Monthly Archives: July 2012
It is Throwback Thursday people!!!!!
I am at a conference in Colorado at the moment. Several conversations I have had reminded me of this post. So, I am sharing it again!
I grew up in Texas and have always been pretty conscious about being ‘green’. But then I moved to Seattle and –hello– I was out of my league. I quickly realized I was not as eco-friendly as I thought. Perhaps some of you will someday find yourself in a situation needing some assistance with a very ‘green’ crowd. Sure, you want to learn, but your home isn’t solar powered yet. So, how can you fake it till you make it? Here are some thoughts…
1. Know the Lingo. You aren’t an expert yet, but there are a few words you can sprinkle in that will elevate your credibility with the enviro-crew. Try and drop the words ‘thinking globally’ , ‘ sustainable’ , ‘carbon footprint’ and if you are feeling really confident ‘ genetically modified organisms’ or GMOs for short.
2. Grow Something. Basil, flowers, tomatoes … it doesn’t really matter. Just grow something. Having pots around your house gives you street cred… and if you need to escape a convo about growth hormones in meat you can always say “Excuse me, I need to tend to something in the garden.” Who can argue with that?
3. Divide by Two. Not four wheels, two. Roller blades, bikes, scooters, two feet…If it involves two instead of four then you win. Unless of course the four wheels are a Prius…then they win.
4. Get Your Meat From A Local Butcher. This helps you on two fronts. First, its just plain good for you. Knowing the source your meat comes from gives you the opportunity to know what went into it and how it has been handled. Second, your vegetarian friends will give you a pass if you tell them your meat is locally & sustainably raised. Win, win.
5. Grow a beard. This obviously only pertains to men ( I hope). A beard is an outward manifestation of your inner beliefs. Plus, beards are in style.
6. Throw An Earth Day Party. Everyone loves a party. If you throw an Earth Day Bash then you are pretty covered for the rest of the year. Just make sure you use actual dishes & not styrofoam. Thats a dead give away.
7. Bring Up The Polar Bears. A lot of conversations regarding environmental issues and stewardship can be a bit complex. Some scientific terms you may not be familiar with. If a discussion should go beyond your realm of understanding, I suggest bringing up the polar bears. They are endangered and their plight is pretty straightforward. If global warming increases that means that the ice will melt. If the ice melts the polar bears will be in serious trouble. It’s a pretty obvious plot to follow.
8. Join the Sierra Club. You can put the newsletters straight in the trash…err, recycle bin…Just place the decal on your car & the card in your wallet. Voila! You have just joined the Eco-Fraternity.
9. Take Lots of Supplements. It seems that the environmentalists I know take gobs of supplements. Fish oil, omega 3, herbal vitamins. If you grow your garden (see #2) large enough and start a small fishery in your yard, then you will eventually be able to skip this step. Until then its up to the supplements. Keep a stash around and pop them when your friends are looking.
10. Get a Tarp. I can’t exactly tell you why you need a tarp. It just seems like the perfect prop for an eco-friendly person. It says ” I go camping” , “I collect my own firewood”, or “I have shelter in case of a natural disaster”.
Hope these tips are useful as you ‘green’ up your life. The environment isn’t just for hippies anymore. Jump on the bandwagon. Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.
This week I am at a conference in Colorado, so I will be reposting a few of my favorites from months past. Enjoy!
Today I decided not to become a Guru. It all started when I signed up for Klout. If you don’t know, a Klout score is a way of measuring your influence. You can set up an account & it shows you your score & compares you to other people you know.
Great, another way to compare myself to those around me. I understand a tool like that is useful for companies or individuals whose jobs involve social media. But, for the rest of us?
I sat there & looked at all my friends who had higher scores & were listed as having expertise in a certain area. There was no expertise next to my name. Bummer. I guess there isn’t an expertise field for Mongolian horsemanship or babysitting for murderers. Maybe I should quote more books?
Next I saw a barage of articles on how to improve my Klout score. A list of topics people respond to & how I can work to gain influence. I read all the articles on how to be a social media Guru. I felt the pressure to fix my lame score. How can I get more followers? How can I increase my retweets??? I was in a tailspin of social media depression. Gee gosh.
Fine, Klout. I’m not an expert. I don’t tweet leadership tips or recipes. I’m just a normal person. Is that so bad?
Charlie Sheen has a really high Klout score, but I don’t know that many people would say he has influenced their lives. Having a lot of people know you makes you famous. Having people actually take what you say to heart & follow your advice…that is influence.
I think about the people who have influenced my life the most. They probably aren’t even on twitter. They didn’t gather a massive following, instead they sat down with me one-on-one.
I’m not saying that Klout is bad. I do want to know how to maximize social media. But knowing your neighbor’s name is pretty important too. Remembering a friends birthday (without facebook reminding you) is a rare form of relationship these days.
Do I still want to beat my husband to a million twitter followers? You betcha.
I want to make a difference.
But, I’m not going be a Guru. I’m gonna influence, but I’m not keeping score. Sorry Klout.
|My sweet simple son.|
When I was in 10th grade I took geometry. I don’t remember my teacher’s name & I don’t remember geometry. Something about shapes? Clearly it was an effective educational experience.