Mariah (McMillian) Bohannon

Social Entrepreneur, MicroAlly
Saraland, AL, United States

About Mariah

Bio

Creative problem solver and professional lifelong learner. Two year business management grad. Founder of MicroAlly.com

Languages

English

An idea worth spreading

Brilliant ideas occur when people come together to share experience, intuition, knowledge, and love. Each person has a unique perspective to share during the formation of efficient and effective solutions. Ideas are never complete and should constantly adapt with society and the environment.

I'm passionate about

brainstorming effective solutions to real world issues and self-directed learning

Universities

Kaplan Univeristy

Talk to me about

Collaborations on social change projects or obtaining information from the general public about the feasibility of your ideas.

People don't know I'm good at

absorbing knowledge

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Mariah (McMillian) Bohannon
Posted about 2 years ago
How important is it to you to take action on the basis of what you learn?
Well, after determining if your planned action will be effective for those involved, I think it would be best if you look into your personal values. Sometimes it can be a difficult decision to make but only you can make that decision. Try creating a life purpose statement that describes HOW you want to live instead of WHAT actions you will take during your lifetime. Then go back to your life purpose statement before taking action to make sure it aligns with how you want to live. It may not be perfect, but at least it gets you moving if movement is what you seek.
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Mariah (McMillian) Bohannon
Posted about 2 years ago
How important is it to you to take action on the basis of what you learn?
Sibin, You're right in a sense, but I think that the bold ideas are what come from within, not necessarily the decisions. Let me speak from my own experience here and say that I spend most of time brainstorming (and researching) a very wide variety of topics. During this time, my brain is storing away all kinds of novelties for future use, but I won't know when I need to use them until that time comes. Now, fast forward a bit to a time when I do need to make a spur of the moment decision. I've been storing novel ideas for quite a while now and my brain has plenty to draw from...sometimes even mixing ideas together for better effect. So I am now able to make a decision that's bold and innovative right there on the spot. So to backtrack to Fritzie's original question (hi Fritzie), the importance of taking action on the basis of what I learn is directly guided by the context of the situation. I may be in brainstorm mode where I'm just toying around with thought puzzles or I may be in a situation that warrants pulling out the old file cabinet of ideas from those brainstorming sessions. Basically, if I keep learning, I'll always have bold ideas to use when it comes time to make instantaneous decisions. And no, I didn't reseach this reply, just in case you were wondering lol.
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Mariah (McMillian) Bohannon
Posted about 2 years ago
A liaison service that sends suggestions from the general public to creative problem solvers who can directly provide effective solutions.
These quotes are pulled from their site: "How do you decide on the challenges? We’re always looking for new challenges for OpenIDEO.com. We’re looking to work with organizations that would like to address problems for the social good. Please get in touch if you have an idea" "Who can post challenges? Organisations or individuals can sponsor a design challenge, as long as it’s for social or environmental good. All OpenIDEO challenges require financial sponsorship to help underwrite our own costs associated with managing the challenge and providing tech and community support. Do you have a challenge idea?" It says individuals can sponsor a design challenge. Don't know if that means they can submit one too...
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Mariah (McMillian) Bohannon
Posted about 2 years ago
A liaison service that sends suggestions from the general public to creative problem solvers who can directly provide effective solutions.
Fritzie, I looked over both sites and I have mixed feelings about both. Let's start with OpenIDEO. Correct me if I misunderstand, but they provide a platform that allows creative thinkers to provide ideas for presented social challenges. That's a great idea because effective ideas stem from collaborative brainstorming. On the down side, they only accept challenges or problems from paying organizations. That's understandable if there are costs of presenting ideas to the network but it makes me think. Are the challenges just marketing ploys of the paying organizations or are they something people really need a solution to? (p.s. some "homeless" people are happy with that) By design alone, the site alienates those who don't have access to computers since you have to sign up to share your ideas. Everyone's perspectives are important to effective solutions, even people without computers. In all, I think this is a great opportunity for people who enjoy volunteering their time and have the means to participate online. As for the Institute for Human Centered Design, they are doing a great service to those who go unheard due to lack of access. I do like the fact that they allow students to design the accessiblity features though. It gives them a chance to grow personally and professionally. The downfall I see here is that they depend on companies to step up and want to make their businesses accessible. Most companies are focused on their bottom line so it may be a rare ocassion that this actually happens. I think their goals would be best suited to working directly with those who lack accessibility options, the companies who need to offer those options, and the government to enforce cooperation. Overall, it's pretty cool though.
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Mariah (McMillian) Bohannon
Posted about 2 years ago
How important is it to you to take action on the basis of what you learn?
sibin, Sure. Lots of people act without fear of failure, at least on the surface. I know some people who are confident in everything they do, regardless of why that confidence exists (not caring about the outcome, naturally optimistic, positive reinforcement from others, etc). I also know some people who are more confident in taking action after research. Then there are those who aren't confident in anything they do and are the most affected by fear of failure. I happen to fall into the category of people who find more confidence in taking action after research. Now you have me wondering how many other categories are lurking out there and how many other self-directed learners find confidence in the learning process as well...
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Mariah (McMillian) Bohannon
Posted about 2 years ago
How important is it to you to take action on the basis of what you learn?
You bring up a good point Fritzie, I am an introvert, but if something strikes me as important enough and it matches up with my values, I will uncomfortably take action. I'm even willing to work through feelings of possible failure. However, I also brainstorm to a degree that I've pretty much talked myself right out of that fear. If I fear failure, then I take it to mean that I haven't come up with the most effective solution to a problem. In other words, I am more inspired to take action when i have developed what I feel is the best possible soultion to the problem I aim to solve.
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Mariah (McMillian) Bohannon
Posted about 2 years ago
How important is it to you to take action on the basis of what you learn?
What a thoughtful reply Robert. I comepletely agree with action after research. Not to say that sleep walking parents or the KKK can't teach us anything. They are capable of teaching us what not to do if our minds are opened at some point during our lives. So I would like to add that conscious thought is also an important part of researching and taking any type of action in regards to what you've learned, regardless of where you've learned it from.