools are to your advantage? As a journalist you are about information. Have you set up some sparks to keep you informed?
Privacy – have you examined your settings and feel informed about the decisions you made. A note, it is about social and walls don’t help your success.
Writing — As always, this revolves around good writing. You have more than 140 characters to use. But, be frugal and get to the point.
The issue with Google Plus is the ramp up. I have nearly 4,000 people that I follow after four years of using Twitter and no way to replicate that relationship on Plus. My Twitter connections are hugely valuable to me and require nurturing.
The hashtag convention that has flourished on Twitter is also something that is not replicated on Plus, neither is the ecosystem of applications that have sprung up around Twitter.
I think Google Pages would be an important part of my classroom system, and a tool for enabling students to prepare to enter the 21st Century professional journalism marketplace, an environment where the foundational skills of critical thinking, strong writing, thorough research and in-depth reporting require fearlessness about integrating new technology tools, strong ethical values, and the diplomacy and time need to create and nurture conversations and community online around their beats or areas of concentration.
I want to operate all of my social networks from a central point and I want to share content as appropriate. I want to reach as far as I can and I want to be able to manage and measure my interactions. Can this do all of this? How much time every day will I have to invest in this, considering I am starting all over again? What pieces make the most sense to me and the goals I have set for social media?Is it worth the time? Is this the next big thing?
That looks like an investment of about three classes to get up and running, plus exercises and follow up.
A short video I shot and edited at the Empire State Building on July 1, 2011. Inspired by a scene in the film, “An Affair to Remember,” I went to the top of the building to look for a love story, and I found one. Journalists make their luck, sometimes just by asking questions.
The online dating space is simply exploding with options. Just in New York City, a recent gathering drew over 340 people who were either involved with online dating sites, or were offering services in support.
In this new digital world, it is easier than ever to connect with a large group of people and even move relationships rapidly from the virtual to the real-world realm from the palm of your hand.
But, how do you find love in the forest of the estimated 2,500 online dating sites? Well, people are doing that and one of the most often heard statistics is that, in 2010, one in six US couples had met over the Internet.
On Facebook, I recently asked my friends: Do dating sites teach us anything about love or is it just to hook up? My friends responded.
LISA My cousin met his wife online & my brother met his fiancee on JDate. For whatever that’s worth. So maybe there is something to digital love..
SCOTT Mostly all I know I learned from the movie Groundhog Day. Dating sites attract people on similar vibration levels and bring lessons we need to remember. Spin up and they will come…lol
DELIA Just hookup - for sure. I think what is important is a common bond of friendship, interest, values and from there who knows what may develop…stay in truth and see what happens.
LINDA I know 10 or so couples who met on dating sites. And they’re like married and have kids and that kind of thing.
According to a recent USAToday article, the senior market (55 and older) is the fastest-growing group of subscribers to online dating sites over the past five years, according to Online Dating Magazine, which follows this industry. The market represents 16.7 percent of all traffic to online dating sites today.
In late June, SmartMoney’s Catey Hill looked at online dating for the over-30 set.
Boomers are about 20 percent of the online dating world, and those 50 and older using online dating sites jumped 8 percent from Feb. 2010-Feb. 2011. Sites devoted to this demographic include: SeniorPeopleMeet.com, SilverSingles.com and OurTime.com, SmartMoney says.
Why? The US divorce rate, while declining in the last 20 years, has doubled for those over 50 while Internet use has tripled at the same time. (The average age of divorce is 41 now for women and 43 for men [via PSFK]
The best information here is the insight that many of today’s 50-year-olds may be much more energetic than previous generations and that should be made clear in a profile.
“… one of the common complaints from women in their fifties is that the male members claiming to be of similar age look so much older than their years and have slowed their pace of life significantly. It is therefore important to keep this in mind when completing a profile.”
Perhaps the best way to connect is through spirituality – be it your religious beliefs, your feelings or you approach to living a good life in this world.
I went back to Facebook and found my friend Julie Spira, who is a online dating expert, and asked her for advice:
JULIE “Everyone considers spirituality differently when looking for a partner. You really need to dig deep into your heart and decide what you’re looking for in a partner. Common values go much deeper than enjoying the same activities. The best advice I can give, is that you need to be prepared and ready for love. This starts with loving yourself first.”
Love yourself first. Wise advice
Every Tuesday for the past two summers, I take a look through the web to learn what I can about one of 13 concepts preached by St. Anthony. This is not a religious undertaking, but a journalistic trek inspired by the 13 Tuesdays practice of memorializing St. Anthony, a man who was, at essence, a teacher. The concepts follow. You can click on them to take you to a Twitter search for that particular hashtag.
I am preparing to go to NYU’s hyperlocal journalism gathering on Saturday. I will miss the opening festivities tonight, but tomorrow, I hope to be there ultra early to get a good spot as I attempt to share what I hear and who says it in near to real time. I believe the hard earned $25 I have paid for this, will be money well spent.
BACKGROUND ON ME – I grew up as a journalist in community newspapers in North Carolina, covering sports, from Little League to NASCAR and being held accountable for my reporting every day that I walked the streets of little towns like Wilson and Washington.
I have launched Social Media News NY, a hyperlocal devoted to covering and creating community for the emerging work of social media professionals in New York. This is in its earliest stages and is being bootstrapped from my pocket and with the assistance of friends.
I hope to use some of the “flash” reporting techniques I have been developing – uploading video snippets of a speaker’s best comment in near-to-real time at HD quality, aggregating tweets around a topic, curating the Twitter stream (if no else does) using Storify, perhaps streaming interviews live. It all depends on the setup. Without electric, I’m hosed. Without WiFi, I’m hosed.
What I likely won’t do is live tweet. There will be others doing that, but few will be creating this.
The format will be one post, continuously topped with new content. Newest first, oldest last.
One thing I probably won’t be able to do is live comment and analysis. This will be raw reportage.
I will begin the day by signing in on FourSquare, Gowalla, Facebook and I will likely do a scene setter video from in front of the downtown building. These will share across my social networks. You can count on a getting an interior panorama via Photosynth and shared pictures on PicsPlz.
Twitter List of Speakers
Michele McLellan @ michelemclellan Howard Owens @howardowens Jay Rosen @jayrosen_nyu Jim Schacter @jimschachter Joel Sucherman @JSucherman Carll Tucker @carlltucker Daniel Victor @bydanielvictor Dave Winer @davewiner Mary Ann Giordano @magiorNYT David Dahl @GlobeDavidD Joel Sucherman @ JSucherman Frances Dinkelspiel @Frannydink Deborah gallant @galantdeb Brooke Kroeger @brookekroeger
Pre Conference Reading, as assigned
Parts one and two of Slate’s “Hyperloco” by Jack Shafer and the attendant comment stream: