If you want to change the way people
think, you can educate them, brainwash them, bribe them, drug
them. Or you can teach them a few carefully chosen new words
with the power to change the way you see the world (or as the
Germans would say, these words might warp your Weltanschauung).
- Howard Rheingold, They Have a Word for It
Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will
always have the best part of the story.
- African Proverb
He aha te kai o te rangatira? He Korero, he korero, he korero.
(What is the food of the leader? It is knowledge. It is communication.)
If we don't engage in constructing a new framework, then we
will find ourselves unprepared for dealing with complex, difficult,
Is our storytelling keeping up with our diverse cultural reality?
the Anglosphere, ABC
Give people a fun, exciting 'catch' activity and use that as
the baseline from which more meaningful dialogue can evolve.
- Tom Walter, comment posted on Storytelling
Would the people who do not know how to communicate please
- Tom Lehrer
Attention is scarce -- more valuable than cash and rarer than
gold. When you get some, embrace it and find out how to get
- Chris Brogan and Julien Smith, Trust
To listen well, is as powerful a means of influence as to talk
well, and is as essential to all true conversation.
- Chinese Proverb
How do we listen to Earth's distress call?
It's never too late to pick up the phone.
- Michael Franti, Everyone
How about we do something more powerful, more meaningful?
What if we helped cities express themselves and share their voices? My first thought was to ask the people of Pittsburgh
what they want to share with the world. That's one way
to think about it. My next thought was to give them the tools,
show them how, and get the most authentic voice.
- Chris Brogan, How
Bloggers Can Work With Tourism Boards
The question of where the money goes is, of course, one of
the hardest to pin down with hard, reliable figures because
vested interests are either trying to prove it does indeed 'trickle
down' and benefit everyone in the local community, or that it
most certainly doesn't. But from just talking to many low-level
tourism workers around the world - the chambermaids, the taxi
drivers, the waiters etc - I must report that the latter seemed
to be much nearer the truth. Improving the quality of the data
available will clearly help to better answers all of the questions
you raise about tourists having the knowledge to book the 'right'
holiday, or for communities to make the best decisions about
how the manage and nurture their destinations.
If you use email, you have a spam filter. You block out the
sales pitches, fake information, and random noise that constantly
flow toward your inbox. In the coming week, I urge you to expand
your concept of what constitutes spam by shielding yourself
against all the other junk food for thought that besieges you.
Be ruthlessly discerning about the toxins that spew from the
radio, TV, Web, newspapers, and magazines. Minimize your contact
with narcissists who think 'conversation' consists of you soaking
up their compulsive self-revelations.
- Rob Brezsny, Free
I have so much information but know not what to do. I could
call you on the telephone, but that would be too much for me
- Poi Dog Pondering, Sound of Water
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
- Pablo Picasso
I'm a part of a circle of friends and we notice you don't come
around. I think it all depends on you touching ground with us.
- Eddie Brickel, The Circle
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is
also what it takes to sit down and listen.
- Winston Churchill
Improving communication is often #12 on a 10-point priority
When you hang out with Mexicans and you speak Spanish, you
are in a different México.
Talk to each other.
- Keb' Mo', Peace
When you know you are listened to, everything changes.
Many people want to want to communicate.
We all want freedom of speech, but we all talking at the same
- Michael Franti and Spearhead, Yell
Everybody wants to tell their neighbors how to live. But nobody
wants to listen to how they feel.
- Michael Franti and Spearhead, Is your love enough, Yell
Why do I want to speak in Spanish when I won't understand the
Erst in der Beschränking zeigt sich der Meister (The real
skill is not showing all the data, but in being able to give
Wolfgang von Goethe
The voice of the people is the voice of God. (Vox Populi, Vox
What would you like to communicate?
What are appropriate topics for small talk?
Our critics are our friends, they show us our faults.
- Benjamin Franklin
I believe in all that has not yet been spoken.
- Rainer Maria Rilke
Don't talk about the weather.
Being strapped for funds -- the norm for conservation in Olancho
-- should never be reason for inaction. Some of the most important
and genuinely sustainable projects are extensive conversations
which don't cost anything.
- Mark Bonta, Seven
Names for the Bellbird
Who do we need to listen?
- World Bank official, cited in Reflections
from the World Bank
Have your say.
- Popular expression
It is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.
- Popular expression, Mexico
Start looking forward to opening the lid of your mailbox again.
- Martin Hughes, Slow Guide Melbourne
El correo es tuyo ¡úsalo!
When you greet a stranger, look at his shoes.
We'll bookmark that page.
Your thoughts are not automatically in other people's heads.
The challenge of 'thinking outside the box' is communicating
If the earth spoke, would we listen?
Let's give them something to talk about.
- Bonnie Raitt
When a man is deprived of the power of expression, he will
express himself in a drive for power.
- José Arguelles, quoted in Original
What are the things we don't talk about?
A conversation occurs when two or more people listen to each other over time.
Conversations are blessings.
Knock three times on the ceiling.
- Tony Orlando
What life by yonder window breaks? It speaks and yet says nothing.
- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Don't hide your light under a bushel.
- Jesus, Sermon on the Mount