Which of These 3 Topics is The Most Important For You in 2014?

The very successful story curator UPWORTHY recently asked it’s quite large audience this very important question.

“…we asked you what you felt were the most important topics: the big issues of our day that deserve more focus and attention than they generally receive in the media.”

They then narrowed down the responses to three.  Just three.  It made me wonder which one of the three you guys think is the most important.  So let’s narrow it down from three to one.  Please tweet or post in the comments below which one resonates most with you and I’ll post which one attracts the most responses.

#1 Climate Change and Clean Energy

Topic 1

#2 Income Inequality and Poverty

Topic 2

 

#3 Human Rights

Topic 3

 

You cane read the full post on UPWORTHY here.

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What It Means To Be A Dad To A Daughter

Jemma and I in BuzzFeed.

Jemma and I in BuzzFeed.

Yesterday, to my surprise a picture of myself and my daughter Jemma appeared in an article on BuzzFeed.com.  I’m not always going to react well to seeing pictures of my daughter thrown around the internet by people who don’t know us at all – but of course if I put it out there this can happen!   However on this occasion I was more than good with it.

Being a dad to a girl is a wonderful privilege, you feel it but you’re not always able to describe it.  This article used pictures to illustrate thirty unique aspects of this special relationship and I’m thrilled that Jemma and I are included.

Somehow it seems like proof that I’m a good dad… the most important goal in my life.

Please check the article out and let me know how it made you feel: 29 Reasons There’s No Bond Quite Like A Father-Daughter Relationship

And I thought I’d throw this video up that was taken last night.  It’s Jemma and I talking our special language, a few moments captured in time between father and daughter.  By the end we’re losing it…

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Happy Mothers Day To My Mum & All Mums!

Thoughts I’d create this post to celebrate my mum (Australian spelling) and to celebrate all the moms (American spelling) out there.  You know it’s true what they say, that parenthood will change your perspective on your parents.  Now that I’m the proud dad to Jemma, I really do appropriate my folks more and more every day.

Whats makes our situation more challenging is my mum lives on the other side of the planet!  I really don’t like being so far away but no more so than on Mothers Day.  But not only does she miss out of me taking care of her, she misses out on spending time with Jemma, which might be the hardest part of all.  Despite this, every Monday without fail mum jumps on Skype and been able to build a wonderful relationship with Jem, so much so that when Jemma hear’s that Skype sign-in sound she stops, looks at me with mouth and eyes wide open and says “Oh Nanna!”.

Mums are incredible, their love is unbeatable and this quote sums up how I feel about mine.  To all the mums out there, Happy Mothers Day!

Mum

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A Picture Worth a Thousand Memories

A beautiful picture. But for me so much more. It’s a beautiful memory of my childhood and makes me homesick. I have driven past this maybe thousands of times. As a kid it was rundown, the jetty didn’t exist, the building a broken shell. I always wanted to swim out and explore what was inside. I imagined all sorts of things inside. As an adult I’ve run past it and cycled past it, but’s it’s contents still remain a mystery to me. I love that it has a new lease on life and that generations of kids will drive past it like I did, and wonder…

A magical place for me.

A magical place for me.

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Change by Chapters

I’ve been thinking about change and the role it plays in our life after having a chat with a good friend recently and these words keep rolling around my head…  ”There will be many chapters in your life.  Don’t get lost in the one you’re in now.”

I think sometimes we get lost in the reality of our life today, and we forget that change is actually the only constant, not our current situation (although sometimes it can feel that way).   I thought to share this as I think many of us despair at how things are now, this can be a reminder that we have the ability to write new chapters for ourselves and that new chapters are indeed coming our way.

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The World’s (Funny As Hell) Perceptions About Australia!

Being an Aussie in the US I had to share this pic and the below Q&A to give you guys a glimpse of some of the more amusing perceptions of Australia that us Aussie’s experience.  These were posted on an Australian Tourism Website and the answers are the actual responses by the website officials, who obviously have a great sense of humor!  Believe it or not I have actually been asked a few of these questions.
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Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia ? I have never seen it rain on TV, how do the plants grow? ( UK).

