Don’t you hate that? That’s my current state. No internet access from my home network.
So that’s a predicament. The problem is how to stay connected.
“Focus on identifying and solving the problems, not the predicaments, for problems can be mastered.”
Too often in life, we lose sight of what we are dealing with- a predicament or a problem.
A predicament is something over which you have no control and for which you can have no affect on changing. Internet down. Rainstorms. A spouse that is an early riser when you are not.
We lose sleep over predicaments. We worry and grow irritated over predicaments. We can’t fix a predicament.
But with each predicament comes associated problems. That we can fix! The problem I’m dealing with right now, over the internet down predicament, is how to stay connected. Many answers exist: library access, Blackberry, phone calls. Focusing on solving the problems surrounding the predicament, gives us more to work with, and in working with, maintains our sense of strength, empowerment and control. Calming us down considerably and giving us positive feedback on our competency and confidence.
I had dinner last night with a recently widowed friend who shared remarkable stories about her late husband, a man of conviction and gentle encouragement. He had a ‘can do’ attitude and would not allow anyone he knew to have the ability to succeed, to slack. Her memories included his often used phrase “yes, you can”. And he meant it.
And so I am blogging from my Blackberry. Its certainly not pretty nor easy- fat fingers and poor editing abilities will make the visual of this blog interesting. But I’m doing it and overcoming the problem that the predicament brought on.
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. ~Albert Einstein
Charities See Social Network Potential and Risk – BusinessWeek.
Lil Green Patches, Rice Bowls, Pink Ribbons. The landscape of “get rich quick” widgets and apps are proliferating on Social Networking sites faster than three card monty men on a hot NYC sidewalk in summer. Okay bad analogy, but could the screaming environment of “Ronco” style products, with their “work at home and make millions” case studies have a potential backlash to the industry and face of philanthropy? Are these social fundraising products fundraising or brand marketing? Is the forecast bright for significant revenue from use and expansion of these tools? Will those newly engaged to support the environment by sending plants or feeding the hungry by filling rice bowls, truly engaged? What is the conversation rate for these ‘donors’. How are they captured?
We may still be too newly minted to know.
4:05 PM Tuesday June 16, 2009
by Alexandra Samuel
Online community and social media are hot areas for business these days, as companies recognize the Internet’s potential to deepen customer relationships, share knowledge and strengthen teams. In the nonprofit sector, relationships have always been the key currency: the relationships with the members, donors and supporters that NGOs depend on for volunteer labor, financial support and advocacy muscle.
Because nonprofits are so deeply invested in the relationship business, and because they often have not just a notional but a structural accountability to their members, many NGOs were early adopters of online community tools. NGO-run online communities and social media presences offered nonprofits a new way of stoking and harnessing their members’ loyalty and passion; and in their many successes, businesses can find key lessons for using social media to enhance customer relationships, too: