What are you really about?

Your time is limited

See, because part of my job is to spend ridiculous amounts of time in social media I notice the noise more than usual.

The noise is what we are all saying. The shouting. Everyone in his or her corner saying, “this is what I am about!” Whether be an organization, a brand, a church or an individual, everyone wants to communicate to a watching world this (whatever “this” might be) is important and you have to hear me.

For the most part, I’m part of that noise as well (perhaps even louder than most because I’m a professional noise maker), and like everyone else I too believe that my noise is worthy to be heard.

But that noise we are all doing can’t just stay in social media. I believe it needs to lead into actions. It means we need to observe and see what it’s our role.

Are we helping a cause by raising awareness, or are we just making everyone numb about things that should matter by creating static with all our noise? Is there another point of view? Do I have the authority on the subject? What are my blind spots?

And then, evaluate our intentions. Are our offline actions reflect what we say it’s important online or are we using the megaphone of Social Media to get some attention to ourselves or to excuse us from doing something concrete on support of which we believe?

I’m not talking about hypocrisy or giving up social media to have a “real” life, or trying to vilify the merits of social media… there is a lot of noise on the subject already too.

What I mean is that it is time to begin listening. We can’t keep screaming from our corner without joining conversations (not beginning arguments). The potential for the sharing of ideas and coming up with solutions is really limitless.

It means that we need to look at ourselves and see if what we are doing or saying really reflects our interests or if we are only following trends because the News, and the noise of social media is telling us to keep shouting the same thing as if something changes because WE ALL care  OH SO MUCH!

We need clarity. We need to know what we are about. And then, we need to act on it.

According to my news feed on Facebook this is what is trending… But it doesn’t mean that’s the only thing I should care about. Are you with me?

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Busy at Work or Busybody

I don’t like to excuse myself, Dad always used to tell me “In this life there are two kinds of people, people who give results and people who give excuses, the first ones don’t need excuses.”

So I won’t, although in my title I kinda did 😉

I really wanted to share a couple of things I’ve been working with my team at Amor.

The first one is a video of what it means for a family to participate on a mission trip building homes for those in greatest need.

Aug 2013 Three Day from Amor Ministries on Vimeo.

And the second thing I want to share is a super creative campaign that we’ve envisioned to get a new server for Amor. Yes like you read it, a new server. Not the most exciting thing to rally for, but at Amor like at many organizations of our size a server is in many ways the heart of the operations. We are in the business of building homes for those in need, to bring hope and give incredible mission experiences to those who join us and everything happens thanks in part to Mr. Server.

“Let’s retire Mr. Server” is the first campaign I’ve created of it’s kind. You know I’m not good at asking for money (Not fully funded yet, but God willing I will by the end of this year :)) Yet, it has been fun to create this character.

Basically we only have two weeks to raise the funds our “IT guy” has deemed indispensable to have a performing server and not have any more blackouts…#ITproblems… And tell me about it, poor guy had to cut short his paternity leave to respond to a couple of emergencies with the poor old guy.

Watch it and let me know what you think.

Mr Server Retirement from Amor Ministries on Vimeo.

The website for the campaign is

http://www.crowdrise.com/retireAmorserver