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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

S.E.W.E.R.S.

In mid 2003, I received a letter from Wake Forest University from a man by the name of Eben Alexander, Jr. MD. (R.I.P. 2004) He heard about my front porch philosophy on an interview I did with CNN, and wanted to send his regards.

Dr. Alexander also informed me about an association called "S.E.W.E.R.S.," which stands for "The Society for Encouraging the Wearing of Emblems on the Right Hand Side."

As the president of SEWERS, Dr. Alexander offered me a lifetime membership to the organization. He sent me this membership card:


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Anyway...pretty stiff argument for wearing nametags on the RIGHT SIDE, huh? Well, I still believe in my visibility philosophy - but to each his own.

LET ME ASK YA THIS...

What's your biggest nametag pet peeve?

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Scott Ginsberg
Author/Speaker/That guy with the nametag
www.hellomynameisscott.com

Monday, November 29, 2004

Break the silence


Are people afraid to speak up - especially at work? Scientifically, humans are afraid to do so because of a fear of being judged/rejected.

Jevon has a great post on this called Break the Silence.

LET ME ASK YA THIS...

Why do you think people are afraid to speak up at work?

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Scott Ginsberg
Author/Speaker/That guy with the nametag
www.hellomynameisscott.com

Friday, November 19, 2004

The Journal of Mundane Behavior


The Journal of Mundane Behavior, co-hosted by the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Millersville University and the Department of Sociology and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Fullerton, is a blind peer-reviewed scholarly and publicly-oriented journal devoted to the study of the "unmarked" -- those aspects of our everyday lives that typically go unnoticed by us, both as academics and as everyday individuals.

If you've never read any articles from this journal, you're missing out!

Here's one called Waiting Outside the Atlas Café: A Study in Community

Here's another good one called Away Message

LET ME ASK YA THIS...

If you could write a journal article about any mundane behavior, what would it be?

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Scott Ginsberg
Author/Speaker/That guy with the nametag
www.hellomynameisscott.com

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Hey...what's your name again?


Here's a great article from the American Psychological Association about effective ways to remember names.

Also, Fast Company posted a great blog on the same subject.

LET ME ASK YA THIS...

What's your most embarrassing name-forgetting story?

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Scott Ginsberg
Author/Speaker/That guy with the nametag
www.hellomynameisscott.com

Monday, November 15, 2004

Have you ever IM'ed your roomate?


Are we so dependent on technology that we forget how to communicate face to face? Check out this video short from Picture Show Films - it's absolutely brilliant.

LET ME ASK YA THIS...

What medium do you use the MOST to communicate interpersonally?

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Scott Ginsberg
Author/Speaker/That guy with the nametag
www.hellomynameisscott.com

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Electronic Nametags


nTAG Interactive, LLC was started by Rick Borovoy and George Eberstadt. By using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and "wearable technology," attendees of trade shows, conventions and meetings can connect with each other through the use of electronic nametags.

GREAT idea. But isn't it ironic that the goal of stimulating social networking and face to face interaction is accomplished through a computer?

LET ME ASK YA THIS...

What are your preferred nametag styles?

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Scott Ginsberg
Author/Speaker/That guy with the nametag
www.hellomynameisscott.com

Thursday, November 04, 2004

That one person who changed everything


Social network analysis [SNA] is the mapping and measuring of relationships and flows between people, groups, organizations, computers or other information/knowledge processing entities.

This article has an awesome diagram that gives new meaning to the phrase "Six Degrees of Separation."

LET ME ASK YA THIS...

Have you ever had a brief encounter with "that one person" who changed everything?

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Scott Ginsberg
Author/Speaker/That guy with the nametag
www.hellomynameisscott.com