Questions of change

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Another question

After writing yesterday’s entry, I found myself think about another of Warren Berger’s questions:

What if we made 1 small change?

I’m often guilty of wanting everything to change in a hurry. But it’s probably much smarter to build momentum, and maintain momentum, through a series of small changes. Let people get used to the changes, help them to see incremental progress, rather than facing an insurmountable obstacle.

Of course, you really need to know what tennis ball you’re chasing before you can plan even 1 small change.

The potential for change

This quotation has been buzzing around in my head for a couple of days – sometimes positively, sometimes less so. I’m not going to expand upon it, it speaks for itself.

 Until you acknowledge the choices you are making, and the daily habits you choose to follow, you cannot fully appreciate the potential for change that your life possesses.

Allyson Lewis

Let the future begin!

I (officially) start a new job today.

After a lengthy (ongoing) reorganisation – during which my previous job disappeared – I’m relieved that the stress and anxiety of not having a job are behind me. I’m excited by the new challenges that I’ll be facing, and conscious that some of my colleagues are still facing uncertainty about their future.

It’s also the beginning of advent, so there’s an added tinge of anticipation… and reflection… and, it’s high time that I started to write some blog entries.

Over the past couple of months the song “God’s great dance floor” has energised and inspired me (see the video below).

Two tips if you’re going to watch the video:

  1. watch full screen, pump up the volume and clear some space for energetic movement;
  2. pay attention to the trumpet player and the bouncing bouncer!

More incoherent ramblings to follow 😉

Who is my digital neighbour?

Last week I was listening to a podcast by Chris Brogan, in which he talked about being a good digital neighbour.  He was encouraging us to be more proactive in posting reviews of all sorts of products (books, podcasts, apps…) that we consume in digital forms.  Following on from yesterday’s entry, I think that we should take that a step further and incorporate general consumer products.

If/given that we will be buying more stuff online from now on, our experience is likely to be enhanced if there are honest reviews to consider before making a purchase. Yes, I know that there will be some unethical/inappropriate reviews placed by companies seeking to promote their wares. But if we, ‘the people’ behave like good digital neighbours and post our reviews, maybe we can outweigh such behaviour.

I know that I haven’t been consistent on this, but I’m planning to change that. And, some of those reviews may end up here – but only for 5-star stuff or the occasional 4-star entry that tickles my fancy!

The changing nature of shopping

First of all, let me be clear – shopping is not a recreational activity in my book. It is simply functional. So, having cleared that up, we can proceed.

pfmlogo1On Saturday we went into town, mainly because there is a (highly recommended) farmers’ market on the first Saturday of every month. Great produce, lots of variety and interesting stuff, good advice available but not cheap.

Before going to the market I was wandering around the streets and I noticed that another two shops had closed. Both had been well-established businesses in the city; both had good reputations; both provided good advice in my experience. They sold quality products that were not cheap. And if you read these descriptors and compare them with what I wrote about the Farmers’ Market you will see a significant degree of similarity.

So why is the Farmers’ Market (apparently) thriving, while shops are closing? I don’t know the intimate details of the shop closures, but I speculate that they were suffering from the competition from online sources. Unlike the market, they were offering generic products, readily available from online sources, but at a much lower price.

And as I’ve been ruminating on this situation, I’ve been asking myself, ‘Would I pay extra to buy from a local shop?’. I think that I would, but only up to a point. I’m happy to pay a bit extra at the Farmers’ Market, but for general consumer products, the gap in prices is just too great.

Any thoughts?