Wednesday, June 09, 2004

teaching public prayer

Are you searching for a way to teach others how to have a public conversation with God? Would you like to do this by example instead of lecture? Here's an idea.

Next time you are around the table with some friends and you are waiting to eat, practice prayer this way. Get everyone’s attention and say, "Before we eat (at this moment people are expecting you to bow your head and pray. Instead lift your glass and continue…) May God grant us grace, life, and good fun!"

The "Toast Method" of prayer seems to work well. I have a friend who is using it and at the end of one of his “toast/prayers” someone from across the table said, "Amen."

Monday, May 10, 2004

photo finish

Oh My! News by Million Camera Phones

An interesting short piece from Ohmynews on the sociology of personal technology:

When Japanese national team scored a goal, the soccer stadium in Japan was instantly filled with thousands of flash lights bursting out of ubiquitous Nikons and Canons. Korean team equally electrified whole Korea as they beat European power houses game after game until they were finally qualified for the semi-final. Scenes in the Korean Soccer stadiums couldn’t be different more.

Whenever their beloved team scored a goal, unlike their Japanese counterparts, Koreans opened their shiny clam-shell phones and furiously hit keypads to share ultimate joy with their family and friends sending SMS or voice mails. Far more important to Korean cyber generation rather than simply recording the events as Japanese did, it seemed, was to share their bursting emotion with others and network with them.

Similar scenes were repeated last Friday when they watched their favorite President impeached on live TV. They flip opened phones and called or sent SMS, alerting their friends to this shocking political incident. The instant protest followed that evening near the National Assembly building that drew more than ten thousands protesters could not have happened without these cell-phone calls and SMS.

Nearly two years have passed since the last World Cup and the streets of Seoul are now filled with millons of camera phones. An interesting question comes to mind. If the World Cup was held two years later in 2004, how would young Korean cell-phone addicts have behaved? The answer: take pictures and email them to their friends.

What would happen if people who came to your service on the weekend would report to their friends via cell phone photos? What would they report?

Thursday, May 06, 2004

a community building event

Pacman on the streets

PacManhattan unleashes the old arcade game on the streets of New York. Students from NYU 's Interactive Telecommunications program marked out some city streets, donned costumes of game entities, and played out.

Attentive Smartmob readers will recall that an earlier version of this was launched in Singapore, in 2003.
(thanks to dens)
Posted by Bryan at 07:19 AM |

we shall not take ourselves too seriously

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious. Brendan Gill

learn, unlearn, relearn

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. Alvin Toffler

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

teach your children well

The Optimistic Child

The Optimistic Child
You can teach happiness

Optimism is not a mere sunny outlook on life, nor is it simple self esteem. Rather it is a type of self-knowledge that can make people healthier and happier. And 20 years of controlled scientific clinical trials have proved that it can be learned. Furthermore, optimism can be taught to children. There is probably no better gift to kids (your own or others) than to teach them how to train themselves to be happy. If for no other reason than the fact that pessimism leads to illness and depression. This book is based on large-scale programs that have taught kids of all backgrounds and dispositions how to be more optimistic.

-- KK

The Optimistic Child
A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience
Martin E. P. Seligman
1995, 336 pages


Why should we bother? Isn't pessimism just a posture with no effects in the world? Unfortunately not. I have studied pessimism for the last twenty years, and in more than one thousand studies, involving more than half a million children and adults, pessimistic people do worse than optimistic people in three ways: First, they get depressed much more often. Second, they achieve less at school, on the job, and on the playing field than their talents augur. Third, their physical health is worse than that of optimists. So holding a pessimistic theory of the world may be the mark of sophistication, but it is a costly one. It is particularly damaging for a child, and if your child has already acquired pessimism, he is at risk for doing less well in school. He is at risk for greater problems of depression and anxiety. He may be at risk for worse physical health than he would have if he were an optimist. And worse, pessimism in a child can become a lifelong, self-fulfilling template for looking at setbacks and losses. The good news is that he can, with your help, learn optimism.


