'till death us do part.. this is social capital #DBBM
I, Penny Power, take you, @name, to be my (new found friend). I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.
I, @name, take you, Penny Power, for my (un)lawful (follower), to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part....
I have shared below the sentiment I have when I connect online, not one that everyone will believe in or chose to follow, but it may go someway to explain why Ecademy has the values it has and why some 'get-it' and some don't....if you are wondering what the energy inside ecademy is, then please read this, and perhaps consider us as a community rather than purely a network. My observation of this over the years has shown me that those that practice these values within Ecademy also do so on Twitter, FaceBook and other networks where they can achieve a sense of real community. It begs the question, can we create community where ever we go, or do we have to join communities that have shared values?
My Networking Vows:
The promise of the new connected world is that we can be connected, randomly to thousands of people. Many of us are part of this new form of networking that places us in a manic world of information and engagement. There are the wide networkers, who can connect without a thought and are happy to build a virtual bridge between one another that allow them to occasionally bump into each other on FaceBook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Ecademy to name a few. The amount of opportunities to 'bump' into one another depends on the relevance of one another and how often you are in the same place at the same time, or at least a 'footprint' of you is left where the other notices it later.
Serendipity is a word often used when the 'right place, right time' moment occurs and fireworks occur - the reason for knowing one another becomes clear and you celebrate the mindset of each of you for the 'random' connection.
When I connect I do so with a very positive energy. I actually found myself recently saying to myself ''till death us do part'. I believe that we are all on a very tiny planet and we all have a good chance of long-term survival. At 47 I might know some of my connections/friends for another 50 years. That is a long time to have that should allow me to find a moment to add some value to their lives.
The concept of marriage is one I took very seriously. I know I have tenacity, tolerance and the desire to connect (and love) unconditionally.
I expect nothing of anyone that I connect with, but in time I hope that they contact me when they need help, connections, information, inspiration or just a friend.
The concept that I have described when adopted changes behaviour and it creates an asset that few people spend time and thought creating, Social Capital. I have relied on the growth of my social capital more than my financial or human capital. To me the people I know must be respected, listened to and nurtured. My family values are also my community values, I do not purely connect.
So, to anyone that I have connected with, please know that 'to death us do part, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer', I play the long game, and for that reason alone I love the concept of social media and social networking.
I look forward to being here for you when you need a helping hand or some unconditional love and support in the future, I trust that when the time is right, I might be the right person or I might know the person you need.
Founder of Ecademy and Ecademy Digital School
Helping you build social capital in your business and life