I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This post has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client.
Where do I begin?
When I made the decision to attend Blissdom ’13 back in the spring I had no idea what to expect and I had no idea how much inspiration I would walk away with.
From the first moment I walked into the Delta Meadowvale in Mississauga I was greeted by the friendly staff who took my cart-full of luggage, bags and electronics up to my room. Back downstairs I registered, took a deep breath and found my way to the Newcomer’s Meetup. Walking into the room, full of people I had never met, I hesitated and wondered if I should slowly turn around and walk back up to my room. No one would know, right? Instead, I walked over to someone who was standing alone, stuck out my hand and introduced myself. I don’t think I’ve met anyone who enjoys standing alone in a room full of people, myself included. After that first introduction I continued to stick out my hand and meet many more people over the course of the weekend; so many that it was an overwhelming weekend of meeting awesome, inspirational and empowering people.
One place I had the pleasure of hanging out in was the Collective Bias Suite, where Tetley Tea and Pure Via were set up. I took a much needed break on their comfy couches and got to meet the great people working there. I found out more about their great products such as Tetley’s new Pure Ceylon and English Breakfast Teas and Pure Via’s Stevia and Turbinado Raw Cane Sugar and Stevia Blend sweeteners. I was also excited to hang out in there because of their sponsorship of the Social Etiquette Workshop.
The Social Etiquette Workshop featured an amazing panel of people: Glennon Doyle Melton (Momastery.com), Carolyn Forde (Westwood Creative Artists), Glen Canning (glencanning.com), Jesse LaBelle (jesselabelle.com) and Neil Hedley (Dadditudes.com) who led the session. Neil offers the following:
“There’s a lot of buzz in the world right now about cyberbullying, and the devastating impact it has on our kids – that’s best personified by someone like Glen Canning, whose nightmare is still very fresh. But I think there’s a tendency among the adults to toss their hands up and say, “I have no idea where kids are getting this from,” when in fact they get it from watching us. Racism, violence, bullying – they’re all learned behaviors. I know that’s not going to be a popular statement, but it’s absolutely irrefutable. Being kind online – and in real life – is no different. If our kids see us doing that, they’ll do it too.”
Social Etiquette, in our fast-paced world of social media, definitely needs to be taught in our local high schools, elementary schools and first and foremost, in our homes. We need to educate the people around us that the way we respond (whether it be tweeting, messaging, etc.) has a definite impact on those around us and, in the end, speaks volumes about the kind of character we are.
We’re reminded in Macklemore’s hit song ‘Same Love’ that it’s so easy to say hurtful and hateful things “behind the keys of a message board”. Every day I see messages or comments on websites that people leave that offend, put down, degrade, humiliate, or embarrass other human beings that I often wonder what kind of world we live in.
How can anyone feel like they have the right to treat another human negatively?
Our actions and words impact people way beyond the words of a computer or phone screen. They have lasting impact. Impact that the person typing out those words may never realize.
Is that what we want for our world?
What you put out into the world will definitely be what you get back. Make it positive.