Optimistic children explain good events to themselves in terms of permanent causes. They point to traits and abilities that they will always have, like being hard-working, likable, or lovable. They use "always" when they describe the causes of good events. Pessimists think in terms of transient causes. "I was in a good mood," or "I practiced hard this time." Their explanations of good events are qualified with the words, "sometimes" and "today," and they often use the past tense and limit it to time only ("I practiced hard this time."). When children who believe their successes have permanent causes do well, they will try even harder next time. Children who see temporary reasons for good events may give up even when they succeed, believing the success was a fluke.

Posted on April 21, 2004 at 01:04 PM

Monday, May 03, 2004

unexpected tradition

Traditions are group efforts to keep the unexpected from happening. Barbara Tober

a motto to eat by

Never eat more than you can lift. Miss Piggy

taking care of friends

A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire. Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Friday, April 30, 2004

becoming a tribe

How to Make a Decision Like a Tribe

Next time you're in a meeting, watch the rituals of business: the dueling egos, turf protection, talking-without-listening. Maybe it's time for a different kind of ritual. Something old.

This is a time for tribes to emerge as church. We must consider acting more like family--more tribal than team.

will this kill u.s. cloning forever?

God, Send a Realistic Tech Flick 

In movies, anyone who dares to use a newfangled technology to "play God" almost always opens the "gates of hell."

Bad things emerge: Computers take on evil personalities, wars get started, secret matrixes are developed. Godsend , a new film starring Robert De Niro, Greg Kinnear and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, is no different. Jessie Duncan (Romijn-Stamos) and Paul Duncan (Kinnear) agree to clone their son Adam (Cameron Bright), who was killed by a car when he was 8 years old, but wish they hadn't when the clone starts behaving erratically.

The movie is the kind of publicity that people who want to outlaw all human cloning could only dream of. Whether the filmmakers realize it or not, the message is clear: Scientists who want to clone are evil, or mad, or both; cloning should not be done, period.

taking the sermon home

File-Sharing Is, Like, Totally Uncool

NEW YORK -- Oh, how far we've come from the 78, the 45, even the CD. Now, minutes after your favorite band sounds its last note on stage, you can load a live recording of the concert onto a cigarette-lighter-sized hard drive hanging off your keychain.

Take it home, toss the digital files onto your computer and then e-mail it to all your friends with the message, "Dude! These guys are awesome!"

Do you think people will do this after we preach? Maybe we could promote this kind of activity.

Sunday, April 25, 2004

saving lives?

Fast Talk: Life Savers

It is the most important industry the world will ever know--keeping people alive. It's a huge undertaking by physicians, researchers, product engineers, and more. We asked some of the best: How do they save lives?

Are we in this business?

saving lives?

Fast Talk: Life Savers

It is the most important industry the world will ever know--keeping people alive. It's a huge undertaking by physicians, researchers, product engineers, and more. We asked some of the best: How do they save lives?

Are we in this business?

saving lives?

Fast Talk: Life Savers

It is the most important industry the world will ever know--keeping people alive. It's a huge undertaking by physicians, researchers, product engineers, and more. We asked some of the best: How do they save lives?

Are we in this business?

falling in love

A Little Help from Your Friends

Ah, love -- digital style. You no doubt know of Friendster , the online social networking Web site. In only a year, the service has gained cult status, particularly among the 20-something set, by capitalizing on two ideas: first, that everyone in the world is connected by no more than six degrees of separation, and second, that the best romantic matches are the ones we find through our friends. On Friendster, members post profiles on the Web and invite their friends to post profiles, too. As people invite more friends to join, they can see the exponential growth of their networks -- and can directly contact those friends of friends. Members can provide testimonials affirming their friends' date-ability and can suggest matches of people who might want to go out on a date. The site is addictive -- it claimed more than 6 million users in early March and spawned a new pick-up line: "Are you on Friendster?"

Could we find some help at Friendster to encourage people to fall in love with Jesus? Hmmm... Did I mention that networking may be a key?

people power

Network Effects

How do Web companies get so big so fast? By embracing the most important strategic mind flip of the 21st century. A world governed by networks is rewriting the rules for how you build companies, market products, and create value.

We could learn a lot by paying closer attention to networks and how people connect--how they actually connect not the way we think they should connect.

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