Michael B. Maine Media Justice League showed this video to conclude a media literacy course we taught at the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV). I don’t want to spoil the presentation, but listen to the message Porter sends to both men and women. Pay special attention to the audience’s reactions during the talk. Tell us what you think in the comments below.
Michael B. Maine “The first follower is what transforms a loan nut into a leader.” -Derek Sivers The video below is of a Derek Sivers’ presentation at TED. He speaks about the important of the first leader. We often talk about leadership, but often forget about the importance of followers. Sometimes it’s more courageous to be the first follower than the first leader. Watch more thought provoking videos and engage in
This is the back of the card of a TED employee. I think this says it all. If only more businesses had taglines like this. If only more businesses lived this type of philosophy. If only more businesses operated like this. Think of what we could accomplish together. Michael Maine is the founder and chief strategy officer of Menrva Labs , working with small businesses and non-profits to build sustainable business
Michael B. Maine Now, I’ve never watched a Star Wars movie (I know. I actually have been living under a rock), but I was readingSex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, by Chuck Klosterman where I came across Jedi Master Yoda’s quote, “Do, or do not. There is no ‘try.’” At that point I put the book down and reflected on what I just read. I agree with Yoda. When we attempt something, we have to pursue it as though there is no opt
Michael B. Maine Can we encourage positive behavior by making things fun? The folks over at The Fun Theory do. They held a competition inviting people to provide ideas on how to make everyday tasks such as throwing away trash, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and recycling more fun. They simply ask the qustion, “Can fun change behavior for the better?” Here are some of their submissions.
Lauren Bleser We don’t have all the answers on our own. We don’t possess all the skills necessary to get the job done. Collaboration is one of the greatest keys to success. We gain a fresh perspective when we work with others, learn from them, communicate and clarify our own goals, and get feedback. When we are connected with people within our field or someone who has a contrasting or supporting role, we are sure to
Never Again In 1994 over one million men, women, and children died in the Rwandan Genocide. Two weeks into this mass atrocity a journalist, aware of the slaughter, called congress woman Patricia Schroeder. The journalist asked Schroeder point blank, why is our country not responding to this travesty? Why is this not on the front page of the New York Times? Schroeder responded honestly, “I have had over 100 phones
We all know kids are curious. But somewhere along life’s path a lot of people lose that curiosity, letting the routine of life sap their inquisitiveness. At age 30, I still haven’t lost my curiosity. I love to learn, inquire, and grow. I don’t want to be the same person today I was yesterday, a week ago, or last year. So, I don’t think someone like me can stay away from a TEDx event for too long. TED has exposed me t
Last year at TEDxSanAntonio our audience was treated to a new technology that allows paraplegics the ability to walk once again through bionic technology. Eythor Bender and his company, Berkeley Bionics, demonstrated this amazing achievement as Amanda Boxtell, an ardent athlete and paraplegic, walk across the stage of the Stieren Theater through the assistance of eLegs. Hardly a person in the audience kept their emo
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jennifer Milikien, 210.829.1953 firstname.lastname@example.org San Antonio, TX (July 20, 2011) – Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 15, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. when some of the city’s greatest minds will converge on a single stage. The independently organi