- Producer20/04/2017Exploring the Tragedy of Intellectual LazinessHave you ever wondered what really causes war, economic crises and other ills that cause societies to collapse? While there may be many triggers to such disastrous circumstances, if you dig deeply enough, you will find that widespread...
Comments20/04/2017 #36 Donna Wood"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them." ~ Mark Twain. In the dark ages, peasants were not allowed the privilege of learning to read. In early America, it was a crime to teach a slave to read, and a crime for a slave to have the ability to read. In religious history, the followers were made dependent on the priests, pharisees and sadducees to know what the scrolls said, because they could not read. Ignorance has historically been the 'go-to' method of controlling the masses. Today we are graduating the functionally illiterate from high school. Cursive writing is on its way out of elementary education. Videos are taking the place of books. It is a dangerous thing to be unable to read. Reading is the foundation of critical thinking. If you cannot read, you cannot solve the story problem or equation in mathematics, you don't understand the fundamentals of science. You only know the handle of a broom or shovel.20/04/2017 #35 Phil Friedman#33 Yes, Kevin, that is the point. I've only known one self-ascribed "guru" who I felt used the title with some measure of legitimacy. Some years ago, a very experienced fiberglass production guy dubbed himself "The Fiberglass Guru" and launched a website on which he not only promoted himself and the industrial services he provided, but also -- and this is most important -- answered all manner of questions from readers concerning reinforced plastic laminates. The self-ascribed title was not as presumptuous as such often are because he stood ready to offer a pile of free advice and to back his opinions up with detailed explanations and instructions, also for free. It was also at a time when the use of the title could be seen as a tongue-in-cheek marketing affectation. Cheers!20/04/2017 #33 Kevin Pashuk#31 I agree Phil. There's a world of difference when the words 'self-proclaimed' is put in front of 'expert' or 'guru'.
I'm more than a little suspect when someone claims to be an expert in anything. Those who have achieved mastery of a skill, or knowledge don't need to brag... it is evident just by watching their actions, or listening to them speak.20/04/2017 #32 Renée 🐝 Cormier#31 Yes. That is just one more reason why knowledge is power. It really does make me sad to see people put so much faith in the expertise of others. Even well educated and knowledgeable people with good intentions are fallible. It is up to us to not be sheep and figure out the difference between the wolves and the dogs.20/04/2017 #31 Phil Friedman@Renée 🐝 Cormier, this is a great piece, chock full of street smarts. I'd like to add one example to your list of tools for communications manipulators: self-ascribed "expert" or "guru" status. In the hands of such manipulators, these labels are intended to signal to the intellectually lazy that the manipulator's message should be accepted at face value, without question because the expert or guru knows so much more than the reader. The most common warning flag is that, when you question one of these people, the response is never a reasoned or detailed explanation, but always an admonishment simply to trust him or her, for he or she knows the truth. Cheers!20/04/2017 #25 Don 🐝 Kerr@Renée 🐝 Cormier IMHO this is your best piece yet on beBee. You capture many salient points and I would only add that given our natural attention span is now less than that of a goldfish the climate is ripe for the exploitation of the intellectually lazy. In my book I harp on to people about the need too self advocate. This requires active exercise of the brain and maintaining a profoundly curious nature. Very well done my friend. Will share.20/04/2017 #22 Kevin PashukThis would be a great coffee shop conversation Renée.
I would add one more category thanks to an article about Hans Rosling (http://blogs.canoe.com/parker/news/hans-rosling-death-of-a-giant-and-a-damn-fine-man/ View moreThis would be a great coffee shop conversation Renée.
I would add one more category thanks to an article about Hans Rosling (http://blogs.canoe.com/parker/news/hans-rosling-death-of-a-giant-and-a-damn-fine-man/)
Beyond intellectual laziness, there is a more insidious and destructive symptom defined as 'willful ignorance', as in 'Don't confuse me with the facts.'
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- Producer28/03/2017Cartoonize yourselfI agree with stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador. Using a cartoonized picture on your resume, is strongly, NOT RECOMMENDED ! or at your own risks! This is dedicated to stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador, you are a breath of...
Comments29/03/2017 #7 Sandra 🐝 SmithThese are great, very funny :D :) I was told by Guy Kawasaki - social media master - that you should always use the same pic across profiles, so people recognised you on different platforms. However, I've decided to experiment using different pictures for each platform - ones I feel suit the tone of the site better - so I've gone b&w for beBee because there are more 'arty' types on here - or something! :D lol, happy wednesday, bees!28/03/2017 #3 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand AmbassadorNow regarding the use of cartoonize.net. do you remember fotonovelas in periodicos ? haha, why don't the communication team use it to make some little stories regarding beBees facts and use it for promotion purpose on social media with the recently adopted mytweetpack from Paul aka Pablo.... use it to sent tweets to journalists, they love good stories and cartoon illustrations. A trick :use hashtag #PRrequest ( it will automatically retweeted to Press releases subscribed by journalists on twitter...the odds that it would be amplified are x 300 (the rate/usual performance , not the tweet PRrquest subscribers are around 17K+/-...not bad huh ?)@Javier 🐝 beBee + who is in charge of marketing globally ?28/03/2017 #2 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand AmbassadorDon't buy marketo or hubspot, i have the opensource alternative, iam currently implementing to conduct multi-platforms, One to one, personae, account(s) based marketing campaign...limitations of targets or users.....lol: NONE! You will need more server RAM and a load balancer to manage simultaneous triggers if you are over 60 000 requests per seconds. (Yes, i am very technical..i know).28/03/2017 #1 stephan metral 🐝 Innovative Brand Ambassador@Javier 🐝 beBee you know what ? 2 important things in life: Honey & Roooooock'n'Roll !
Promise, next post of TRY it ! BeBee Fun Tricks will be about animating easily (with a tool) your cartoonized picture ! Raaaaaahhhhhh.....if we don't make it fun for users and effective for professionals, what is the point to be MAU 45% way over LinkedIn. Come on, we can do MAU 65%. I was thinking about an article on Postcasts server and...next level mybeBeeTV webserver" Paul aka Pablo gave Mytweetpack to the team...can i make 2 suggestions that teams can work with ? (BTW, thank from banning illegal exe streaming video spammers..dangerous they kill beez...yes they do !).
The more tools free oriented (fremium) the more users enjoying experience on beBee.
- 18/03/2017Tips for LinkedIn Group Managers: 8 Keys to Getting Group Engagement Going https://www.bebee.com/@anne-thornley-brown
- Producer19/02/2017Thanks for the share, Javier!Thanks for the share, Javier 🐝 beBee, you're the best. It’s Saturday, and instead of playing with the kids, taking his wife out, putting his feet up or going out with friends, Javier is being a very busy little bee, typing away. Not just...
Comments19/02/2017 #9 David B. GrinbergYou hit the proverbial nail on the head, Aleta. @Javier 🐝 beBee sets a very high bar for social engagement from a CEO of any type. He is indeed a role model for the rest of us and for all social media CEOs, most of whom never directly engage on a personal level with users of their own platforms. So thank you JAVIER for your leadership and all around exemplary efforts. We are trying to follow in your footsteps, however, they are very big shoes to fill. Thus, thanks for all you do! 👏👏✌️️😇🙏19/02/2017 #7 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeIf we thank @Javier 🐝 beBee for every considerate sharing he makes we then shall end up with a heap of acknowledgements. I say this from my own experience. To have Javier engaged in so many sharing activities and commenting as well is a genuine indicator of his engagement on beBee.19/02/2017 #6 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.a man with a mission thank you @Javier 🐝 beBee
- Producer19/02/2017Censorship: To Cut Or Not to Cut, That Is the QuestionWHEN THE LANGUAGE OR THE DISCUSSION GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH KEEP GOING ... OR DO THEY?Preface: This marks the 24th installment of the ongoing verbal contretemps between Jim Murray and me. Here we've tackled a serious and complicated topic that should...