A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die.
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Q: Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street? ( USA )

A:Depends how much you’ve been drinking.
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Q:I want to walk from Perth to Sydney – can I follow the railroad tracks? ( Sweden )

A: Sure, it’s only three thousand miles, take lots of water.
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Q: Are there any ATMs (cash machines) in Australia ? Can you send me a list of them in Brisbane , Cairns , Townsville and Hervey Bay ? ( UK )

A: What did your last slave die of?
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Q:Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Australia ? ( USA )

A: A-Fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe .
Aus-tra-lia is that big island in the middle of the Pacific which does not
… Oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Kings Cross. Come naked.
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Q:Which direction is North in Australia ? ( USA )

A: Face south and then turn 180 degrees. Contact us when you get here and we’ll send the rest of the directions.
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Q: Can I bring cutlery into Australia ? ( UK )
A:Why? Just use your fingers like we do…
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Q:Can you send me the Vienna Boys’ Choir schedule? ( USA )

A: Aus-tri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is
Oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Kings Cross, straight after the hippo races. Come naked.
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Q: Can I wear high heels in Australia ? ( UK )
A: You are a British politician, right?
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Q:Are there supermarkets in Sydney and is milk available all year round? ( Germany )

A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of vegan hunter/gatherers.
Milk is illegal.
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Q:Please send a list of all doctors in Australia who can dispense rattlesnake serum. ( USA )

A: Rattlesnakes live in A-meri-ca which is where YOU come from..
All Australian snakes are perfectly harmless, can be safely handled and make good pets.
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Q:I have a question about a famous animal in Australia , but I forget its name. It’s a kind of bear and lives in trees. ( USA )

A: It’s called a Drop Bear. They are so called because they drop out of Gum trees and eat the brains of anyone walking underneath them.
You can scare them off by spraying yourself with human urine before you go out walking.
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Q:I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth. Can you tell me where I can sell it in Australia ? (USA )

A: Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather.
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Q:Do you celebrate Christmas in Australia ? ( France )

A: Only at Christmas.
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Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go? ( USA )

A: Yes, but you’ll have to learn it first

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Band of the Week: Ivan & Alyosha – Seattle’s Newest Thang!

If you haven’t heard of Seattle band Ivan & Alyosha, my guess is you’re about to hear a lot about them.  Their folk-pop, harmony rich, full length debut album titled “All The Times We Had” drops next Tuesday 2/26, and it’s receiving a lot of praise.  I’ve had the album for a couple of months and I love it.  My tip is that they, along with Pickwick, will be the next bands to successfully rise out of Seattle’s very healthy music community and take their places along side recent Seattle success stories like The Head and The Heart, Allen Stone, and Macklemore.

Ivan & Alyosha are about to get big and it couldn’t happen to a nicer crew of guys.  Over the past two years I’ve had the opportunity to get to know them personally, largely due to the fact they’ve headlined two “Gigs4Good” benefits for the nonprofit I founded, Team Up for Nonprofits, and I’ve also helped them out with their social media strategies.  My take away from my time with them is that the term “nice guys” really applies here.  For further proof, they have also streamed multiple live performances to sick kids through the Melodic Caring Project.  I’ve had a great opportunity to witness first hand their growth musically, and as a marketer and former band manager, these guys really get me excited because they have all the ingredients for success!  They’re very talented – their harmonies are sweet (proven by their numerous acoustic performances), they work hard, they’re professional and committed, their shows are fun, and they’re not ugly… like I said, I’m wearing my marketing hat here.

Here’s a few indications that others agree with me…

  • ESQUIRE included them in their list of “Top 15 Artists To Watch In 2013
  • Starbucks have them as “Pick Of The Week” this week (2/19)
  • PASTE Magazine named them in their list “Best of What’s Next”
  • NPR featured their upcoming album in their “First Listen” series week of 2/11
  • iTunes have them listed in their “Editor’s Choice” section
  • Amazon web spot features their track “Easy To Love”
  • KEXP hosted them live in studio today (2/20)

And if that’s not enough, publications such as RELIX, PASTE and MTV Buzzworthy have collectively likened their harmony infused music to legends like Fleetwood Mac, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses and The Head and The Heart.  Big praise for a band putting out it’s first full length next week.  For those in Seattle, you should catch the bands Album Release Show this Saturday night at the Showbox Market, a show made even better by it’s supporting acts, Kris Orlowski (one of my previous Band’s of the Week) and the up and coming Smokey Brights.  Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.  If you’re not in Seattle the boys will be performing across the US and Canada all of March, April and into May.  Click here for show dates near you.

As usual I’ve selected three of my favorite clips to show you… enjoy!


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New Role: Senior Vice President – Weber Shandwick Seattle

It is with great enthusiasm that I announce that I have accepted the position of Senior Vice President at Weber Shandwick’s Seattle office.  I begin this new chapter of my professional life at the end of the week and I’m thrilled to join such a respected and talented team.

 

As many of you know I was let go about a month ago during a round of deep layoffs at Spring Creek Group, something that I was very disappointed about at the time because I enjoyed being part of their great team. What followed my announcement of that layoff was a humbling reaction of support from my community of friends with the resounding theme being that “bigger and better things were in store for me”.  It would seem you guys were right!

