- Number of people connected to the Internet worldwide increased from 350 million to more than 2 billion
- In the same period, the number of mobile-phone subscribers rose from 750 million to well over 5 billion (it is now over 6 billion)
- By 2025, the majority of the world's population will, in one generation, have gone from virtually no access to unfiltered information to accessing all of the world's information through a device that fits in the palm of the hand.
- If the pace continues, most of the projected 8 billion people on Earth will be online
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Previously posted on Medium, reposted here. I blog so infrequently, I figure I need to repurpose as much content as I can!
Even before mobile/smartphones I was bad; sneaking away to check email, reading business books or memos while on the beach, working on proposals or ideas at the pool. All behaviors of someone who would rather lose himself in work, instead of being present with family, focusing on clearing the mind and having a good time.
Over the past few years I’ve improved my efforts to disconnect. I did however notice that it would take 2 or 3 days to fully disconnect. Similar to an addict, I’d have dreams about work, fanatically check in and have to almost physically restrain myself from replying to emails. It was bad, very bad. I’d come back from work up to date, but feeling like I hadn’t even had time off.
As my kids grew older, it became more and more important to disconnect from work and get focused on my family and friends while on vacation.
I was recently off for a week in Utah and did a lot of thinking about being disconnected. I noticed how much I loved it! In honor of that glorious time off, I present you with my 3 keys to disconnecting:
- Drop the ego. Start to realize you aren’t you just aren’t that important. Life goes on. Work goes on. People step up while you are gone.
- Be selfish. Read something other than the news, business books and memos. Find a book or a movie that moved you and consume it again with fresh eyes. I have been sharing my favorite movies from when I was a teenager with my own teens and it’s been an incredible experience. Most recently, we watched “Stand by Me” which brought me back to thinking about what it was like to be 12.
- (Re)charge. I read recently something about how the brain engages in new ways when you are learning something for the first time. Do that — find something new or something you do rarely and allow your brain to struggle with it, focus on it. It (re)charges you in ways that are hard to explain but are easy to feel. We went on a 3 mile hike that I absolutely loved, something I don’t often do. I was focused on the trail, the rocks, not getting hurt and enjoying the view. It was amazing.When it was over, I felt elated. My mind felt electric.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
I deeply connected with all parts of the community; parents, children, adults, researchers, caregivers, teachers and more. Beyond any of the other causes I've been involved in, autism got under my skin in some incredible ways. I feel deeply for those on the spectrum and for their loved ones who are must struggle to understand and cope with whatever comes from their experiences for all sides of the spectrum.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Fair warning: I'm one of the many judges of this year's program!
The Getting Attention Nonprofit Tagline Awards Program (a.k.a. The Taggies) just opened its fourth awards cycle with the addition of an Advocacy Campaign Tagline category.
Nonprofits and libraries everywhere are invited to enter their organizational tagline in the program, plus any tagline they’ve created to advance programs, fundraising campaigns, advocacy campaigns and/or special events. The 2,700 taglines entered in the 2010 Awards were a bounty of skillful messages and this year’s entries are expected to be equally powerful.
“A relevant tagline does double-duty—working to extend an organization’s name and mission, while delivering a memorable and motivating message to the people whose help it needs,” says awards program organizer Nancy E. Schwartz. “But our recent Nonprofit Messages Survey showed just 29% of organizations have a tagline that connects and spurs action.
“The biennial Awards program is designed to inspire and guide organizations to deliver taglines that connect quickly and strongly with their target audiences—Aha! messages that build and strengthen key relationships for the long term.”
Schwartz says that in addition to the new Advocacy Campaign Tagline category, Wildlife & Animal Welfare has been added as a field of focus for the organization tagline awards.
All entrants will be invited to a free webinar (Aha! Messages: 4 Ways to Test Message Relevance) and receive access to the fully-updated Nonprofit Tagline Report— the only complete guide to building an organization’s brand in eight words or less—and Database.
Organizations can enter their taglines via an easy-to-complete entry form at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Taggies12