Comments04/04/2017 #117 Donna-Luisa Eversleybtw @Phil Friedman when you have a moment please check out and share your thoughts on this https://blog.markgrowth.com/understanding-blogging-social-media-ec52fc944079
Question.. can I share this to your business hive?04/04/2017 #116 Donna-Luisa Eversley#115 Consider it a good day then. It is far better to be criticized than to be plagued with an imitation of truth. Happy is the man who one is willing to show himself, for he is the holder of the honor of truth.
One of my truisms I developed as I learn to appreciate the reality when it is shared.
You are richer today than yesterday. 😊@Phil Friedman04/04/2017 #115 Phil Friedman#114 Thank you ever so much, @Donna-Luisa Eversley, for the very kind words. They are especially welcome in view of the fact that I've been just recently criticized by a couple of Honey Bees who finally came out from behind their veil of phony sweetness and love for all. My best to you.04/04/2017 #114 Donna-Luisa Eversley@Phil Friedman when words are inadequate, thank you very much is easiest.
You don't suffer fanciful musings unless they are real and true to your beliefs. Thank you very much for being a great blogging mentor and guide. I have been able to improve my writing and communication skills from studying the work published by yourself and @Jim Murray . You guys also help to keep me sharp and filled with laughter. It has been a difficult time for me even with the sun I insist on finding daily, but we must never allow the light to hide what is true and real. :-)03/04/2017 #113 Phil Friedman#108 Neil, thanks for reading and commenting. You say that well-meaning people can, "somehow end up supporting people who want to publish the plans for a bomb or the recipe for nerve gas on Facebook." No, they can't if they have any brains. Speech which ends in or encourages actions that harm others is not protected under the concept of free expression. Not to my mind, nor to that of any thinking person. Just a racial, ethnic, and religious based hate is not. The line is hard to draw, I admit. But the extreme cases are easy enough to spot. Cheers!03/04/2017 #112 Phil Friedman#111 @Donna-Luisa Eversley, I never use the term "Dear" in addressing people on social media, for I have always felt it to be somewhat affected. But I am moved here to say, "Dearest D-L" for your comments here are of such value and exhibit such a degree of insight. Summed up by, "I also can appreciate more the people I thought were very negative and unkind in a different light, as the glare from the positive rays can mask reality. We must seek to live in truth."
I believe that we've grown together over the past year on beBee. Me toward more tolerance of those who don't understand me or my writing, and you toward more understanding of those who do. And I am touched by your loyalty and courage in speaking your mind these days. Your thoughts are both welcome and intellectually gratifying. Cheers!03/04/2017 #111 Donna-Luisa EversleyPart 3 - @Phil Friedman and @Jim Murray Censorship and freedom of speech will always be a hot topic. I've come to appreciate the need to speak freely without having to self censor, and I've also learnt that one size does not fit all words. Thus, I cannot publish my writings all in one place if I am serious about growing a following. I must spread based on 'fit' and on my own personal site everything will be shared. I also can appreciate more the people I thought were very negative and unkind in a different light, as the glare from the positive rays can mask reality. We must seek to live in truth.
My apologies for the length of this feedback. The discussion was quite provocative :-)03/04/2017 #110 Donna-Luisa EversleyPart 2 - @Phil Friedman and @Jim Murray I've been the guinea pig to understand why people gravitate to one site over the other, and the real appreciation for freedom of speech, which I think is really about 'freedom of discussion'. The two are different and I think social media is to blame to the mix up in understanding. Everyone shares, but not everyone reads what they share. To feel you must read. When someone moves to try a platform the culture presented has to be one they are comfortable with. Some folks need positive, nice, good engagement, with any negatives covered in cheesecake. Some folks need to be hit with both the bad and the good and an opportunity to discuss with freedom of speech - expressing in the best way they can. Then some folks need the challenge of a debate of passions and truth. Others, don't care one way or another, they are just cruising and that's fine. I have learnt a lot about myself and grown from this experience. (Seems its 3 parts)03/04/2017 #109 Donna-Luisa EversleyGreat discussion @Phil Friedman and @Jim Murray. In my opinion social media platforms seem to have their own culture of inhabitants. Some are more conservative than others and some have a following which is both provoking and provocative. Let me share experiences as an example. I've written on several sites and though I may prefer to publish on one because of the nice cushy engagement, I sometimes wonder about the authenticity of the emotions I evoke and their realness. I have found there is a site I absolutely love reading and commenting on because the culture there is vastly different. The writings are controversial, and one is expected to express true feelings - thus I'm having a field day with satire and most topics I'm interested in reading. Then there is a closed writers group I was invited to, and those folks shred every post published to bits. The folks there are sharp, opinionated and its disruptive, and its a serious mine -field were you have to be good about delivering your point, or at least passionate enough to take a bullet. Then there is the platform which is neutral, they have a hodgepodge of everything, with a throwaway culture of superficial professionalism - I don't publish there anymore and only visit to check my friends and do sporadic reading and support. I sometimes use that highway with my posts also. (2 parts)03/04/2017 #108 Neil SmithThanks for the interesting and topical chat guys. It is certainly a hard balancing act for a lot of people. These days there seem to be a lot of calls for things and people to be banned by those who believe that their own desire not to be personally offended trumps the right to free expression. This is hard to agree with but the problem is that someone can start out in favour of non-censorship and the right to espouse unpopular views and somehow end up supporting people who want to publish the plans for a bomb or the recipe for nerve gas on Facebook. When there is a conversation going on this can be resolved in a messily human way by consensus and compromise. In the current climate however lots of factions are setting out intractable positions from the get go and refusing to budge an inch. So does the decision go to whoever shouts the loudest?20/02/2017 #106 Phil Friedman#105 Good to hear from you, Larry. You ask, I think, a couple of excellent questions. So let me answer: 1) Where the explicit mission of a social network is to create a "community" of users, I'd agree that, within the boundaries of the community standards for acceptable forms of expression, every community member's comments should be protected against removal. 2) Censorship is, in the strict sense of the word, prior restraint, either by active prohibition or by threat of sanction in the event of publication. Under which strict definition, removal or comments or posts by community officials would not, I think, be censorship, but as you say enforcement of community rules. Which is why I've repeated referred to an explicit statement of guidelines for removal or deletion. (The guidelines should be for the sanction because it is easier to define what is not acceptable than what is.)
Notwithstanding that, however, I think we have to admit that the stated missions of most social media are not to create a "community", but something else, often a "platform" for self-publishing, personal-brand building, business and professional networking, job hunting, recruiting, and so on. So any inferences about what should be, cannot be drawn from accepted premises about a social community. IMO. Thank you for reading and joining the conversation.20/02/2017 #105 Larry Boyer, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorExcellent point @Phil Friedman and @Jim Murray and I agree on the points of censorship. However let me throw out another view where a social network is about creating a community of users. From a perspective of a community, as opposed to publishing platform, does user behavior and the removal of a user or their comment take different perspective? Could a user have every right to make a statement welcome in the community? If you have a state community value of respect and a user is not respectful are you censoring or simply creating a community where respect is valued by all and if not they are simply not part of the community? The results may be similar but the reason is different.19/02/2017 #100 Antoinette Capasso-Backdahl#97 At least you admit we have a border.
