For People First
Three Minutes and Fifteen Seconds Of ‘WOW’
My thanks to Adrian Gropper for the source that came to him via The Digital Collective – who are part of the People-First ecosystem ….. after a short back and forth in our discussion forum where I brought this article up ….
When pressed for an example of a misuse (of the iPhone), Ive confessed: “perhaps constant use.”
“I do think it’s just sometimes nice to have space,” he said.
“I think we fill space because we can—not because we should.”
You see – it is all connected. So much so that Moby and Jonny even have the same haircut!
“Mass customization, on-demand local manufacturing, and local sustainable power are trends that suggest that centralized hubs can, and hopefully will, disappear in the coming decades. It may be the second coming of the customer as king.”
Nailed. In a nutshell. If you will pardon the mixed metaphor.
I for one hope so – in fact – let me go further it may be the second coming of people assuming their rightful position in the world, pushing corporations that do not respect people back and deeply into the history books.1
John then went on to quote
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.2
W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming.
Reproduced here in full:
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)
THE SECOND COMING
Can Catch You Unawares
After the call Britt shared these links … which I wanted to store away for posterity as I think. Ultimately, some of this might make its way over here, but not yet.
“Neo, no one’s ever done anything like this”
“That’s why it’s going to work.”
One of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting this past weekend.
I didn’t know him, he looks a nice guy. He was shot while dancing with his son.
So why am I writing about John specifically? Well, because I have now received two emails from people I know checking in with me, apparently confusing Phippen and Philpin. (Easily done … it’s an odd name.) Suffice to say, I am alive and well. Sadly John (who I did not know) is not.
“One minute he was dancing with his son, and the next minute, he was being carried to a car, fatally wounded.”
There is a GoFundMe site to help his children. According to SignalCV, “John Phippen ran a home remodelling and repair company in Valencia called J P Specialities.”
According to The Los Angeles Times, “He was dancing next to his son, Travis, at the country music festival in Las Vegas when he was struck by a bullet in the lower back. Travis, an emergency medical technician, carried his father to a car” that rushed to the hospital, but it was too late.
“Today, we lost an amazing, wonderful, selfless, sweet soul of man to a senseless act of violence in the Las Vegas Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting,” it reads.
“My name is Leah Nagyivanyi and I was a Santa Clarita neighbour and a friend of John’s for 17+ years. My husband Paul and John had become very close over the past three years. All of us spending time in the Sand Dunes, Havasu and doing lots of beach camping. We intertwined many of our friends and to say we are devastated by this loss is an understatement. If you didn’t know John you surely missed out. He had a heart that was larger than life and a personality to match. You felt like you knew him for years the first time you met him. He was a simple man who enjoyed the simple things in life and having fun doing them.”
Phippen was remembered as a man who “had your back from the moment he met you and by having your back that could mean, having a cold beer in your hand when yours was empty or if you needed help with your car or in our case, your sandrail, your house or you just needed to chill. Even if you were someone he had never met before but were in need, he was there for you.”
It’s not just for taxis – it’s also needed for good grammar
Originally published over at Taxi Leaks, this provided a chuckle this morning and happens to sit at the intersection of two topics dear to my heart. Uber and Accurate Language. (Slightly edited for better flow and consistency with this blog’s style.)
“licence” is a noun
“license” is a verb
(in British English, the Americans use “license” for both )
Hard to remember UNLESS you think of ” advice ” and ” advise ” , which work exactly the same way but their respective pronunciations give them away.
FYI ” practice ” and ” practise ” also work the same way
SO to choose a random example :
Uber have lost their licence
Uber are no longer licensed
Uber were not deemed fit and proper to hold a licence
TfL’s licensing decision re Uber was the right one
Uber are appealing against the loss of their licence
We all hope that Uber are not relicensed
Hope that helps !
Who is Vaughan Williams? Producer of the stage play from the movie ‘The Knowledge’
They Need To Be Understood
But there is so much more.
For the longest time, my sentence description for what I do is ‘translate’
Tech Speak to Business Speak.
Sales Speak to Marketing Speak.
English Speak To American Speak.
Corporate Speak to Customer Speak.
I didn’t start that way … but when I look back at what I have done and attempt to explain what some would consider to be an eclectic career – that is the common thread. Back in 2012 I wrote this.
I was prompted to write this as I was thinking today about a dialogue I had with a good friend of mine around the People First initiative … dialogue modified to make sense out of context …
ME: I am thinking that IF People First is focussing on the
futurepresent of work …. (since ALL language you read is really about impact on corporations and society – not really on the individual), then one aspect I want to be talked about is IF you are an individual – what is the language YOU should use?
For example …. I am not ‘talent’. You are not going to ‘acquire me’, so why does a corporation talk about ‘talent acquisition’. On the flip side – I have mobility and can move around and YOU dear corporation have to jump to this piper, who is playing my tune.
Make sense ?
Friend: Makes sense.
I don’t frame it as a ‘corporate and you’ thing.
I frame it as an understanding, sense making and modelling thing where the refreshed and healthier models can live in various contexts.
ME: I frame it as the interface / intersection where the translation occurs. That is where I hang out, always have done – which in turn plays to …
“ an understanding, sense making and modelling thing where the refreshed and healthier models can live in various contexts.”
Flagging and highlighting this now and will come back to it later.