"As America’s newspapers shrink and shed staff," says the New York Times, "and broadcast news outlets sink in the ratings, a new kind of Web-based news operation has arisen in several cities, forcing the papers to follow the stories they uncover." Go check out The Voice of San Diego. Some columnists are saying it could be "the future of Los Angeles journalism: small, independent, online, aggressive and above all smart — content with value trumps attitude, and there are no petty fights or celebrity worship." Interesting. Worth watching.
Dozens of volunteers (including me) joined together at Seth Godin's "Triiibes" website, and collaborated on an e book made up of questions and answers members put before the group. This is our first collaboration, and, aside from the usual bumps in such a project, we got to the heart of the issue and created a document hundreds of thousands of people can read and consider. I say "we" and "our," and yet what I did was miniscule. But that's not the point. If you find this eBook valuable, send the URL to others. It's copyrighted and allowed to go to everyone at no cost, as long as nothing is changed. All of this goes to show that like-minded people who (in a sense) are strangers can, with similar goals, produce something quite amazing via a website (on ning.com). We are just a small group of people who want to help initiate healthy change and the exchange of ideas in settings where no one is patronized. Or to put it another way, where every idea is respectfully considered. The times are still changing.
Goodyear's Goodwill store, to open Friday, October 24, is truly looking out for the community. In addition to bargain merchandise (on a 26,000 sq ft floor), it will offer a coffee bar and career center. Housing the Southwest Valley's first career center, it's open to anyone needing job-hunting help. This includes free computers with Internet access, fax machines, and phones. Goodwill employees will also help clients draft resumes and prepare for interviews. Great community service? Inspiring to others? Role model to follow? You betcha! 🙂
Ann Handley, one of my heroes, just blogged about something significant. To her. And to many others. A week or so after she visited a dermatologist, she "got a flimsy white postcard in the mail from the doctor’s office. On it were three pre-printed options with open boxes next to them, and one was checked off: 'Your biopsy showed a cancerous growth,' it read next to the check mark. 'Please call our office to schedule a follow-up appointment.' In ballpoint pen, underneath, someone had scrawled, 'Basal cell carcinoma.'" Do take time to read this post, and also the responses. Fascinating.