I compare our laws with other countries and we are EXTREMELY flexible. So flexible everyone seems to pick and choose which ones to follow.
I am not one that picks on people whose legal status fluctuates because I know the complexities of immigration. The wall wont stop people coming here either or those that get paid to bring them. People whose status is in question are exploited and targeted for crime by their own people. They often cannot get home because they don't have a home or their home is over seas, not across a border... etc...
Change is inevitable... hoping for the best possible outcome as always. Agitating people does not help and neither does masking reality.
- Producer19/02/2017HOW YOUR METHODS OF NETWORKING ON LINKEDIN ARE PUSHING YOUR CONNECTIONS FURTHER AWAY FROM YOU (AND HOW TO TURN THIS AROUND)More specifically in the last year and a half, I have noticed some shifts, or perhaps more appropriately, some “major imbalances” occurring on LinkedIn, and I feel that many people are still using some networking strategies that are not only no...
Comments19/02/2017 #1 Jerry FletcherScott,
My clients echo your comments regularly. It all comes down to how people think about networking. Those that approach it from a relational perspective react with horror at the spamming that goes on, which (in my opinion) comes from people that think networking is transactional and can't understand why you object to their approach. Those who really want to connect pay it forward with no expectations of tit for tat rewards.
- Producer17/02/2017Why Censorship and Content Moderation Are Essential For Effective Social Media(Note: Since this is a controversial topic, I'd appreciate it, if you want to comment, that you read the entire article before you put in your 2 cents.This appeared originally on my website for small business and stresses the importance of staying...
Comments21/02/2017 #25 Nicole ChardenetThe trolls and abusers have been asking for censorship for years now. While I support extremely unpopular views (mine or others'), I don't support out-and-out abuse like what we've seen on Twitter (I haven't seen it on beBee so far but I don't monitor all ten million+ users). Many mass media comment sections have been eliminated just because it's impossible to keep up with all the abusive and violation of the rules posts.
The ones screaming about it the most are the ones generally most in violation of the rules.
I for one am not losing sleep over Milos Y's lifelong ban from Twitter. He wasn't a thoughtful commentator, he is a bile-filled ragebaby whose only purpose is to make other peoples' lives miserable for no good reason. Fortunately, he seems to have jumped the shark this week with his comments appearing to support pedo- and paraphilia. Lost his book deal and several engagements and the good news for him is that he has something new to tantrum about.
In this day of fake news and idiots easily led by ridiculous stories about Hillary Clinton promoting pedophile pizza rings, it's time to have a new debate on censorship. When some moron walks into a pizza shop with a gun looking for perverts, it's time for censorship.18/02/2017 #16 Rob McNaughton@ Aleta Curry - no, perhaps not more generous. 'Out' means out of the platform and barred permanently - brooking no argument. I perhaps would put one error down to linguistic differences and colloquialisms (yes, I have been caught that way myself) especially between English speakers as a native language and those who have English as a second language. (So through the use of a common and harmless local colloquialism I lost a very good contact/colleague). After the first well ....18/02/2017 #9 Aleta Curry#7 Not from me. I don't even allow it on my social media threads. You abuse or swear at people, the post is removed. A couple of times I've been accused of simply not liking what the person had to say, but I trust that anyone who knows me knows that that's nonsense.
I'm not even averse to the milder swear words. You write 'life's a bitch', I don't care. You write 'you're a bitch', post is summarily deleted.
If people use really bad words (but not directly at any of the other kidlets) I'll privately ask them to rephrase.
- Producer15/02/2017Piers Morgan is right, but that’s not the point. No, Seriously.Photo: Via Wikipedia. License ‘cc-by-sa-2.0’ I find myself having to agree with Piers Morgan. I need chocolate. Badly. (That’s an ‘in’ joke. Some of you will get it later.) The thing is that Morgan is right about a lot of things....
- Producer10/02/2017The Day the Internet Lost its ImaginationThe image from fakeposters.com does not capture the moment that the Internet lost its imagination. That moment actually occurred within the first ten years of its arrival and no sooner as we had entered the new millennium the hope its founding...
Comments10/02/2017 #6 Brian McKenzie"Facebook" is also built on military technology - and you should look closely to their direct and published ties to NSA. Their interface does nothing more than put Cat memes and Girl Pics on software that the Military Intelligence used across the late 80's and early 90's known as 'Crime - Link' and 'LinkSys' - which gave a web like graphic note reference for organized crime and suspected spies - the info on your Facebook page, combined with your other social media footprints, is a spook's wet dream. Clueless, wandering, easily conditioned, unthinking, over-consuming under-living digitally connected consumers - aka Sheeple.10/02/2017 #4 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#2 What a great buzz this is dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. On a personal level, I enjoyed the synchronicity of my shared buzz tonight on bright hopes and your buzz. No question I agree with you 100% and if not then I shall be contradicting my own words.
I loved the way you highlighted imagination and the internet and the very "bright" summary of the history of the internet and two of its great founders.
Your writing "So the net result is that the chief blockage to revitalizing imagination on the Internet is ordinary people". This is an outstanding challenge for people to agree with you, but I again agree. The hope isn't in the hands of billionaires trying to multiply their wealth; more it is in the hands of ordinary people. Shared very proudly.10/02/2017 #2 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#1 Dear @debasish majumder the wisest thing I learned to do is pour my heart out, look at it and then eat it again to see what it really tastes like and the resulting digestion is a value called learning. We are virtually programmed to share but you may notice something that Debasish that this is not called a sharing heart, but a sharing economy. It is people like me that represent the hope that Tim Berners-Lee had in providing his discovery http://webfoundation.org/about/vision/history-of-the-web/
For sure the web has its place as the world's greatest shopping cart and selling tool but that is what separates joy from ploy. Remember the word PLOY is a part of the word EMPLOY.
If what I say brings energy into the heart of a man who knows joy then we do not have to contemplate the dimming of hope but the brightness of joy. The joy of learning in my heart will remain greater than the ploy of hope. Earn joy in the employ of hope.
So if a man wants to sell, then he makes a 100 cold calls to get 1 warm sale.
Then compare this with hope, he has 10000 hopes to get 1 moment of joy
Now my dear friend @Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee must surely agree with me in absolute 100% agreement that hope is 100 times harder than selling !!!
Comments02/02/2017 #29 Anonymous#27 Thank you very much dear @Praveen Raj Gullepalli! That's all I have to say, as you so eloquently put it. I presented my thoughts and dilemmas about effective communication on social media within my articles and in numerous discussions here, but also on the other social media.. Cheers and more cheers to you too!02/02/2017 #27 Praveen Raj GullepalliAll said and done dear Milos, you do genuinely love connecting with folks! You deserve that accolade. Personally I would say you have been the most misunderstood bee (folks have mistaken your passing statements for gospel truth and new religion, without understanding the conversations afore-spoken and not bothering to look deeper into the relationships and affinities built already; You stood alone even when no dear voice was raised to defend your words (except maybe a couple feeble ones); I have also seen you bullied at times but you do put up with a lot here on beBee and forgivingly so...and continue to win hearts and stay true to our spirit of affinity ;) Cheers and more cheers to you!02/02/2017 #22 Mamen 🐝 DelgadoMy dear @Milos Djukic, you really ARE one of the Best Networkers I've ever met. Your fractal mind and soul are two wonderful trampolines to "spread" yourself beyond the tangible.
