I love infographics. And there is no doubt that the Gates Foundation consistently has some of the best ones. On ending polio, boosting nutrition, explaining the benefits of breast feeding, and extolling the virtues of education. This one below on Malaria is equally powerful. This is a must-see. We need even more cause-based infographics to sharpen our focus of what’s being done to make a difference in every corner of the world.
GOOD Magazine also has some great ones, including one on the issue of water in developing nations. Nonprofits and charities don’t get the kind of attention in social media that they should. So if it take infographics and other tools to create awareness, then that’s awesome.
I’m an optimist and a realist. And I know we can put an end to malaria in our lifetime. (CLICK THE IMAGE below to see why millions are enthusiastic about the progress being made.)
The current social media conversation on Influence is something I really shy away from commenting on. And for good reason. I only joined Twitter and Facebook to do two things: promote my blog and meet great people. I believe I’ve done a fair job in that department.
But the other day, Todd Weiss, a great tweeter from New York City posted this on his feed: “If you want to be a person of influence, be of value to someone.” Indeed, this completely sums up my thoughts on the matter. As we all know, social media started as an avenue for people to share. So it makes sense to use Twitter in this way. I love seeing people recommend folks in different fields or in various cities. When I log in, that’s what I do. And when I log out, I take pride in knowing that I’ve helped enrich the Twitter Experience, and in a small or grand way, honored the roots of social media.
So let no one tell you differently: when any of us inspire, empower, share, connect and educate through social media, we are influential. Millions value this sort of engagement, so its a brand that should never be discarded. Never.
I don’t mind talking about Influence. But I’ll never let conversation about “what it is” get in the way of sharing practical ways to use social media influence for the greater good. That should be the ultimate goal.
Today’s Guest Blogger is Love Streams. She’s a respected writer, editor, and marketing consultant living in Los Angeles. Her blog is a fantastic read. I am thrilled that she allowed me to share her new post with my readers. Enjoy!
by Love Streams
In the beginning it’s picture perfect, great on paper, match made in heaven, dare say “soul mates.” Years stretch into decades, experience spans patience and the only souls that have worn are on the bottom of shoes. There are no perfect couples, only relationships; complex and evolving and as alive as each person within them.
A relationship can not define us anymore than any other aspect of what we believe is true about our lives. We can only be guided by something greater than ourselves.
We are born into relationships but adopt many more significant to our lives. What we come to realize is that these matches are made for express purposes and we must set our expectations accordingly. We can not expect one match to be a maid to our every need in life, after all that is why we have many kinds of relationships.
People are human, at different stages of consciousness. No two can possibly sync up all the time. The one relationship that must be in line is the one with our self and our higher power; all others will follow suit.
Photo by Courtney Reid
Courtney Reid is one of my favorite artist who “grew up watching paint get pushed around,” she’s represented by Airom Bleicher. The name of this piece (above) is “7.” For me, it symbolizes a couple on two different levels of consciousness but very closely bound together. I’ve decided the woman on the right is in an inventive, contemplative, spiritual and enigmatic state; as the numbered title suggests. The man is looking to her for guidance. The third and palpable character in the image is their muted relationship.