My main goal is to make our society wake up to reality; what’s happening to the world, and what each individual needs to do to help stop it. I’m not perfect though…no one is. But I do recycle, think about what I eat, and buy organic products when I can; the little things that would make a huge impact on our environment if everyone did them.I confess to not being a regular reader of Huffington Post until very recently. I actually didn’t know much about its founder either, Arianna Huffington, until I had the pleasure of hearing her give one of the keynotes at IIR’s”THE Conference on Marketing” last week. Arianna was a great speaker and an inspiring lady. Here are a few points Arianna made during her presentation that I jotted down:
- On polling in politics: The dominance of polling is a weakness of our system. Polling is not a good predictive science. Only 25% of people asked actually respond to polls; it’s a small minority of bored and lonely Americans who want to talk to strangers. Polling undermines leadership. It’s like astrology; not to be taken too seriously: “Pollstrology.”
- On creativity: Holding grudges blocks creativity. Also there is certain creativity that we miss if we are sleep deprived. For men, sleep deprivation has stupidly been tied to virility. It’s a badge of honor for men to boast that they get only a few hours of sleep per night.
- On “disconnecting”: We’re paying a heavy price for being always-on, always connected. Practice “Email-free Fridays”.
- On double-standards that women face: Here’s a gem of a quote:
“For a man to be called ruthless, he has to be Joe McCarthy. For a woman to be called ruthless, she just has to put someone ‘on hold’.”