This award is absolutely deserved. Congrats for it!! Such a pleasure we have found each other... 💫✨💫02/02/2017 #18 David B. Grinberg#16 Thanks for the "shout out" Milos and thanks for all YOU do!
You've always been extremely helpful, gracious and kind in all of your social media interactions with me over many years. You are indeed a scholar and a gentlemen (literally and figuratively). You will always be a VIP with me!02/02/2017 #13 Anonymous#11 Thanks @Jim Murray, my friend. This is the gratitude from a good man. Each c-butterfly deserves gratitude from others. All of you are best networkers. If LinkedIn network does not care about us, maybe we could care a little more. The same personal award from Richard have also received on LI @Laurent Boscherini, @David B. Grinberg and also some other people and rightly so. That's what It's all about or fractals forever.
- Producer30/01/2017The Reality of Virtual RelationshipsWhy are some online relationships so SPECIAL? Many of us feel that something is different about beBee. Some of us notice a shift in the world at large. I'd like to hypothesize that the internet has brought us to a new evolution of...
Comments09/02/2017 #29 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#27 Perfect quote, @Chas ✌️ Wyatt. It captures some of what I conveyed in comments on @Joel Anderson's series of posts about footprints and lines.
This is a both/and situation.
Fresh perspectives, clean slates, starting from scratch, not being attached to things are all occasionally preferred.
Other scenarios require an established path, a line that we will not cross, the tracks of a life well-lived.
It is all part of the duality of life. Just like in-person or virtual relationships.
We now have the technology for it to be a dynamic, joy-promoting Both/And depending on circumstances.09/02/2017 #28 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#26 I was so touched by your comment, @🐝 Fatima G. Williams, that I just kept rereading it. A worthy response was eluding me until now.
We may have lost the comfort of belonging to a village, but we cannot discount the soul enlivening effect of finding the perfect virtual village.09/02/2017 #27 Chas ✌️ Wyatt"It is a pleasant feeling to be the first to walk on sands which the tide has just left. It is like being the first to visit a new land. It produces a freshness of sensation something akin to that of early morning, or of spring. It is like entering upon a new stage of life, having a new world before us from which to receive, and upon which to make impressions." ~Henry James Slack (1818–1896), "The Ministry of the Beautiful", "Conversation II: Footsteps on the Sand," 1850.08/02/2017 #26 🐝 Fatima G. Williams@Deb 🐝 Helfrich Having had the opportunity to have a personal chat with you I know I'm blessed beyond words can describe for having met you.
The way I describe my relationship with you is as below
"The energy I collectively feel is unique. It feeds my soul in a new, exciting, and fulfilling ways. It satisfies my heart with a feeling of a content conversation"
Fulfilment and satisfaction of talking to someone. I haven't had that in a very long time. As real friends tend to drift away seemingly concerned about their social status. People like me who is no longer worried who got the lastest car or designer clothes tend to drift away in search of meaning and true relationships.
As I mentioned in my Why I love beBee buzz. I found beBee and it replaced the human connection I needed at that time. Is there any better way for me to explain how I feel about being here and knowing you all. Thank you.Stay blessed.31/01/2017 #23 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#13 I truly value your comment, Sara. There is definitely some discussion needed here to understand how it is that we have, in some cases, these really vibrant relationships happening in tiny 2-D comment boxes. We are still in the rather early stages of getting to know each other, but if life where to occur and we became neighbors, I suspect that our concepts of each other would just blossom with all the new sensory information and 'time' to learn about how we participate in daily life.
I just cannot get around the fact that the Sara I imagine talking/typing to is in my own head. It will be coming up on a year that we've been in an orbit of friendship and the amount of data points we have both directly and via numerous other people is a rather immense set of information. But I am still creating a version of you that exists in my own mind.
We've been doing this since kids with books. I can vibrantly describe most of the books I have read in terms of a full bodily existence, even though so many of these sensory details are likely my own construct. So I don't really see it as transcending bodies exactly, just setting aside some of the realities.
For instance, I find it jolting sometimes when one of the Australians mentions how hot it is, when it is winter in Seattle. Other times, most likely when they have mentioned place, the heat is a given.
What is similar between interacting with imagination when reading books and interacting with reality when conversing on social media is that many parts of the background and environment are filled by my own local senses. While what is different is that you can answer in your own unique and completely different words. It can be a new sense in a very practical way, while also being extraordinarily magical and spiritual.31/01/2017 #21 Sara Jacobovici#17 Your generous (and flattering) invitation is too good to pass up. It will be my pleasure to take part in the dynamic meeting organized by you two ladies @Cyndi wilkins. I sent Deb a PM that although I can not commit to the first meeting, I will keep my "eyes and ears open" to future opportunities.31/01/2017 #18 Renée 🐝 CormierI have to say, I have met some truly wonderful people on beBee. In my opinion, beBee is the only social media platform that really makes it easy to develop friendships with other members. A world where people seek out commonalities and community will always be more loving and peaceful than a world focused on separation and differences. This microcosm called beBee is a good place. It's god to communicate with kind-hearted people like you, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich.31/01/2017 #17 Cyndi wilkins#15 Perhaps the "Time" is right to take a small step beyond the boundaries of the "Read" and dip your toe in a little....Sounds like we have a couple of discussions emerging here that would present the perfect opportunities for us all to finally meet...face to face and ear to ear:-) @Deb 🐝 Helfrich and I would be honored if you would consider lending us an ear and better yet your input on some up and coming discussions we will be hosting. The first of the series will begin this Saturday, Feb. 4th via Skype. Check out the above link for details...We would love to "See" you all there!31/01/2017 #16 Mohammed Sultan@Deb 🐝 Helfrich.Your ideas are hitting our imagination as the sea waves are always hitting the shore of the pacific.I find such group discussions are quite natural ,since they convey the emotions,feelings and thoughts which shape people's personal brands on beBee.Thank you Deb.31/01/2017 #13 Sara JacoboviciDear @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, I am slowly allowing myself to land from your piece as I attempt to form the words I need to communicate with you. (Deep breath.) First, let me thank you for the mention and for being in any way connected to your writing. I feel privileged to have witnessed the process you described, intellectually and artistically, of your SM self-discovery here on beBee. My "sense" of you is that you are an exceptional human being, with your heart in the right place, and your mind "a right place". And speaking of places....you write: when we "look past their body and 24/7 personality and our own typical human senses and we communicate directly with someone else as pure consciousness that actually lives inside of our own mind." From my perspective, this reflects you are in a different place than me. I am still where you write in the "full, physical, proximal, flawed" sensory, complicated body. If I had to place myself, I would be, not in the new sense you describe but "pivoting" on my older senses. I have never been good at transcending the physical. I am still navigating the integration of the physical, psychological and spiritual. My experiences of SM is still connected to the meanings I have formed from my sensory experiences. I am very "conscious" of being open to expanding my experiences and awareness but that is an expansion of my existing boundaries. I have yet to navigate outside those boundaries. You, Deb, have truly broken through and have reached beyond. All the power to you!
- 29/01/2017It is not just about having a lot of Twitter followers or speaking to crowds, it is about being so good at what you do that other people want to learn from you3 Ways Building Your Personal Brand Boosts Your Careerwww.entrepreneur.com Put yourself out there. It's the only way to achieve your...
- Producer28/01/2017A George Jetson Moment: With Deb HelfrichAfter putting my life on hold for a bit and tending to family matters, my engine has been sputtering for a little while as I've been trying to get back on track. Sometimes we all just need a good "boot in the ass" my father would say...if he were...
