Then take a look at the Greater Good magazine that, “highlights ground breaking scientific research into the roots of altruistic human relationships, and fuses this research with inspiring stories of compassion in action.”
Here’s the best place I’ve discovered (thanks to Shirl Kennedy) to find those lyrics without facing the noise of massive advertising on the pages.
It is called LyricWiki. It already has over 200,000 songs. ResourceShelf’s Kennedy gives it high praise:
“Contributors worldwide are welcome. Users are asked to keep an eye out for typos, vandalism, etc. While monetary donations are accepted, it basically runs as a free service via the generosity of MotiveForce LLC, a software company. There are a few unobtrusive text ads, but that is pretty much it as far as commercialism goes here ….
Navigation is super-easy. You can browse for lyrics by artist, album, song title, genre, hometown, label, or language. (The site is also available in French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Swedish.) Or you can use the simple text search engine, which offers interesting possibilities -- e.g., I found 16 songs that contain the word 'woodpecker' in their lyrics.”
Martin Luther King might have been smiling from the heavens at the flood of people in Davos for the World Economic Forum, eagerly talking about Web. 2.0,online social networks – and all the money to be made when you enable diverse people to create community and, yes, opportunity (aka millions in profits).
King’s dream and the so-called “power of us” enjoyed by us today share at least one trait: support a diverse group in working well together and you can create something bigger and better.
Cedric Herring, Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, looked at data from about 250 large and small companies. He discovered that there was a linear correlation between the diversity of the workplace and critical markers of business success, such as market share and profitability.
Shankar Vedantam covered the results of this Herring Study in the January 15th issue of Washington Post, "Those companies that have very low levels of racial and ethnic minorities have the lowest profits and the lowest market share and the lowest number of customers," he said. "Those that have medium levels do better, and those that have the highest levels do the best."
As my ex-husband says, “Diversity in close proximity with opportunity usually builds bonds.” And a cohesive team that brings greater variety to the table can see a bigger picture faster. That maybe the next benefit, following Martin Luther King's dream (speech that sticks in our minds and hearts today) for a world living and working peacably together.
Here's some excerpts from that speech:
"And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”
Please note, Davos, the power of social media that facilitates deeper, more diverse connections, can mean more profits. Yes, “diversity is a beautiful thing.”
Here’s recent proof that an intriguing image, idea, vignette or very short story spreads ever faster these days – especially if it evokes a strong emotional response.
The emotional cues most likely to elicit a pass-along reaction are curiosity, humor, surprise, “ahhhh” (the “Isn’t this cute” factor), horror, disgust and inspiration or beauty tagging along at the end.
Yet the trailer for “Snakes on a Plane” had buzz too and look how that fizzled because the word of mouth goes just as fast, if not faster, for bad news.
Nowadays who knows where viral marketing ends and social media marketing begins but clearly online social networks (especially those serving fervent niches) will only increase in cultural, financial and political influence.
One remarkable institution in our western culture that’s continuing re-inventing itself to serve a wide swath of people is the public library. Online and in person, I predict librarians will continue to play key roles in serving and participating in those social networks. That’s one of the reasons I’m honored to speak at the Canadian Library Association, along with Linda Duxbury and under the innovative presidency of Linda Cook.
(Bet there are few other places where Borat and librarians are mentioned in the same post.)
One aspiration for many of these author/experts is to share their knowledge from the stage as well as the page - so I am eager to speak to them on that topic and even more eager to learn from them and to explore ways they might leverage more value and visibility together. Who knows what SmartPartnerships might be created with this disparate and adept group?
In the spirit of Craig Newmark, founder of CraigsList (that made an estimated 10 million in 2004 with a 20-person staff), he prefers to remain independent, making more people happy, making more money and having fun - his way (as long as he doesn't continue to let his success go to his head.)
As astute Mark Brooks points out over at "Online Personals Watch", This story gives some insight on Markus. Every American dreams of making big bucks working on their own terms, from home. Markus is the poster boy for the internet fringe of one-man-band success stories. This fringe is growing but it's a rarity to see them pop their heads up. He's ranked #1 in Canada on Alexa, and #6 in the Hitwise USA rankings of internet dating sites.
Frind may be a one-man band in his business yet he’s succeeded by creating a model based on The Power of Us, the “smart mobs”, where advertisers pay to be at the center of action that attracts others.
Perhaps you, too, have an idea for enabling others to do something better together (through you) than they can on their own. Just know the corrollary to the Power of Us is the need to keep improving tostay ahead of the clones.
Here’s to crafting your own “Power of Us” business model to way to attract plenty of fish … and fun. I'd love to hear about it.
Their goal? To encourage more people of all persuasions to join in vigourous conversations about what is happening in their lives and in the country.
This Social network was started by Democratic and Republican politicos, journalists and several people including my friend Bart who have started previous social networks.
One founder, “Ron Fournier, one of the country's most respected journalists, was observing his readers' behavior change and co-authoring a book, Applebee's America, about this audience and the community-building potential of the Internet. “
While their opinions may differ widely they are all hungry for the satisfying “hot soup” of civilized conversation about what most matters to them.