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Benjamin Day
Colorado Springs, Colorado
<font color=white>Transforming Community and Business via Real Relationships
Interests: growth, real estate, transformation, fly fishing, hiking, parenting, reading, mountain biking, social media, conversation, foodie, cross fit, professional heretics
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In the span of a half decade, we have migrated as new beings who have antiquated email and endorsed these secondary levels of communication as our primary-and-standard. I think so much of the privacy conversation is dishonest because it has nothing to do with privacy; privacy is the cause celebre because it's sexy, but it's the symptom on top of our fear. Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2010 at Colorado Springs Community News
Jon: I agree with many of your points on the missed opportunity of a more open, sharing-focused society. My major agreement is your insight on fear. Where I disagree is with 1.) how Facebook uses that information and 2.) that most everyone is participating in something they're not ready for. It doesn't take much for Facebook to reverse the course of their controls from opt-out to opt-in. We make these requirements of iTunes when we buy music, we sign mindless 97 page terms of service agreements before pressing "confirm" all the time. Further, I can say that I have recently had to go from being extremely open and gregarious to more constrained and thoughtful with my privacy settings because of the cross-referencing of an organization like Facebook. I like my comments. I stand behind my comments. I like what I post. But it gets cross-pollinated and re-distributed via the open doors into other people's information. Social media does not move in linear progressions, but forked spokes. One person can intentionally be driving contact and looking to tighten bonds with one other person, or one group, and inadvertently be severing communication with others. Yes, that's always been the case. But the quality of the communication has gone down as the quantity has increased, and the ability to understood by all these different mediums of communication distribution has gone down as they number of mediums has increased. And that's the bigger point: fear of misusing the system and being exposed as an evolutionary simpleton (ironically, just like everyone else in the experiment!). We are in a beta stage that is moving very quickly with a mass audience of 400 million plus participating. But let's face it: face to face communication remains the highest and best form of communication, followed by over the phone, then email. Take face to face for example: there is what is said, and then how it is said. Eyebrows and facial temples communicate amazing amounts of information. Posture? Chin and nose position? If the majority of our communication is non-verbal, and things like inflections, cadence and tone matter greatly, then email and beyond are lacking. I believe video distribution, tweets, texts and chats are all secondary to email communication. However, in the span of a half decade, we have migrated as new beings who have antiquated email and endorsed these secondary levels of communication as our primary-and-standard. I think so much of the privacy conversation is dishonest because it has nothing to do with privacy; privacy is the cause celebre because it's sexy, but it's the symptom on top of our fear. Most experiment participants have brains that have (surprise!) not evolved to the new primary-standard medium. Count me as one of the many. They/I don't know how to chat, text, or video message as a primary form of communication, and therefore consistently stumble, boggle and offend, and then react to the "privacy" factor which allows all this diffuse connectivity. Where I agree with you Jon is that the real driver here is fear. But in turn, I think privacy is the easy whipping boy in the media-driven conversation. It isn't privacy at all. It is our inability to evolve at light speed to a new standard form of communication that pretty consistently fails or embarrasses. What is required of our central processing faculties is pretty astounding, and while there is no restriction on speech per se, there is an evolutionary restriction on being understood. I think that latter part is a portion of the privacy factor: as active players in a mass beta test where the rules get made on the go we are afraid due to our agreements with openness, of being known as failures, broadcasting our indiscretions unknowingly to an increasingly distant, virtual audience we say we know, but really don't.
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The following is reprinted with permission of a friend, Toby Gannett. He's a local visionary, instigator, and (his term) benevolent capitalist. These are his thoughts on the recent passing of the Southern Delivery System. The entire email I received from him is below, unedited. This is the type of civic interaction, discourse and factual debate I am proud to seeing beginning in our city. Today... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at Colorado Springs Community News
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Mar 15, 2010
Thank you Gregg Easterbrook. Because of you, my Colorado College diploma just increased in value by a measure of 5% to 10% this year. Mr. Easterbrook and I are both alumni of Colorado College. He graduated 22 years before I did, but actually sequestered himself inside the bubble of academia south of Uintah and north of Cache la Poudre over the last two years to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2010 at Colorado Springs Community News
http://www.newsweek.com/id/233528 . I just read this book. Sonic Boom makes World if Flat look pathetic, ideological and inconclusive (while it claims to be conclusive). Creating a post on this for later today. More immediately relevant than anything I've ever read, and interestingly, exceedingly comfortable with the present ambiguity of the world. Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2010 at Colorado Springs Community News
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One of the finer values in Colorado Springs is now on the market in highly walkable Downtown Colorado Springs. The wonderful home at 916 N. Foote offers two full baths on the main (extremely unusual), two large bedrooms (including a master suite with sitting area and attached, private full bath), two large main level gathering areas with hardwood floors, picture windows, kitchen updates and new... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2010 at Colorado Springs Community News
Grind it out football requires a team approach. It's pretty hard to generate a team-focused approach... when you practice in a business park. Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2009 at Colorado Springs Community News
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Must be questioned If you have a job, you will need to reinvent yourself (if you have not already). If you are self-employed, entrepreneurial, charitably-minded or vote, you will need to reinvent yourself (if you have not already). If you are a person of faith, lacking faith, a muse or needing a muse, you will need to reinvent yourself... if you have not done so already, it must happen soon. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2009 at Colorado Springs Community News
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As Football Descends in lovely High-Def across America this weekend, people will start chatting about life, the economy, their jobs, and possibly more than one person or family will decide that next year, they need to be hosting the football party, and next year, it needs to be in a bigger family room to accommodate a bigger television. It's the classic, "my experience has just changed so my perspective on everything has also changed" moment that creates Real Estate Fever. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2009 at Colorado Springs Community News
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Gregg (double G to his friends) Easterbrook is my kind of sports columnist. ESPN’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback (not to be confused with Peter King of SI the Monday Morning Quarterback) writes books like The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse, and later this month, Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed. These are like Thomas Friedman’s bestsellers, except even Friedman doesn’t get... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2009 at Colorado Springs Community News
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Gregg (double G to his friends) Easterbrook is my kind of sports columnist. ESPN’s Tuesday Morning Quarterback (not to be confused with Peter King of SI the Monday Morning Quarterback) writes books like The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse, and later this month, Sonic Boom: Globalization at Mach Speed. These are like Thomas Friedman’s bestsellers, except even Friedman doesn’t get... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2009 at Colorado Springs Community News
Starting my new Football Friday Column (yes, debuting Friday, Dec. 11) Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2009 at Colorado Springs Community News
Working on engaging my Wordpress and Typepad Blogs to work together. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2009 at Colorado Springs Community News
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Dec 9, 2009
REI has managed a real trick: getting big an maintaining remarkable. The no questions asked customer service policy cuts trough the expected bureaucratic nonsense and instead gets to a solution. They get the audience because they are the audience. The kind of executive authority rated in a clerk to defy hierarchy and replace a tent, or in another acquaintances story, a Teva he actually shoplifted as a delinquent youth, builds on a sort of outdoor code: "brah, it's cool, we will fix it." that's worth driving miles for... Just as something sacred and wild like The Black Canyon or any wilderness area is worth the extra work. When a giant organization (and realm, REI is) trust their giant tribe, the permission asset is almost limitless. Frankly, REI doesn't have a like competitor, not because others aren't trying to dethrone them; it's because others don't have rival tribes.
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