I’m thrilled to be joining Weber Shandwick (WS), a leading global public relations agency with offices around the world. The firm’s success is built on its deep commitment to client service, their people, creativity, collaboration and harnessing the power of advocates – engaging stakeholders in new and creative ways to build brands and reputation.

I join the company at a very interesting time.  In addition to the offerings above, WS is evolving into a full service communications agency, meaning they can deliver Integrated Marketing and Transmedia solutions to their clients.  It is this reason that I chose to bring my experience in Marketing, Social Media, Client Relations, Business Development and Team Leadership to WS and be a part of their growing service offerings.  I truly feel this company is paving the way, providing the synergetic benefits of having all of a companies communications needs under one proverbial roof.

Thanks again for all your support over the past month folks, I really appreciated it.

 

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Lets get Kris Orlowski and Andrew Joslyn’s EP “Pieces We Are” in the TOP 10 (or 5) on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter Charts

Many of you have seen tweets of Facebook posts from me about Kris Orlowski over the past two years.  You may have also read my “Band of the Week” post about him here on my blog.  If you have, hopefully you have checked out his music, but if you haven’t please let me introduce his latest work to you.

Today, Kris and the incredibly talented violinist and composer Andrew Joslyn (who also plays with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and is featured on their latest chart topping album “The Heist”) released a new EP titled “Pieces We Are” and it’s already making a move on iTunes, where at the time of writing it sits in the 13th spot on the Singer-Songwriter charts.  The tracks on this EP are nothing short of luscious, the combination of Kris’s lyrics and Andrew’s compositions are a feast for the ears.  I know this first hand, as on Saturday night I watched them perform songs from the EP at both of their sold out shows at The Triple Door here in Seattle.

To say I’m fans of these two guys and this EP is an understatement, so I’m going to ask you to help to move this independent release into the top 10 and hopefully the top 5 on the singer/songwriter charts by clicking here and buying their EP.  But I’m not asking you to do this for the reasons you think.  Yes I’m a fan of their music, and yes I’m pretty good friends with both of these guys, but the reason I’m asking you to buy this EP is to pay them back for what they have done for our community.

As most of you will know I founded a nonprofit called Team Up for Nonprofits which produces music events called Gigs4Good to raise funds and awareness for other great nonprofits in our community while allowing them to continue to stay on mission, in other words, keep helping those in need.  Both of these great guys have played multiple times for Team Up and supported our community while doing it, raising thousands of dollars and great awareness through their talents.  Knowing them both as I do, I think they probably won’t be super comfortable with me promoting their great work through Team Up or the numerous other benefits or causes they have supported, but given that bashfulness, I think it’s even more of a reason for me to speak up.  These guys have helped our community, so how about we as a community help these guys get the attention they deserve, lets tweet and post on Facebook our support for them, their music and show them how much we appreciate what they have done for us.

Like, share, tweet and all the rest of it if you are with me… #PiecesWeAre

 

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An Unwelcome Surprise – No More Spring in My Creek!

This morning I awoke ready to go to work and continue to kick butt for a company I really like, but unfortunately for myself and about 16 other Spring Creek Group employees we have no job to go to.

Yesterday was a sad day for everyone at Spring Creek Group (SCG) as more than a third of it’s team were let go by it’s parent company due to a need to cut expenditure.  It was a surreal experience to get that tap on the shoulder and to lose a job I loved in an instant.  Clearly, due to the calibre of my colleagues who also lost their jobs, this was not based on performance, this was a straight up corporate cost cutting exercise, which I understand.  Business is business as we all know, you just can’t take this kind of a decision personally, so I bare no hard feelings to anyone or any company involved in this situation.

But I’m really disappointed, personally I feel like after 5 months with SCG I was just hitting my straps, I was growing my existing relationships with clients and building new ones with great potential, I was learning from the great team at SCG, and I was pumped for the next six months.

Instead, I’m sitting here this morning contemplating my future, wondering if I’ll go back to working independently, or if I’ll choose to try seek out another agency role, or if I’ll join a company/nonprofit and work direct.  Time will answer that question, but in the meantime I’d like to thank everyone at SCG and the IPG family, as well as my awesome clients, for a five months of learning, laughing and winning together.  To the senior management at SCG, you guys rock, keep up the great work, it’s been a privilege to work with you.  To my little team, continue to kick ass ladies, you are both a class act!  Lastly to those who also lost their jobs, you guys are a really talented group of people who I’m sure will be employed in no time, but I know “good luck” won’t go astray.

Should anyone be interested in discussing opportunities, please contact me through my LinkedIn by clicking here.

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