My respected friend Matthew Shadbolt (Director of Interactive Product & Marketing at The Corcoran Group) wrote a very thorough and well researched article calling on more action in the Raise The Bar movement: Slacktivism: What It Really Means To Raise The Bar. It is a lengthy but thought provoking read that I highly recommend although it did stir some interesting opposition.
As most of you know, my passion is having #ConversationsThatMatter because I believe that conversations and communication lead to understanding, consensus and ultimately to actionable change.
I find huge value in ideas and am fascinated with perception and the ability to shift minds with creative new ways to present those ideas. Our brains are incredibly powerful and we have the ability to reframe how we see our realities and thus actually CHANGE reality. How we speak to each other and share our ideas is as important as the idea itself. (I am encouraging checking egos at the door.)
In the Raise the Bar conversation I am working towards building bridges, and encourage thoughtful, respectful debate because when we choose to focus on the positive, give others the benefit of the doubt and sometimes respectfully agree to disagree, I believe we’re making room for positive change.
Below is an amazing TEDx presentation from Mark Waldman (Therapist and Brain Researcher at University of Pennsylvania) called: Big Ideas and Changing your Brain. He demonstrates how what we focus on literally changes the structure of our brains and directly affects our well being, and invites you to discover YOUR Big Idea!
I look forward to our conversation! #ConversationsThatMatter