Pardon me while I turn this apocalyptic shoot'em up into one big theological aside - but I can't help myself. If you don't mind, I'd like to take a second out to talk with those of you that think similarly as Eli about the Bible. Whether you think of yourself as a Christian or not - if you think the Bible's one main overriding message is that we should "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you" you've got it all wrong.
Bobby McFerrin Head trips the audience using just the pentatonic scale...
Yeah we all know how Social Networks can help our causes, but what about how they can desperately hurt us? This is a prime example of what NOT to do in the web2.0 space. Heed this warning or perish!
Do you work for someone you find yourself wanting to brag about? Maybe you should go look for an employer that makes you want to sing their praises. You really should. I've worked for others that I wasn't embarrassed about... but I definitely wouldn't publish the fact that I worked there. But to be able to just scream how fantastic your employer is - to be able to just scream it from the roof tops is really something.
So this past weekend I did something extremely un-impulsively crazy. I got a tattoo. Yeah, that's right... me, the geekiest white guy on the planet... a tattoo. The nerd in your class that looked down his nose at all you unconventional types. The guy who never swore, never drank and probably the last thing on his mind, ever, was a tattoo. Fairly surreal still actually.
Five inspirational social networking websites for non-profit and Christian organizations that strive to solve problems daily around the world.
The Prestige is either well-crafted and intensely intelligent, or the worst movie of the third millennium. Either its terrible science fiction or absolutely brilliant drama set in a historical time and location. It is one or the other, it can't be both.
I believe that the Church is losing out on millions and millions of dollars - potentially billions - every single year in licensing costs and SAAS fees. Thinking about this problem a little differently I realized that the Church has within its walls some of the most amazingly talented developers, designers and leaders in the world. Why aren't these world class developers using their talents to solve problems key strategic problems that the Church is curently paying large dollars for monthly and annually? Or better yet - why aren't these developers creating unique solutions that only the Church really fully understand? And better yet, why aren't these developers and leaders giving their time to the Church for free to help solve a problem world wide and not pillaging the bride of Christ with high usage fees and licensing costs? Right.
Too rarely do we see world-wide gambits of this sort undertaken because of the potential risk and exponential cost attributed. But I commend the guys of World Wide Open for giving it a go regardless of the outcome. It is this kind of big picture thinking that is severely lacking within the body of the Church right now. How are we globally thinking to solve world wide pandemics as Christ's Church is supposed to be doing daily?
Overnight Website Challenge See. This is what I'm talking about. This is a company out of MN that is throwing the gauntlet down. They've brought in 120 web professionals and donated the diggs and the compu...
What is keeping us from creating a non-profit company that develops and releases for free (or close to free) solutions without bias or agenda? Basically these solutions could be open-source wins for Churches trying to track relationships and giving with parishioners. Or maybe a solution for NGO's tracking and solving poverty or AIDS penetration rates within communities and impact of their efforts against this blight on society. The possibilities here are basically limitless.
Many companies today dive into web2.0 (blogging, twitter, viral media campaigns, social networking) experiments because others are. Not for any underlying reason. It is important to be intentional about our efforts within this arena. Go where your customers are going. Start the conversation where they want to have it... not because your nearest competitor may beat you to it.
Heck, they are so outside the box they occassionally redesign "the box" as exemplified by the above milk box experiment. Just love the solid coloring and evocative white on the face. The type is a beauty to behold and the splash at the front bottom just adds that extra something. Very nicely done.
37 Signals Has it Right - a truly phenomenal business perspective and model.
So I had a thought. What if the Christian Technical community came together and donated time towards a money making - for profit company whose sole purpose was to give money away? Hrmm.