Comments11/02/2017 #17 Cyndi wilkinsAbsolutely trie @Savvy Raj...Collaboration feeds the soul...I am reminded of your beautiful post as it is..."A gathering of the like-minded...A deeper consciousness...Artists who can create unhindered."
And it is true that @Deb 🐝 Helfrich embodies that deeper awareness of her "soul-self" in ways that feed others within the flock...It is no coincidence that she managed to ignite my creative fire again...It's what she does...Lighting candles in the dark;-)
Your generous offer of help is much appreciated...We are connected now so I will keep you posted;-)
Cyndi11/02/2017 #16 Savvy RajIn the strength of collaboration amazing are bounties that spring up in these interconnects .. Great blog @Cyndi wilkins and can actually sense such a heartfelt connect as well with @Deb 🐝 Helfrich who endears as much as she empowers with the strength of her soul. Your ideas are interesting . Let me know if you feel I could be of help in any way as well .01/02/2017 #15 Cyndi wilkins#13 And there you have it @Todd Jones...Lucky for me, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich is the techno genius around here...She managed to inspire a computer train wreck like me to get with the program! If I can do it, ANYBODY can;-) She was my very gentle "boot in the ass!" She is brilliant and will figure out a way to include anyone who wishes to take part in this adventure! One of the many things that drew me in to wanting a more personal connection with Deb was hearing the sound of her voice in an interview with @Chris Spurvey...He is an incredibly powerful presence on SM as well...I love the "Fireside Chats"...There is so much potential out here for weaving one of the most influential networks in the world...We are hoping to inspire people to reach "beyond to read," and awaken our senses in a way that cannot be accomplished in a "comment box." Hearing her voice was like priming the engine...But when I saw her face in "real time," or as @Milos Djukic refers to as the "present moment," the engine roared back to life so fast I had to watch the speedometer before I started crashing into the walls! Damned walls;-)28/01/2017 #5 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.#4 that is truly honoring @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, she deserves it! And what more is, it says also a lot about you @Cyndi wilkins!28/01/2017 #4 Cyndi wilkins#1 @Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.....Meeting @Deb 🐝 Helfrich in a face to face exchange like this really defines the power of the internet. Deb is one of the most extraordinary writers out there...unmatched on any platform I have seen thus far. But she is also one of the most down-to- Earth individuals you will ever meet. She gives of herself in a way that is rarely seen in this world of "me first," and asks nothing in return. It is time for that to change for her. The actual moment of impact comes when you see her in "real" time. Hearing the vibration of her voice as it strikes a visceral chord of familiarity is a "connection" that cannot be experienced in any other way. The energetic current is now "plugged in" and ready for action. She has a lot to offer the world;-)28/01/2017 #1 Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. Brand Ambassador beBee, Inc.
- Producer27/01/2017Asking Questions- limitations and scopeThe biggest reality in life is people. Understanding what motivates people to do what they do through questioning them might seem the solution. In reality, this isn't the case always. I would even dare to say that some questions increase the fog...
Comments29/01/2017 #35 Mohammed Sultan#33 I Well said Sara,questions reflect more than the answers...and your wisdom also reflects more than the administered questionnaires !,this's why we always advise researchers to get out and talk to people.Researchers who don't get out and meet with customers are not real researchers,but data collectors or databasers. Data is collected by different ways depending on the purpose and context of the study through questionnaires in quantitative studies and topic guides in qualitative studies or focus groups.Because qualitative focus groups are more concerned with revealing people's attitudes,behaviors,perceptions and aspirations,we often advise R&D scientists,and both marketers and advertisers,particularly those in creative jobs, to get out and observe the course of the group discussions through one-way mirrors.If a copywriter attends such groups,it will expose him to the possibility that a "chance remark" may suggest the germ of a new idea.The same with a R&D scientist,he/she will be exposed to "observe and design" situation.Exposing the lively minds of those people certainly will lead to a relative creative and innovative breakthrough,and confirm your conclusion of "questions reflect more than the answers" and also my remark of ; " your wisdom reflects more than the administered questionnaires."28/01/2017 #34 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#33 I am so glad that you find the buzz relevant dear @Sara Jacobovici. Your comment counts heavily because and as usual you understood me very well. Yes, I do agree with you in that collecting ideas just for the sake of it serves no real purpose. If the purpose of asking is defined well, then we may be able to construct the right questions. I appreciate your kind words and these words make my writing journey purposeful. I need assurances that what I write adds some value and I am glad this buzz did no matter by what margin.28/01/2017 #33 Sara JacoboviciIronic that the system measures your buzz as a 1 minute read @Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. Not only did your buzz make me reread a few phrases like, "I would even dare to say that some questions increase the fog in front of us and we even become less understanding of what motivates people and how they make choices", but reading the comments and your replies kept my interest for much longer! It's great to see you moving from Flavio's buzz that asks existential type questions to focusing on human behavior and especially motivation. Both types are just as complex. There is a real reason why the Socratic method of learning through questions is so valuable. Questions reflect more than the answers. And that is why I feel, returning to your engaging perspective of surveys, that it may not be the questions that increase the fog but the choice of the questions and how they are administered. The success of your surveys reinforces that for me; you were thoughtful about the questions, how to word and construct rather than just ask questions to produce an answer for purposes of collecting data. There is an art to asking questions and your buzz demonstrates that.28/01/2017 #32 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBeeYou said so beautifully @Mohammed Sultan that I have nothing to add. I mean "."In effect,research and planning are made to fill the gap between a perfect formal knowledge and the need to act in state of imperfect knowledge,away from depending on our past held beliefs". Even when we think we know, soon we realize there remains so much more to know.28/01/2017 #31 Mohammed SultanResearch ,in general, is not and can't be,a precise measuring instruments ,despite its scientific base.In addition,surveys underestimate the complexity of human behavior and attitude.But,the merit of research lies in its ability to keep org and researchers in close contact with people.The human approach is what's matter in research.Research,more than any other org discipline,is concerned with the thoughts,feeling and attitudes which influence people perceptions ,behavior and response which they may be un aware of or an able to articulate.What's also unique about research is; its association with strategic planning.Formal research studies is the proper alternative of the past held belief that makes organizations captives of the past.I have repeated in many of my previous comments and still this statement on the role of research "It has to be conceded that knowledge about people is not necessarily of scientific nature,not only that ;possibly the phenomenon of humanity will never be susceptible to the kind of dominating prestige of social science."In effect,research and planning are made to fill the gap between a perfect formal knowledge and the need to act in state of imperfect knowledge,away from depending on our past held beliefs.28/01/2017 #30 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#29 This is truly a wonderful comment dear @CityVP 🐝 Manjit. I love it because it reflects forward thinking "I don't want to fight with people who are still experiencing the past and have no inkling that the future is what is seeded in their present". I love the restaurant example. It shall reside in my memory.28/01/2017 #29 CityVP 🐝 ManjitMarketing like everything else is evolving. A relative from in-laws in Leicester has a catering business where he too offers free dishes and actually does ask people to select three dishes. I consider him, like you to be more evolved on the evolutionary tree. He is beating is competitors hands down - so this kind of evolved thinking is beginning to reveal itself.
Even if one could explain this as process, if we have not learned to see this way - we will continue in the old way. I don't want to fight with people who are still experiencing the past and have no inkling that the future is what is seeded in their present.28/01/2017 #28 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#27 Dear @Mohammed Sultan- thank you so much for your comprehensive comment and highlighting what to do and not to do in an interview. Interviewers with high EI avoid embarrassing interviewees. Your comment is truly a guide to good interviews. This is a topic of its own. I salute you for sharing your vivid experience in this regard. My buzz focused on asking revealing questions whether in print or face-to-face encounters. No matter what how good the interviewers are or healthy the environment still asking the right questions is a necessity. I do appreciate your elaboration.28/01/2017 #27 Mohammed SultanDear @Ali Anani PhD.Interviewers have to be trained not only for his role in asking questions but also on how to put the interviewee at ease to build trust and express his views freely.To gain the interviewee cooperation the interviewers are generally encouraged to use their own words ;the words that often printed on the questionnaire.Even any tiny changes in wording can affect the interviewee perception.If an interviewee seems to have misunderstood or misinterpreted a question the interviewer should not try to explain it in different words or guide the interviewee to specific answer.Also,it's often difficult to keep the interviewee to the point .If for any reason the interviewee starts to answer one question by giving information that's asked for in a later question the interviewer should politely stop him,explaining that the point is going to be covered later.If the interviewee wishes to go back to a previous question to change or add to his answer ,the interviewer should take a note without changing the sequence of the questions.To add informality to the interview by using link phrases,it's important that these phrases have no bearing on the answers given and thus can't bias the results.Interviewers should also be trained on how to avoid any bias resulting from the interviewee faulty memory or distraction or embarrassment about sensitive issues and also be trained on probing their questions particularly when the interviewee use ambiguous words.28/01/2017 #26 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#25 First, I thank you heartedly dear friend @David Navarro López for sharing your personal story. I think this story is a buzz on its own because it is a perfect example of how the environment and circumstances change the emphasis. Your response differed because the passion in your answer to your mother differed from the passion to the company's owner.Variable circumstances require variant responses. All of them were true, but the priority changed.
However; if you had three interviews for three different companies may be then your response would not have changed that much. My last point is that the question influences our responses. If the question was phrased differently then you would have answered it differently. This is what I tried to highlight in this buzz.28/01/2017 #25 AnonymousOnce again, a very challenging post, my admired friend. Would like to bring some sand grains to it.
I have been in many interviews, on both sides of the table. How the questions are done is certainly a big issue to consider. But in my opinion there are other components can not be ignored, like the environment or circumstances, the momentum, and the feelings between the two parties.
On my most recent job interview, I was asked by the owner of the company why I wanted to work for his company. Answer was, because I wanted to work for a company that makes great machines, which is my passion. My mom set the same question, and my answer was, because it is a german company, so I will have a safe work within a country that gives great social benefits. To my friends, the answer was that I was tired of wasting my talent in a job/country where it was no longer possible to grow as a professional. To my daughter and sister, because I thought it was the time to make a big change in my life, challenging myself to continue my personal growth, now that my family responsibilities had changed.
All the answers are true. The question was the same in all cases.27/01/2017 #20 Ali Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee#19 Obivously you have a deep understanding of surveys dear @Mohammed Sultan. Your comment is superb and highlights the role of surveys n completing a feasibility study. I agree fully with you.
Unfortunately, many times the survey asks questions with the wrong wordings and style. They provide answers, but not to the need of the feasibility. It is a repeating problem because when we do surveys we ask questions that either affect the position of the interviewees or their behavioral direction and motivation. We can't know precisely the position and direction simultaneously and we end up confusing ourselves.
You must have a reason to mention the 65%. I don't have the statistics, but it seems a valid one. Again, I thank you my friend for writing such a comprehensive comment.27/01/2017 #19 Mohammed SultanQuestionnaire design is the context of the questions asked.Questionnaires come in many varieties.We regularly resort to ask questions or depend on surveys to fill any gap in our knowledge resulting from secondary sources.We sometimes conduct qual research or focus groups to add insights to the numerical data obtained from quant.surveys.The type of questions asked depend on the nature of the study which differs according to its purpose; whether it's on the basic attitudes and behaviors of the interviewees or concerned with the "context"in which the research is conducted(ie.trade vs consumer,retail vs non-retail).
They also differ according the application or the purpose whether it's on ad targeting and segmentation,NPD,pricing,image ,motivation or employee motivation and satisfaction surveys.
Questionnaires come also in many shapes and sizes ,from postcards to be filled in by interviewees to multi-page documents to be filled in by the interviewer.
A good questionnaire and the question asked have to be designed to suit the study objectives and the nature of the interviewee.
As long as food is always concerned,to give marketing justifications for opening a new restaurant,the proposal should be the document on which the researcher should determine the objectives and the methodology of the study.For the requirements of any feasibility study the proposal should include three waves ;Desk Research ,Trade Research and Consumer Surveys(qual then quant).Surveys are always conducted to fill any gaps resulting from the Desk Research.Based on the findings of these three types of researches( 65 % of the feasibility)the researcher will be in a position to give a decision of whether( to- go or not- to -go) with the project.As for the types of questions asked and which is suitable for which context it can be discussed according to the development of the discussion,if there's a necessity.Thank you dear @Ali Anani PhD.for your insightful post.
- Producer27/01/2017Finding the Right BalanceWHERE IS THE LINE BETWEEN FREE EXPRESSION AND OFFENSIVE SPEACH, AND DOES IT EVEN MATTER? ... What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. ― Salman Rushdie I am a long-time supporter of beBee USA. ...
Comments02/04/2017 #312 Gerald Hecht#304 @Phil Friedman the tyranny of sweetness...the sweetness of tyranny...to paraphrase Joni Mitchell (I believe Judy Collins had a top 40 hit with it but nevermind)..."I've looked at the tyranny/sweetness thingie from both sides now; from the sirens wail to masochist jail..from a fentanyl haze to the DA's maze...and though perfumed lovers pink dorm prisons I've done most f'not all... I really don't (completely) grok the tyranny/sweetness thingie..at all..."02/04/2017 #308 AnonymousPart II
The concept of freedom of speech is not shared widely beyond the United States. Many of us outside that jurisdiction do subscribe to the idea or aspire to it. However there are a few billion who live beyond your borders and legal jurisdiction.
Censorship is a slippery slope. I'd prefer that beBee left the entire thread to play out. I like to see the cut of anyones gib and whether they play with a straight bat. I can make my own choices. I control what I think. I cant control what anyone else thinks. I also control what I say and write. ( except after a few glasses of cab sav). Proper decorum is fluid and transient. I think of it as engaging with an honest commitment to discussion of ideas and a willingness to learn. "self-restraint" is what I aspire to, not feeling coerced by the platform participants and owners to curtail my line of expression. It may be a language thing (we speak differently and definitely have a different sense of humour in this part of the world), but many responses to my commments have seemed patronising to me.
"Gaming the system" is simply following the meta rules (the rules you follow when the rules are not enforced or are poorly laid out)
@Phil Friedman I think you nailed it in #294 "The only solution, Christine, is free speech itself. Open and vigorous exchange. And faith that the truth will out. My experience is that those who counsel control of what can be said, are those who are committed to "winning" the argument vs finding the truth."
And Phil you need to practice a bit more. Mere juggling of fire is the first step towards the art of fire swallowing. People would pay to see you swallow a flaming toaster.02/04/2017 #307 AnonymousPart I
First @Phil Friedman I'd like to thank you for laying out the challenge. I have read the entire thread from the start ( and yes I have reported the bug about entire threads failing to load but it didn't happen to me this time)
To the owners of beBee: Yes you do have the right to choose. It's the same choice that any business owner has. There are many businesses that have failed because of bad choices by their owners. The choices you are making:
1) choosing between letting all threads play out an not intervening vs choosing (by committee or unilaterally) to shut down a thread and delete all contents vs selective removal of those parts of a thread that are (by committee or unilaterally) deemed to be offensive or abusive. I for one think that "I thought you were smart" is disrespectful and aims to demean. What has been demonstrated looks like beBee being coerced by those who "join in with a group to privately complain". 'eliminating anonymity keeps everyone "honest"' is my view as well.
