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Dear Time Magazine, Your Interface is Horrible

if I got to make the rules…no product is released to the market until its designers had lived with it for 6 to 12 months and tested it thoroughly…this poll is a perfect example of why we need a rule like that.

Posted in Consumer Issues, Customer Service as Marketing, Democracy, Diversity, Ethics in Government, General Commentary, media-general, Politics, poverty, Shel's Personal Life, Technology, Web 2.0/Social Media Tagged with: , , , , , ,

The Good Side of “This Call May Be Monitored…”

Lesson for the future: any time I am in a customer service dispute involving an oral promise, I need to remember that *I* can ask them to go back and listen to the original call. The worst they can say is no.

Posted in Advertising, Business Ethics, Consumer Issues, Customer Service as Marketing, Shel's Personal Life, Transparency vs. Secrecy Tagged with: , , ,

A Non-Christian’s Perspective on Christmas

I happily go to Christmas events. What I object to is the assumption that everyone is Christian, that this is a universal holiday, and that other cultures don’t count (or are tokenized

Posted in Activism, Branding, Demographics/Psychographics, Diversity, Ethics in Government, General Commentary, language, Psychology, Shel's Personal Life Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

10 People Who Changed My Life

It hurt like hell at the time, but on reflection, I realized he was right. And I changed my behavior!

Posted in Activism, Copywriting, Democracy, Diversity, Environment, Events, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, Peace and War, People Helping People, Shel's Personal Life, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,

Nonviolence is the OPPOSITE of Passivity

numerous new methods of organizing that were used by other active nonviolent movements such as Occupy and Standing Rock…nonviolent resistance works better than violent resistance. If we engage in violence, we play to the strengths of the opposition.

Posted in Activism, Democracy, Environment, People Helping People, Protests and Crackdowns, Psychology, Shel's Personal Life Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Best Response Ever About Why Guilt and Shame Don’t Work

The example she gives of the young man confronting his father shows exactly why guilt and shame don’t work. Not to confront racism or other isms, and not to protect the planet

Posted in Activism, Diversity, Environment, Events, language, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, People Helping People, Politics, Protests and Crackdowns, Psychology, Shel's Personal Life, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,

Where Do We Find Our Courage?

As an activist for more than 40 years, I’ve been very lucky. I’ve really only risked my life or serious injury a dozen times or so. I’ve never had to spend time in a real jail…I will not allow fear of my own death to keep me from doing the right thing.

Posted in Activism, language, People Helping People, Politics, Protests and Crackdowns, Psychology, Shel's Personal Life, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

How Old Is Too Old to Start a Business?

my chapter leader was a 75-year-old fireball who had taken up yoga and become a vegetarian at age 70

Posted in Entrepreneurship, General Commentary, Green Business, Psychology, Shel's Personal Life, Social and Economic Justice Tagged with: , , , , , ,

As Bad As Things Are, We Still Can Laugh—And This Made Me Laugh A LOT

uncanny ability to get deep into our angst, to express all the fear and worry we face, and to be side-splittingly funny…a perfectly captured 20-second cameo by Jeff Sessions…and Hillary chomping down on WHAT?

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Democracy, Diversity, Politics, Psychology, Shel's Personal Life Tagged with: , , ,

What I Told the Democrats, and Why

Remember: you are in someone’s email box because of the recipient’s good graces. Don’t abuse the relationship or overstay your welcome. If you annoy, you don’t get read, and eventually

Posted in Advertising, Branding, Copywriting, language, Marketing Techniques and Philosophies, Politics, propaganda, Psychology, Shel's Personal Life Tagged with: , , , , , ,

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