Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Facebook Creeping is not as much fun as it used to be

So a couple of days ago Seth Godin wrote about how surfing the web is a good thing unless you are aimlessly wasting time [which is terrible]! So that got me thinking about facebook and how it is solely responsible for wasting so much time and effort and energy. Think about all the time you have spent creeping people you know or you wish you knew. As mind numbing as this activity is you loved the thrill of what you may find next. What about the friend you had not seen since grade 8? Often though you were left to feel disappointed in how boring ppls lives are and even mad as to how bad they are at hiding it but you just could not stop yourself from wanting more of it.

Well I am happy to report that this activity is diminishing. Just like the popularity of the old talk shows such as sally jesse or springer that you used to watch for the pure shock value so has facebook creeping decreased in shock value. You pretty much know the friend who can't stop posting stupid drunk pictures, the stranger who travels for exotic places every week and you have already deleted the person who thinks everything their kid does deserves posting on facebook.

I think facebook is in its decline and I am happy about it. Facebook: you had it coming!!

Recently I was introduced to a community program called Timeraiser. A program that looks to bring together people looking for opportunities/work/networking/developing skills and not for profit organizations that very much need the time and energy of young people.

Similar to any fundraiser, the Timeraiser volunteers have to go through the same steps and processes in order to organize events and generate buzz - but the end goal is to raise volunteer time rather than money. In many ways this is more difficult to accomplish as time is scarce and you have to committ to future time in order to participate in this event. But the rewards are incredible.

The concept was born when the founder of the time raiser program was in university and he found himself at a fundraiser auctioning art and he had no money to give. But he loved the art piece. What he did have was time and that's how he got the idea of creating a organization that brought together art, volunteers and not for profit agencies. The idea is brilliant really. Especially for young folks who are looking to develop skills in a particular fields you can view this as an internship opportunity where you get to gain breadth and experience. This is also an awesome way to network and meet professional people in various industries. Finally, there is no better gift to give than time and though we can all agree we have very little free time I am willing to bet most of us can make time (if we care enough to do so).

Here is an overview of how timeraiser event works:

The next Timeraiser is happening in London, Canada May 13th @ Club Mansion!!!

p.s. I wonder how often we get an idea to do/change/create something for the better and we let it slip away and forget about it

Thursday, May 6, 2010

All of us are people pleasers. Even you. From an early age you learn that reward awaits those who "do as they are told" and we continue into this path well into our adulthood. It is only human nature to be liked and fit in and impress and please. Do you ever wonder if you are actually pleasing the right people? Your boss? your kids? Your spouse? your friends? Maybe all of the above. The interesting thing is that we try to do our best to make other people happy but not sure if we often stop to see if we are making ourselves happy. What if every decision you made going forward was based in making you happy? Would your decisions be different or very much the same?