2) Design Descisions. relevance? + and - "votes" versus comments that identify (at least at the beBee identity level) the commenter. "enough feedback to know that it works great" is a descison that will be tested by time. And yes the statement does beg a few questions, if only to test the thinking and conclusion, not to question your right to decide.02/04/2017 #304 Phil Friedman#303 Gee, Brian, ya coulda fooled me! :-) nevertheless, I empathize with your rejection of the beeBorg Collective. The tyranny of sweetness has all but a stranglehold on the BuzzMarket these days. C'nest pas, @Gerald Hecht View more#303 Gee, Brian, ya coulda fooled me! :-) nevertheless, I empathize with your rejection of the beeBorg Collective. The tyranny of sweetness has all but a stranglehold on the BuzzMarket these days. C'nest pas, @Gerald Hecht? Close02/04/2017 #303 Brian McKenzieKnow your audience. I am not a Kittens, Unicorns, Butterflies and Smiles kind of guy - neither is the audience I write for. Where does my content offend ? Probably Often. Do I care ? Nope. The 'Feels' garner no currency with me. They are static in between me changing channels.01/04/2017 #301 Phil FriedmanWow, a glitch that trunkates a 290-comment comment thread at 10? That is of serious concern. For it takes a lot of time and effort to build that kind of engagement, and it is disappointing to have it tossed in the garbage by the system. @Javier 🐝 beBee View moreWow, a glitch that trunkates a 290-comment comment thread at 10? That is of serious concern. For it takes a lot of time and effort to build that kind of engagement, and it is disappointing to have it tossed in the garbage by the system. @Javier 🐝 beBee, @Federico 🐝 Álvarez San Martín Close31/01/2017 #298 John VaughanThanks @Gerald Hecht
Private messaging thru beBee should work, if we're connected. (I just won't be publishing or responding 'publicly' for a while)
Connect w/ me on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jvprofile
and maybe thru my blog https://jcvtcsblog.wordpress.com/ ... if you follow it (hint, hint)
Words to live by:
'Tis far better to beg forgiveness
Than to ask permission31/01/2017 #296 Gerald Hecht#292 @John Vaughan I pretty much go with 1) catlike curiosity, and 2) complete ignorance of any rules (or forgetting to consider the possibility that there are any rules) won't result in any of my "experiments in interactivity" resulting in global thermonuclear war or any creepy junk like that!
That would be horrible!
Downright "Dennis The Menace Like!"31/01/2017 #295 John VaughanUpdate:
I think I'll take me offline for a bit now. The beBee Aficionado ShitStorm of the past week-or-so is emotionally and physically draining (as it has been for the past several months). This socialNet platform hasn't been quite as Poz-itive an experience for me as its self-marketing blurbs claim.
So I'm going to take a break from this particular venue and try to make my own life a little better. Quality of experience is what it's about. I look forward to continuing the dialog with some of you offline.
My Interim Agenda:
* Boring Old LinkedIn is where I first met some of the best of you, and it remains a source of satisfaction in ways that beBee can't. I invite you to join me there (https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/0_33yLQDnNkqLRm-bXWm38zJ) and on Quora (https://www.quora.com/profile/John-Vaughan), two of the socialNet environments that manage to balance professionalism and engagement with grace and efficiency.
* My resume website (http://www.jcvtcs.com/) and particularly my blog (https://jcvtcsblog.wordpress.com/) are hopefully as satisfying for you as they are for me. I hope to see you there.
* @John White, MBA offers to open a substantive dialog on difficult issues in #211. It deserves a considered response and I appreciate the opportunity to provide one. It's been a long time coming and I want to focus on doing it well. In the meantime, I hope that others will feel comfortable taking John up on his invitation. As per his comment, his direct number is 970.692.3270. I assume he'll provide a link to where we can "report [issues] so [they] can be addressed" by beBee.
To quote The Master, "I'll be back."31/01/2017 #294 Phil Friedman#290 The only solution, Christine, is free speech itself. Open and vigorous exchange. And faith that the truth will out. My experience is that those who counsel control of what can be said, are those who are committed to "winning" the argument vs finding the truth. Cheers!31/01/2017 #293 John Vaughan#291 "not try to force it into a preconceived form" sez @Phil Friedman
First "Sort of ... But Not Really", then "TagBlast", then "Finding the Right Balance"
I see each of these as part of a 'natural' evolutionary progression - a more-or-less understandable fugue on a theme, shaped in part by the agendas of the contributors (including Commenters).
I believe that both of us are unreserved and generous in our willingness to share our wisdom with the rest of the world. Much of the value is in the 'preconceived form" that we contribute. The rest is pure Dance.
I think we agree about Trolls. Skoal
- Producer15/08/2016Reputation Management: Five things a certain bird never told youIt’s true. Everyone makes mistakes. Big Bird sang a whole song about it. In business, however, mistakes can cost you the reputation of your entire brand. A DUI charge, embezzlement charges, sexual harassment charges; any criminal allegation that...
Comments27/01/2017 #5 David B. GrinbergVery sound advice, Renee. Regrets for missing this post earlier. I've shared on three communications hives. It appears to me that too many companies, CEOs, politicians, etc., still forget the age-old Watergate axiom: the cover up is worse than the crime. Nothing is worse for PR, brand image or reputation management than having a slow drip-drip-drip of bad news coming out like "Chinese water torture" over the course of days, weeks or months. Rather, "hang a lantern on it." Be transparent and get all the bad info out all at once to limit the damage and contain the crisis. It's just baffling how often this advice goes unheeded. Thanks again for a buzz-worthy read.
- Producer07/01/2017On the Limits of Free ExpressionWE MAY ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO FREELY EXPRESS IDEAS AND OPINIONS BUT IS ANYONE OBLIGATED TO LISTEN, LET ALONE ANSWER ...The issue of what is and what isn't acceptable expression on social media comes up frequently, particularly on platforms such as...
Comments23/01/2017 #85 Donna-Luisa Eversley@Phil Friedman had a slower read of this super post and find it even more relevant today in a broader sense than when you first published. I appreciate my freedom of speech more now than ever before. I even appreciate my freedom of choice to listen, respond , follow and engage with others worldwide, many of whom must be guarded in their own responses, for fear of possible reprisals. Social media may bring us closer as units of this world but it also makes it a lot easier to divide us all.
Just thinking out loud while reading :-)09/01/2017 #82 Phil Friedman#80 Excellent simile, Pascal. It's where I've finally arrived after several years. 1) On MY posts I speak my mind. If you come onto my post to comment, then expect that I will respond. If you don't want that, don't come to the comments on MY posts. And let's drop the "Phil's a meany and started it all when he hit me back." 2) I am making an extra effort to respect the sensitivities of others these days by not making critical comments on the posts of others unless a) I've been invited to comment by a tag or a shout out, or b) I have an established relationship with the author of the post and know he or she will accept the critical comment for what it is. 3) I leave it to management to eject rowdy, obnoxious fellow-customers — although I personally prefer that management exercise that prerogative sparingly. Thanks for joining the conversation. You make a lot of sense, as usual.09/01/2017 #80 Pascal DerrienI was thinking in very practical terms that social media is you do what you want in your own house, you respect other users in a public park and the management reserves the right to admission to the restaurant providing you comply with basic rules of engagement otherwise you can be escorted out thru the exit door... :-)09/01/2017 #78 Phil Friedman#76 Donna-Luisa, you are, I think, correct. There is always a tension between a desire for intellectual engagement and the need to protect oneself from emotional predators.
