Our CSA was running a special on Romas – $1 a pound in 25 pound increments … and my husband decided to buy 2!
Luckily we have fantastic friends who will work for tomato products.
Continue reading Adventures In Canning
I attended Comcast’s inaugural Ted-like event today. It was organized to fit into a lunch hour and featured four talks at 10 minutes each (plus a few TED videos). I enjoyed the content and hope they organize another one soon!
How to Start a Movement
I throughly enjoyed this short video How to Start a Movement by Derek Sivers.
- Leaders have the guts to stand out and look crazy, but leadership is over glorified. The first followers are key – they transform the lone nut into a leader.
- Leaders – embrace and nurture the first few followers as equals. Followers – Have the courage to join someone you find doing something crazy. If you believe in it too, join!
- The movement must be public.
- Momentum transforms into a movement – becomes less risky to get involved.
Importance of Civic Involvement
“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” -Thomas Jefferson
- Your vote and opinion do matter!
- All politics are local
- No matter where you live you are a constituent
- Get involved in your local community
- Talk to your local, regional, and national representatives
- Educate yourself on issues you are passionate about
- Advocate for something you believe in
Designing Immersive Online Environments for Kids
The most important aspects of virtual worlds that are relevant to children (6-8) are identity, self-expression, and community. Use technology as a tool to cultivate creativity and other skills.
- Identity – Give them lots of options (e.g. customizing an avatar); keep it simple, allow for frequent adjustment; encourage experimentation.
- Self-expression – Create environments and objects to interact with; allow for permeant and sharable object creation; create opportunities for exploration; and make it a game.
- Community – Complicated balancing act of privacy rights and safety; set broad rules that still encourage experimentation; balance collaboration and communication.
Other Points of Interest
- Check out Build a tower, build a team by Tom Wujec.
- Turn your vision into a mission statement. This statement gives you something to fall back on when times or situations get difficult.
- The time to forge relationship is always now!
- Getting it right for the customer: Even small percentages of your customer base can be hundreds or thousands of people – are you willing to jeopardize your campany’s reputation and ignore the needs of your customers? Is that really an acceptable risk?
- Elicit feedback. Respond to negative comments by meeting the customer’s needs.