Everything Begins With You
We are all unique in our own way. Inside of us is a lifetime of experiences, friendships and memories that make us who we are. If we are so inherently different from those around us then why is it so easy to get lost in the shuffle of people constantly fighting to share these stories and experiences? We all have something to share, but successfully sending out our messages into the world can prove to be difficult sometimes.
Over the last decade there has been an influx of platforms and outlets which allow us to speak our minds for better or worse (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Whisper). Each outlet has its own positive and negative traits which you would need to experience to decide which is best for you. The choice is highly subjective depending upon what it is you have to say, share, or what your goals are.
Our main objective is to shed light on the reality that even our personal stories and experiences, can be subject to fierce competition. The best way to describe this phenomenon is that we have a lot of “stories to tell” and not enough “story-tellers”. We don’t have enough evangelists representing those who can’t speak as loudly as some. Our experiences show that working along side those who may not be willing to speak out, for whatever the reason, makes it easier for them to share when they have the support. Which leads us to our next topic of discussion.
“No Two Face Are The Same”. – Japanese Proverb
In the previous section we discussed the importance of “story-telling” and why we need more of it. Something as significant as the people and their experiences, are the cities that they live in. An old Japanese proverb says “no two faces are the same”, and the same could be said for our cities. We have had the fortune to watch and see the residents of various cities in the United States such as Austin, Seattle, Los Angeles and New York, while also spending time abroad in France, China, Spain, Mexico, and Canada. There are many places we left out, but the point is that no city, no person, nor the interactions are the same, making every place unique.
Every city has its own “vibe”. The “local cuisine” is different, the culture, demographics, casual phrases, experiences, everything. Some of the experiences that were shared with us could only be experienced in the places these stories were told. There was geography involved and references to certain landmarks and monuments. Imagine that!
Cities deserve storytellers to. People that travel to visit a city need to know about the amazing people who live their, the places to stay, food to eat, and culture to embrace. You could go to the website that the local government put together under 5 hours, or the story of the city could be told by someone whose sole purpose is to tell stories in a lively and vibrant way.
“Have you ever seen Big Fish“?
A Healthy Balance Of Change
If you aren’t someone who considers themselves working in the “tech industry” then there may be a common term you haven’t heard of. It is called an “O-2-O” model which represents the online-to-offline interaction that a person may have with a particular brand or product. For example, soon you may notice that Amazon will be opening up stores, or Costco may give you certain deals online which you can apply in-store (offline). The importance of understanding this is because some people believe that social interaction could take place 100% online in the future, while some are skeptical if not borderline fearful of this. Some people believe that you can never replace human interaction between two people.
While it is important to embrace change gracefully one cannot depreciate the value of our past. We would not be where we are today if we didn’t do it together. If we (humans) suddenly stopped interacting with one another (i.e. meeting, greeting, mating) we would cease to exist, but the sentiment around the world seems to say that we are more divided than ever. The best way for you to stay grounded while accepting change is accept both your past, present and potential future. Billions of people have migrated to social networks which is great as it proves that there has been a seismic shift in the way we interact with one another, but we cannot forget about the importance of “face-time”.
In 2016 MySociety organized over 5 events in Los Angeles that brought together small, intimate groups of people at a time. The results were amazing. Anyone can throw a party and invite 40 friends, but it was bringing together 40 strangers that considered themselves to have nothing in common which made it unique. These people may not have met otherwise, but when everyone realized the simple reasons that brought us together they started to let their guards down. Other than a few groups of people that already knew one another it was in the end our stories, experiences and commonalities that made the parties fun. By the end of every event people started asking when the next would come, and how they could be apart of anything that we did in the future.
It may come as a surprise to you, but even our youth educational school systems take pride in representing who they are and where they come from. It is so natural for us to show off our school colors and pride because we have a large group of people doing the same. It is much more difficult to do things alone compared to having 10,000 or more supporters.
For the majority of us family isn’t about where you lay your head, but who you do it with. You love and hate family just as equally but you have their back (as they do yours) when the time comes. No matter how deep that hatred could ever run, you support your brothers and sisters. We see examples of this everyday and now more than ever with recent tragedies that have shaken our homeland.
Our cities, states, and neighborhoods are like extended family. You don’t know everyone in the area, but chances are you’ve run into them on your way to work and probably even hurled a few expletives at them in rush hour. The point is believe it or not, it can and will be this same group of people who support you especially when things get rough. The concept of family lies dormant in every person, neighborhood and city. All we need is a reason that brings us together more often.
Join Our Family
In conjunction with everything that we discussed earlier about the stories we have to share, the eclectic cities we live in and the commonalities that we share, it has been our goal from the start to shed light on the amazing things that we have waiting for us to exploit. Every person, in every city, in every state, within each country has something to share and the opportunity to connect with people from one end of the world to the other whether it be online or offline is as easy as it’s ever been.
This is the catalyst that we have waited for and if you have something to share we want to personally invite you to join the MySociety Social Network. MySociety’s goal is to connect the people of our world one person, one neighborhood and once city at a time, through the amazing stories and experiences that we all have.
“You have something to share and we are here to make it happen”.
Thank you for reading!
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