Stop Complaining about Lineups and Just Vote!

Dear “frustrated advance poll voters” in Canada. I really think that we should be treating the fact that there were such long lineups at some of the advance polling stations this weekend as great news. That’s nearly a 35% increase [update: it was actually a 71% increase! – confirmed by Elections Canada] over the last federal election, and you were a part of it! The more people participate in the democratic process the better it works. Please keep things in perspective and realize that a minor inconvenience in your schedules for a few hours approximately every 4 years is not a lot to ask for given how lucky you are to be a citizen of this great country. Continue reading “Stop Complaining about Lineups and Just Vote!”

State of Social Media Monitoring Survey

Once in a while, my organization CEPSM.ca conducts research geared at public sector and non-profit marketing/communications professionals. The research is meant to benefit the entire community as it addresses knowledge gaps in the industry. A few weeks ago, CEPSM partnered up with Environics Research Group to launch the “State of Social Media Monitoring in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors Survey“. If you haven’t yet responded, please do so asap. The survey takes less than 3 minutes to fill out. Continue reading “State of Social Media Monitoring Survey”

The need to disconnect, visualized.

The second I saw this, I knew I had to post this up. Thank you to my colleague Benedict Chia Bing Howe in Singapore for sharing this wonderful Thai ad. So what is it? A powerful advertisement depicting the growing trend of people letting technology manage their lives rather than the other way around. Those of you that know me or have heard me speak know that I always like to emphasize how important the human element is in the world of social media compared to technology. If you let the latter dictate, you will lose out on life all around you. Instead, people need to realize that the social tech tools all around them are best used as enablers and augmenters of new and existing relationships, not replacements. If this ad interests you, I suggest you read “Hamlet’s Blackberry” by William Powers, my favourite book of 2010.

It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing initiatives like this here in Canada…