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Urgent: 100+ Orphans Need Your Help

Written by: Bill Sherman on Tuesday, 19 January 2010, 3:00 PM

Instead of talking about social capital and social learning today, I’m going to ask for your help to save the livesĀ of 135 orphaned children (including 26 infants) who may begin to die very soon. While the medical cause of death will be dehydration, the actual cause of death will be death-by-bureaucracy. Over the past five […]

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Two Guys Talk about Bras

Written by: Bill Sherman on Sunday, 17 January 2010, 6:30 PM

On January 6, 2010, unusual status updates started appearing on Facebook. Many women began posting colors and patterns. The Facebook Bra Color meme, which promoted breast cancer awareness, became a one-week wonder across the Internet and in main-stream media. The meme was spread through an e-mail between women, letting the guys puzzle it out. One […]

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Healthiness, Happiness, and Success

Written by: Bill Sherman on Monday, 8 June 2009, 11:10 AM

I want my friends to be healthy, happy, and successful. However, I tell them that they get to define all three terms for themselves. What does it mean for you to be healthy? What does it mean for you to be happy? What does it mean for you to be successful? Everyone will answer this […]

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Building Instant Social Capital

Written by: Bill Sherman on Thursday, 4 June 2009, 3:19 PM

My friend Mark Seketa just shared an excellent example of building instant social capital during a job interview. Here’s his story. Mark works in the world of IT and databases. On Friday, his recruiter called him. “Mark, I need you to go to an interview right now. I know it’s short notice. The client just […]

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