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William Fisher

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Motivating Leaders

Dan Ariely makes the point that simply looking at someone's work motivates them to do more.

I believe we should be motivating leaders to do more. Consider a concept which would highlight the work of ordinary people who are making a impact. This concept involves creating short documentary style films which show the person's passion and the difference its making in the lives of others.

Over the past ten years I've met women/men who have started after-school programs, hold fundraisers and complete community service projects. Often times its not about the money raised or the project itself but about getting people in the community working together. Shouldn't we highlight the work of these people?

What would mean to a young woman who started an after-school program to have a film where she can express her passion in an interview which she can share with her friends.

What would it mean if online communities like TED helped share her film and pushed it into 100,000 views.

She'd have a renewed since of meaning in her work, right? We may see other people begin similar work across town. And across the country.

How else can we motivate leaders? What role does social media play?

..I look forward to reading your thoughts on this important matter as we celebrate July 4th.
thank you for reading.


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    Jul 4 2013: I think William, that you are brushing on elements of a topic that will in my opinion come more to the fore as time moves forward.

    The internet/social media is really only in its infancy at the present time. I have noticed that free to air tv shows are now being made from youtube best of type clips!

    Marketeers the world over I am sure are busying themselves with the knowledge and science of how to make something "go viral" on the net.

    No man is an island and you will probably find that most great leaders had also a very good support structure of influential others such as advisors, wives (or husbands) etc to help them in their tasks.

    Social media clearly could play a part in this as one person/leader would influence/inform another and vice a versa. True leaders don't create followers but other leaders!

    So it is feasible to me that the short documentary concept could play out so that for example as areas of interest. That is, a collective would be compiled of subject related material, eg: how to harness energy from the sun, or a wind turbine, or the ocean, or even from peoples feet moving over footpaths!

    What you have said also contains thoughts that I have posted in another conversation on TED, with respect to leadership and spreading of a message.

    To me there are two basic paths open.

    The first is much as things are now in the world whereby disparate people from disparate causes and countries reach out into societies and try to spread their message.... and there are literally heaps of extremely worthwhile causes all trying to vie for "YOUR" attention. This to me could perhaps be better done with:

    This second option:
    A collective of Earth Citizen Leaders, develop a task list in priority order of what needs to be done! Eg end world hunger... (Big picture task), that then needs to be broken down into specific objectives. Resources are then focused on these objectives and worked thru.

    Local scout hall's may still need fundraising etc but world tasks are met
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      Jul 4 2013: Hello Time Traveler-
      Thanks for writing. I've seen images of the future where everyone is working together to stop all the pain and suffering no one wants to talk about. The power to change those big problems lies in us as a collective group. Individually we are near powerless so its easier just to go about our day-to-day without using our energy to affect because we feel the powerlessness.

      But social media is changing that. Collectively, as a single mindset communicating to those small groups of individuals who hold the power we can use our togetherness to invoke conversation, create pressure and force change.

      Here's a film presentation of what we have been working on-I think leadership should be a topic of conversation today given our country was founded by a group of powerless individuals who got together to send a message! Happy 4th. please consider sharing our film in your own social media space. We're at 300 views in the past hour and half.

      Thank you

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