A photo of my laptop stickers
That's my laptop, its decorated with social media stickers that I've collected along the way. My laptop, equipped with a broadband Internet card, has become an indispensable tool for me when meeting face-to-face with someone or talking by phone.
Here's how I use it:
As part of my research fellowship at the Packard Foundation, I've had the opportunity to attend a lot of briefings and discussions related to social media and network effectiveness. Earlier this week Peggy Duvette and Angus Parker from WiserEarth spent some time at the Foundation sharing their experiences in building successful online communities of action and networks of networks on the WiserEarth online platform.
As I mentioned on Wednesday, I've been thinking about how to spend the 40 days before my 40th birthday in a have-fun, do-good way to celebrate this particular aging transition.
It's pretty easy to come up with ways to have fun, but I've been thinking a lot about what it means to "do good." Here are some of the way Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines it:
Cameron Diaz gave me an "ah-ha" moment today.
Trust me. No one is more shocked.
I was listening to last week’s Real Time with Bill Maher podcast and already pleasantly surprised when BAM! She said something so deep, so enlightening that I almost had to pull over.
Paul Buchheit is the created of Gmail and Adsense and has set up collaborative process to get advice on how he should donate "a bunch of money." He isn't relying on the traditional approach of asking an expert, but wants to crowdsource suggestions through social networks. As he writes on his blog:
I'm a very passionate person - I suppose this is something that I've come to live with. I get ideas, and I run with them. Just recently I watched a home video my dad compiled of seventeen years of young Stacy giving annual reports of her life (something my sisters and I dreaded, but have come to appreciate with age). What I saw was comical, and actually quite revealing of the woman I have become today:
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