global helpThis is an amazing time in which we are living.

I’m sure others thought that decades ago when Henry Ford invented the automobile.

I’m sure they thought that when they heard about the first TV.  Prior to that point, their connection to the world of news and information was primarily through a box plugged in to the wall, which they sat around while listening to music, conversation, news and world events.

What about when my boss from L.M. Berry came back on the road with us, his salespeople, from a meeting at the corporate office in the 80s, telling us they were shown a telephone that actually worked in the elevator they were riding.  I remember saying, “You’re kidding!?”

Imagine what businesspeople thought when they were suddenly able to listen to the voices of callers when they left a message on their phone when voicemail was invented by our very own Scott Jones, an inventor hailing from my home of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Imagine what all my friends thought when digital cameras came on the scene, invented by Steven Sasson, allowing them to bypass the trips to the drugstore to get their film developed, always ordering doubles to share with family members, but having to throw away all the out-of-focus duds they took.

Imagine the first time a child sits in It’s Tough To Be A Bug in the 3D theater in The Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom in Disney World, seeing creatures flying out of the screen right at their faces.

Those were all amazing times in which they were living.

Today, I am amazed, or rather excited, about the possibilities that exist around us because of the way we are able to communicate with others around the world at a moment’s notice.  The tools we use, the media, are called Social.

People are very, very close, much closer than they’ve ever been before.

Via Social Media, I Tweeted Thomas Friedman, author of The World Is Flat, and asked him if he would like to co-author The World Is Close with me.  I didn’t expect he would answer me, but the important point here is that I could reach out with little or no effort to talk to someone who might, just might become a publishing partner of mine if he had decided I was worth his time.  Actually, I am worth his time.  He just doesn’t know it yet.

I sit here on New Year’s Eve, 2010, with my laptop in my lap, talking to people around the world with no more than a few keystrokes, a great deal of observation, sincere interest in what others are doing, and a whole lot of passion.

Imagine what we can all do with these tools.  The sky is the limit.  The conversations are there for starting.  Partnerships are within our grasp if we are bold enough to develop them.

…and yes, The World Is Very Close.  Even if my 1st choice of co-author decides he isn’t interested, that’s okay.  We have so many choices today.

By the way Mr. Friedman, all of my contact information is right here should you want to get a hold of me.  You see, because of Social Media, I am very, very close.

Happy New Year everyone!

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  • How true, Nancy. It is simply amazing when you do step back and think about where all this technology has taken us and has literally given us the ability to “connect” with virtually anyone – anywhere – any time. I began social networking just about a year ago. I really didn’t have clue what I was doing or getting myself into when it all started. What started as a marketing tool has certainly expanded in scope to now include – and probably my favorite part of all this – connecting with people I would never had met were it not for social networks via the web. In fact, I sincerely doubt I would ever even known about you! As the past year moved along, I realized what a treasure trove of people – caring, bright, engaging people – like YOU were out there. I am so glad I have connected with you and look forward to whatever the new year brings with people like you and so many other great “friends.”

    Happy New Year, Nancy. Keep writing from your heart and soul – that’s what makes the connection pure enjoyment.

  • Good for you for reaching out Nancy. Thomas might just be thinking it over right now. I know I have been able to reach and become online friends with previously unreachable leaders. You have the right personality for social media. You care, you give, and you are smart.

  • Thanks Brian…what a beautiful comment. I don’t think any of us really knew what was going to happen when we began to use Social Media. There is so much to be gained with regular use and true engagement. There are so many amazing people out there, and I love learning from, and connecting with, them. You are definitely one of those people. Thank you for your kindness, and for saying that I write from my heart and soul. Happy New Year!

  • Thanks Frank! People are just people, regardless of their name, rank or experience. That’s what makes all of this even more interesting…being able to connect with people of all kinds, and helping them connect with us. As I’ve said so many times, Social Networking helps peel away the layers of unfamiliarity that often exist for months, and sometimes years.

  • Love it Nancy, yes the world is very close and I am so very thankful that we are here to experience it all in our lifetime, I treasure the friendships that I have made due to the technology that surrounds us.

    Great post! Happy New Year to you and your family!

    PS: Thomas Friedman if you are reading this you really should get in touch with Nancy asap on that co-authorship opportunity, it would be an incredible experience for both of you and a fantastic resource for all of us!


  • I am currently reading a biography over Olof Palme, the Swedish prime minister who was murdered in 1986. I wss born in 1961 and the text about society, discussions and technological optimism of the sixties and seventies really made me think about how things used to be and where we are today; The things we take for granted today that just was not there only a few decades ago. The same kind of thoughts came to me when reading your text, Nancy. All those wonderful new things that just happen one day, which we then try to figure out how to use and the next thing you know, they are a necessity you cannot live without.

  • Laura Lee, you are wonderful! Thank you for your kindness, and the friendship we are in the midst of building. I love your PS too!

  • Hi Magnus…thank you very much for taking the time to comment. Yes, it is amazing at times to think about how communication has changed in the past few years. The interesting part about all of this is that even though others developed the technology, you get to decide how to use it. That will make the next few years very interesting as the landscape will change a great deal as users become more familiar with these tools, and what they can do. Thank you for stopping by. Happy New Year!