There are places filled with unnatural combinations. Living in such places opens your mind in ways no other person could teach you. Be open to finding the characters around you.
A film created by everyday people. Stories from around the world combine to create an amazing experience. Why aren’t we creating and telling stories more in this way?
Philosophy is best shown and understood through actions in the real world. We must have varied experiences of philosophy to understand the best application of philosophy in our own life. An unbiased approach should be followed when we teach global philosophy, from those we abhor to those we adore, only than can we truly understand “the other”. However, a conscious mind must not accept a philosophy simply because it looks good on paper or sounds right in the classroom.
The best professors never teach and the best students never learn in the usual sense of an educational system. A Cosmoholotech education is like an art form, best when practiced through first-hand experiences. The best professor stops turning his back to his students to post facts on a board and instead focuses on submerging his students in the varied experiences of his or her field. Similarly, the best student stops looking at a screen to record or research facts and instead focuses on striving to live by his or her field of interest.
Why wait until you graduate to figure out how the real world works? What is the real world anyway? Real to who? Why spend 4 years of college life experimenting and coming out without a solid plan? What is missing?
The practicality of education.
Does lower degrees of separation in our online lives translate to anything truly useful in the offline world?
The short answer, not yet. A recent article showed how Facebook users are now on average separated by about 4-5 other friends. Lower than the standard 6 degrees for most of the population. That’s a worthwhile feat for a social media site dedicated to connecting you with family and friends, but the truth is that arriving at this number hasn’t really translated into a hugely positive reaction in the real-world.
Online polls from CNN have shown a near even split between people who say they feel more connected to the world because of social media and those who feel the same or even less. Why is this?
Social media has done a great job with connecting us to people we know online but unfortunately not enough focus is placed in connecting us with people we don’t know, but should know, and creating a way to bring more value to those offline connections.
How can we translate online degrees of separation into useful offline initiatives to build valuable long-lasting relationships?
The London riots have caused the British government to consider banning social media during these events. Once again we have another government making the same mistakes.
The Egyptian Revolution taught us what internet and social media censorship does, nothing. It actually might have contributed to intensifying the protests. The communications are not the cause of protests and riots. People will use whatever means available to communicate, from the most elementary to the most technical. The problem here was a weak police force and mob rule.
There are reports now that the rioters and looters were not actually just young, poor, and unemployed people. There were plenty of old and even middle to upper class rioters. These were people who easily hijacked a peaceful protest and turned it into a destructive circus act, not because they were angry or starving, simply because they wanted to cause a riot and loot stores. Is it really difficult to believe that people would just riot because they want to riot and loot?
Yet, there is another important reason for all of this. People will go as far as they are allowed to and that is exactly what happened. The large majority of rioters and looters met little to no resistance, thus, it was easy to go from a few broken windows to burning down homes and shops. While social media might have helped organize a few thugs it was their success in looting and burning that influenced others to join in.
These same effects were seen during the Arab Spring. The first group to march out into the streets was the young and tech-savvy. Once they were able to organize, promote, and demonstrate successfully other groups who did not use the internet or social media joined in.
Social media played a supporting role in these events, but so did many other factors that need to be considered more seriously. The British government needs to stop assigning blame on social media and focus on their own failures and the realities on the streets which started before anyone even had a mobile phone.
When was the last time you went above and beyond the call of duty?
Whether in our professional or personal lives many of us strive to do more than what is asked of us. Why? Because we expect to receive something in return whether material, psychological, or a mix of both. Some of us have been raised in a culture of hard-work and dedication, told that the more you put in the more you’ll get out. Problem is, this doesn’t hold true in every situation.
While it’s important to focus on what’s expected of us I believe it’s more important to focus on two things: what do we expect from ourselves and is that better than the established standards and expectations? The answer should be an emphatic YES! You should always strive to want something better than what is currently in place. This doesn’t mean becoming a neurotic perfectionist or becoming anti-establishment. It simply means learning to understand the standards and expectations and not concentrating so much on simply surpassing them. Wait. What can be better than surpassing standards and expectations? Redefining them for yourself.
Stop trying to be a super hero. Feeling like you have super powers and working harder doesn’t always translate to better results. Instead ask yourself if you want to keep shooting above the mark that everyone else is also shooting for. Or do you want to be the person that takes a look at that mark and decides there’s something else much more valuable to shoot for.
So take a look at what you’ve been chronically working on and ask yourself if it’s what you expect of yourself or is it just something that someone is expecting from you? If it’s more of the former you’re right on track to redefining what matters to you, not simply surpassing what matters to someone else.
There are three things I’m searching for: extraordinary individuals, powerful social technology, and successful global activism
My study aims to investigate movements organized with the help of social media. It will examine what can be done to inspire and drive successful global activism through social technology by uncovering individual characteristics that help spark and drive social epidemics. In other words, finding the right individuals to help lead the way towards building a type of social platform which inspires, organizes, and drives global activism.
The study is divided in three different areas: the individual, the technology, and the possible applications towards global activism. It coins the term ‘Cosmoholotech’ in the efforts to create a much-needed singular term that describes not only a type of social technology but also a type of individual that can drive social media technologies to inspire global activism. It signifies the ‘order’ needed to bring meaning to our social age, the ‘holistic’ approach to encourage big-picture perspectives, and the technology, coupled with extraordinary people traits, that can reflect these endeavours. The hypothesis is that certain individual characteristics coupled with a certain type of social technology can help activate and control real-world actions and drive them towards success. The intention is that the research will introduce new approaches in the use of social media technologies for global activism and help identify the right individuals to control and drive these changes. Also, the study aims to not only influence the “hardcore” crowd of activists but make it easy for the ever day citizen to find a place within the social platform for his or her cause.