For those who can’t tell from the blog post history, I’m just about getting grounded here. Adjusting to Boston is hard, and adjusting to being [anonymous] again after a long sojourn in [Costa Rica] proved even harder. I came in lagging behind technology and friendships, which lost me the competitive edge at [Small Planet]. Most of my files for [Massachusetts Power Shift] are [lost in Panama], my [paid radio advertisements] there never returned results. But: despite technology, work, and communications failure, this has been one of my best semesters yet.
How? A hundred little failures means another year out of personal recession; another year avoided the mainstream dullness of small talk and classes, and a new resiliency that proceeds with the confidence of experience. Confidence, and decision making. Upon personal failure, one learns a perspective of infinite possibility and creativity. (as anyone who’s been [searching for a job] can attest.) Join me, for a post that is both revelatory and informing, revolutionary in a word and inspiring in its clarity.. What’s wrong and powerful reframes.
You hear it all the time: people are more “distant” these days, people are always rushed here; unfriendly; no real connection, easily distracted.. and becoming more so. It’s a glassy-eyed haze that has decended over the city, and I’m wondering if I dare enter and work from within it. Coming from pura vida [Costa Rica], my own set of technology (travel netbook and old laptop) was grossly unprepared for the frontlines of Boston. This new one (HP 10.1 from Verizon, running Ubuntu and Google Chromius) has been a good workhorse, though.
I guess my work with technology could be described as from the edge of new media, not as content consumer but as producer and influencer of trend. I manage a few twitter accounts regularly, you can follow me at http://twitter.com/eddiemill or add @Stepitup09, and @NewEntry (new project!) for clean energy or farm updates. I use facebook, but will skip the “social” front-page news to work on my farmville, a beautiful organic coffee farm. Has all this technology brought me closer to my goals? Probably not, as it’s alienated the only girl I love, but I hope that by finally having control over technology that it does not control me. It’s been proven to be good social capital ..
This party feud is silly. Environment stands a chance, if health care moves on or goes to hell before December. I hope to god that Clean Energy can pass. The urgency of the situation isn’t dire yet, but it will be in 10-15 years without action. It’s a test of human capacity to act on something where [impacts- Hansen article] are largely still unknown. But, it’s also good for the Economy. My work in the #StepItUp movement says the key to our messaging, lobbying, and activist efforts are in clean energy stimulus plans. After all, do you want a job in energy efficiency, sustainability, or reducing the impact of Capitalism? #Cop15 Copenhagen represents a chance… visit their [Youtube site: http://bit.ly/TfpEa] to learn and get involved: http://bit.ly/TfpEa [link]
SJSF has really got me down. Every time I work on a message that will be really effective, I get an email in my inbox saying that I don’t have the right to speak for the group. Communications, that which was one of the foundational pillars of human society has been lost from the heart. In a time of struggle, we need real meetings, real listening, being together just for fun, small talk and social circles. Strained through technology and the heirarchy, it loses it’s appeal. In an end to this section and post, I’ll reference you to something I found useful: Communication and leadership. It’s an online version of my reading in Paul Farmer, May You be the Mother of 100 Sons, and Barack Obama, trying to be a Leader.
A leader needs his people support. Thanks for reading!
What have I learned?
getting one hundred things half-right
Getting the small things right:
clear mind, reset once a day
the joy of healthiness
..all but my superiors.