To my mind, "trolls" almost always fall into the latter category. For they literally draw sustenance from the negative emotional energy they elicit. And in some cases, it becomes a game of King of the Hill -- which is why it is so distressing to them to be ignored.
As true bullies, they've learned as well that making people uncomfortable frequently gets the what they want, in a recreation of buy-the-bully-off, otherwise known as the Stockholm Syndrome. As always, thank you for you insight and thoughtful comments. Cheers!09/01/2017 #77 Phil Friedman#75 Mohammed, thank you for reading and commenting. I understand your concern and the moral imperative which you recommend. And I have sometimes been able to act in accord with it -- in several instances using tolerance and playfulness to draw out a supposed troll into communicating openly without a hidden agenda, and becoming part of the community.
In some few cases it works, and is gratifying But most times it doesn't. Because, I 've concluded, such people usually do not want to join a community. For they truly lack empathy and see others as objects to be used. And are most times, are best ignored.09/01/2017 #76 Donna-Luisa Eversley@Phil Friedman I have noted your efforts to ignore being baited and found one individual quite upset and persistent by your lack of response on one of your posts. I was confused initially about why you did not respond as it became creepy and obsessive. It was interesting to watch, but also uncomfortable. I am guilty at times of really shying away from negativity which is offensive. However, I have learnt in 2016 that I don't need to read or respond to anyone I choose not to engage with. Your discussion on free speech matters , because it is critical to deffrentiate between trollish behavior and an opinion of disagreement. The lines seem blurred on what offends sometimes, and it can be quite subjective. My only fear and concern is we lose when all thoughts mirror our own and there is no yin to yang. Disagreement can protect against fake or fraudulent information dispensed via social media by psudeo experts. Quite an interesting discussion and much needed.09/01/2017 #75 Mohammed Sultan@ Phil Friedman.Fruity trees are always thrown by stones.You either ignore the troll or support him.Those irrational people are acting emotionally ,so they need to be understood and supported until they balance their emotion with reason.In the workplaces there's many who are trolling others ideas because no body listened to their ideas.We always advice companies not to suppress their views or get them blamed for their behavior because they are often me - too people.Their capabilities depends more on their feelings ,emotions and hidden knowledge rather than relationships with others.Show them the glint of light on their broken heart after they had trolled.Kant the French philosopher said "In how a man is guilty,who he violates the rights of others,in ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing this." Phil, patience is a true sign of authenticity that provides you with the energy to go further.09/01/2017 #72 Phil Friedman#71 Thanks, Franci, for reading and joining the conversation. For the most part, I agree with your summary. I am moved, however, to caution everyone about the too-free use of sanctions. In the matter of freedom of expression, I think it is always better on social media to err on the side of being too liberal, and use official sanctions only when it is obvious that the issue cannot be cleared up by the free reigning interactions of the community. Cheers and best wishes to you for the new year 2017.09/01/2017 #71 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanThank you for your professional approach to freedom of expression, Phil. Perhaps, a fragile subject but one worthy of being addressed. We can agree and we can disagree (not referencing you and me, per se), and that's fine because if we didn't we would be complacent and drab souls. If we don't test the waters, then we don't know which way the river flows.
IMO, your post is more about freedom of speech than trolls. And it is about writers: those who use written words in various styles and techniques to communicate their ideas.
And it is about listeners(commenters) and their freedom of expression. Both the writer and listener(commenter) should be respected and show respect, as well.
With that said, relating specifically to beBee we have a gift at our fingertips where we can meet, greet, engage, discuss and have freedom of expression and freedom of listening(commenting). I feel it ours to use, but not abuse and not let anyone else abuse it, as well. @Javier 🐝 beBee has proven that abuse will not be tolerated, which is one of the reasons I'm proud to be a bee.
To sum up, my rambling, IMO, it boils down to respect.
Buzz on and be the best you can bee.08/01/2017 #68 Anonymous#66 @Phil Friedman, This is the one of the key aspects necessary for sustainable development of any social network. Unpleasant experiences and unrealistically high expectations and hopes, in contact with other people on social media, should not cause disappointment and loss of faith in humanity, kindness and the importance of helpfulness.08/01/2017 #67 Phil Friedman#62 Tetyana, thank you for commenting. I cannot speak to the charge that there are paid professional trolls on social media, who are agents of various governments, and that such agents use complaints and reporting functions to silence critics of their masters. But I can see that it is definitely a danger. Which is why it is so important to protect the rights of the minority to speak freely against any possible tyranny of the majority. And to make sure that the reporting function is not used unfairly as a tool of repression. Cheers!08/01/2017 #66 Phil Friedman#57 #61 Milos and David, in the main, I agree with both of you. David makes an important point: It is critical to avoid allowing the reporting functions from being used as tools of retaliation and vendetta. The only way to accomplish that is to assure that every complaint is properly investigated before action is taken against the user being reported. As well, I think it important to understand that simply not liking or being made uncomfortable by what somebody says is NOT, nor should it be sufficient for having that person's account closed down. Freedom of expression has primarily to do with protecting the rights of the minority (or less powerful in the situation) from the overbearing power of the majority (or the more powerful in the situation).
I think it should also be recognized that some bees might be upset by what some users say, but that in itself is not sufficient to squelch the speaker's free expression. I was aghast recently by reading a comment by a beBee user that lauded some of Hitler's ideas. And so I muted that bee, and when the block function goes live, I will block that person as well. However, I would not want that person's account closed down simply because I found the remark offensive and unacceptable. For that would itself do more damage to free expression than the objectionable remark itself.
I think Milos lays out some useful criteria in intention, form, and function. And I believe further that a balanced objectivity must be maintained.
That said, I for one trust @Javier beBee and the beBee administration to act with care and good judgment, as has been amply evidenced to date. Cheers!08/01/2017 #65 Anonymous"Philanthropy"
"1. The effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind, as by charitable aid or donations.
2. Love of humankind in general.
3. Something, such as an activity or institution, intended to promote human welfare."
- From thefreedictionary.com (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Philantropy)
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Comments07/10/2016 #1 Charles David UpchurchYou're onto somethong good here, @Hayley Bruce.
Overall, most of these ideas have been presented before (with different words), but that's fine! I like that you didn't just use the typical jargon like CTA (call to action). After 6,000 years of development in human communication, it's not easy at all for us to come up with something totally novel.
One suggestion: you might want to convert your graphic of communication quadrants by leaving out the lines which appear to be (but are not, I think, intended to be) vertical and horizontal graphing axes. If a reader thinks about how those axes might be labeled, or how the two axes relate, vertically vs. horizontally, that would be a distraction from your main point. Without the "axis" lines your point (about good communication being the result of an intentional process) would be more clear.
Ironically, you actually DID one thing at several points which was a great answer to your ending question of
"How do you know this communication technique will work?"
That is, you asked us, your readers, for feedback along the way.
Asking questions is one of my favorite ways of engaging audiences in what I am communicating. Just be careful, especially if your communication is live, that you don't only ask questions where you expect one specific answer.
Listeners, and readers, will often surprise you with their answers. That's another thing that I like about asking genuine questions: I always have the opportunity to learn from the answers!
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